Uncertainty about when the plant will reopen rattled cattle futures because the industry does not have extra capacity to process livestock at other plants, analysts said. | Grand Island Fire Department photo

CME cattle futures drop as fire closes JBS beef plant

CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle futures fell to their lowest prices since June on Monday on concerns that U.S. ranchers could temporarily lose a place to deliver their livestock for slaughter after a fire damaged a JBS USA beef plant. JBS, owned by Brazilian firm JBS SA, halted production at the […] Read more

Liquidations of breeding stock are expected to limit cattle production in the coming years, tightening North America's beef supply and driving up consumer prices, according to two dozen ranchers and cattle experts. | Twitter/@vanridge1 photo

Drought forces North American ranchers to sell off their future

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – When Canadian rancher Dianne Riding strides across her brown pasture, sidestepping cracks and popping grasshoppers, she has less company than usual. Record-setting heat and sparse rain left Riding with too little grass or hay to feed her cattle near Lake Francis, Manitoba. She sold 51 head at auction in […] Read more

Cargill said its Reserve, Louisiana, terminal, one of two the company operates along the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico,

Hurricane Ida damages Louisiana grain terminal, disrupts exports

CHICAGO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Hurricane Ida damaged a grain export elevator owned by global grain trader Cargill Inc, and rival shipper CHS Inc warned on Monday its grain facility may lack power for weeks after the storm tore though the busiest U.S. grains port. Cargill said its Reserve, Louisiana, terminal, one of two the […] Read more

Workers at the JBS plant in Brooks, Alta., were returning to work Wednesday after a cyberattack last weekend disrupted JBS production at plants in North America and Australia. |  Facebook/JBS Canada photo

JBS workers returning as U.S. blames Russia over hack

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) – JBS SA employees were returning to U.S. meat plants on Wednesday, a day after the company’s beef operations stopped following a ransomware attack. A posting on Facebook said JBS workers in Brooks, Alta., were also returning to work Wednesday. A notorious Russia-linked hacking group is behind the cyberattack against JBS […] Read more

The timing could not be worse for farmers preparing to plant crops. | File photo

North America farm suppliers race COVID-19 spread for planting season

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – North America’s biggest farm suppliers are accelerating shipments of fertilizer, seeds and agricultural chemicals to crop-growing regions in an unprecedented race against the COVID-19 virus that threatens to disrupt planting season. The timing could not be worse for farmers preparing to plant crops. Disruptions in deliveries of fertilizer, seeds or chemicals […] Read more

U.S. under pressure to keep slaughterhouses open during virus outbreak

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to reassure meat producers it will keep slaughterhouses staffed with federal inspectors as fears about potential shutdowns due to the new coronavirus hammer livestock prices and fuel concerns about food supplies, meat industry groups said on early this week. Livestock markets have been hit hard […] Read more

Corteva, formed last year from the agricultural units of Dow Chemical and DuPont, expects its Enlist E3 seed to make up 20 percent of the U.S. crop in 2020, the first year it has been widely available. | File photo

Bayer’s top seed faces U.S. soybean challenge from Corteva

CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (Reuters) – Bayer AG’s takeover of Monsanto has been beset by problems, and now a decades-long dominance of the $4 billion U.S. soybean seed market is under threat from rival Corteva Inc. Bayer told Reuters it expects plantings of its genetically modified Xtend soybean seeds to flatline this year for the first time, […] Read more