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

The virus has cast further doubt on China's ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural goods in 2020. | File photo

U.S. ag secretary unsure if coronavirus will slow China’s farm imports

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday he does not know whether China’s coronavirus outbreak will upset Beijing’s pledge to radically increase purchases of American farm goods as part of the countries’ recent trade deal. The virus has cast further doubt on China’s ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more

Trump administration moves to remove 700,000 people from food stamps

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Wednesday it will make it harder for states to keep residents in the U.S. food stamp program in a move that is projected to end benefits for nearly 700,000 people. President Donald Trump has argued that many Americans receiving food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, […] Read more