Hay bales damaged by flooding are piled up at a cattle feeding operation near Buffalo, Oklahoma, after a series of storms across the central plains put seeding behind schedule and damaged stored grain and forages. |  REUTERS/Gene Blevins photo

U.S. livestock dining on the finer things

U.S. farmers are feeding their livestock everything from outdated pet food and leftover bakery rolls to crops imported from South America after unprecedented spring planting delays boosted prices for locally grown corn. Corn is typically used to fatten hogs, cattle and poultry, but its high price has farmers in the $150 billion U.S. meat and […] Read more

DowDuPont says widespread sales of Enlist seeds in the United States, Canada and Brazil may be delayed until the 2020 planting seasons unless the Philippines regulator moves quickly. | File photo

How a Philippines regulator stymied DowDuPont’s global seed launch

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – A Philippines regulator poses an unexpected obstacle to DowDuPont’s launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans in the United States as the company challenges Bayer AG’s decades-long dominance of the U.S. seed market. China’s January approval for imports of DowDuPont’s Enlist E3 soybeans – amid the U.S.-China trade war […] Read more

Corteva said Enlist E3 soybeans, which can resist three herbicides, will be offered in Brazil, Canada and the United States. Some commercial sales will begin in 2019, but timing will vary by country, according to a statement. | File photo

DowDuPont farm unit plans to launch Enlist E3 soy broadly in 2020

CHICAGO (Reuters) – DowDuPont’s agriculture unit, Corteva Agriscience, is gearing up to broadly sell farmers in North America and Brazil a new type of genetically modified soybean for planting next year in a challenge to rival Bayer AG . Corteva revealed its plans for Enlist E3 soy seeds on Thursday, after top global soy buyer […] Read more

Disrupted agricultural trade hurt both sides particularly hard because China is the world's biggest soybean importer and last year relied on the United States for $12 billion worth of the oilseed. | USDA photo

Trade wars cost U.S., China billions of dollars each in 2018

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — The U.S.-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology and above all, agriculture. Broad pain from trade tariffs outlined by several economists shows that, while specialized industries including U.S. soybean crushing benefited from the dispute, it had an overall […] Read more

China trade row sows confusion in farmer planting plans

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tom Giessel is cutting back on plantings this year on his farm in central Kansas as he reckons with a drought, a glut in global grains supply and trade tensions between the United States and China. About 200 miles away in the northwestern part of the state, farmer Janet Bear swapped the […] Read more

Trade tensions crimp U.S. soybean sales to China – Bunge CEO

(Reuters) – U.S. soybean sales to China have ground to a halt after Beijing threatened tariffs on imports, the CEO of agricultural trader Bunge Ltd said on Wednesday, the latest sign of mounting trade tensions upsetting the global flow of commodities. Countries such as Brazil and Canada are increasing soybean sales to China after Beijing […] Read more

Monsanto’s troubles with its Roundup Ready 2 Extend variety is said to be opening the door to its rivals in the soybean variety business.  |  File photo

Battle of the beans

WINNIPEG/CHICAGO — Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable […] Read more

The U.S. chicken sector, which is dominated by these large meat
companies, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as
customers and farmers have alleged antitrust violations relating to
pricing, production and compensation. | Screencap via www.tyson.com

U.S. food distributors allege Tyson Foods, rivals fixed chicken prices

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Top U.S. food distributors Sysco Corp and U.S. Foods Inc have sued the country’s biggest chicken processors for allegedly conspiring to inflate prices. The distributors sued companies including Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Sanderson Farms and Perdue Farms in separate complaints filed in federal court on Tuesday. The U.S. chicken sector, […] Read more