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


U.S. grain companies fear harm from new tax law

CHICAGO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The new U.S. tax law is poised to drive more control over the nation’s grain supply to farmer-owned cooperatives, provoking concern among ethanol producers and privately run grain handlers that they could be squeezed out of the competition to buy crops. Until now, the cooperatives, private companies and publicly traded […] Read more

Monsanto Co. and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. | File photo

Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

CHICAGO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, […] Read more

Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can protect corn, soybeans and cotton from nematodes worms that reduce yields. The company said it conducted three years of field tests across the United States in preparation for a full launch and that more than 400 people used it this year as part of a trial. | Screencap via www.acceleronsas.com

Monsanto halts launch of U.S. seed treatment after users complain of rashes

CHICAGO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. has put on hold the launch of a new seed treatment following reports it causes rashes on people. It is the latest instance of complaints about a company product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators. Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which […] Read more


Farmers and weed experts say the new formulations of dicamba-based products are causing problems because they evaporate and drift away from where they are applied and harm nearby crops that were not the targets of the spray. | File photo

Dicamba drift complaints strain U.S. state agriculture departments

CHICAGO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers have overwhelmed state governments with thousands of complaints about crop damage linked to new versions of weed killers, threatening future sales by manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE. Monsanto is banking on herbicides using the chemical dicamba — and seeds engineered to resist it — to dominate soybean […] Read more

U.S. chicken, egg companies heighten security after bird flu case

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, March 6 (Reuters) – Top U.S. chicken and egg companies ramped up procedures to protect birds from avian flu on Monday, a day after the federal government confirmed the nation’s first case of the virus at a commercial operation in more than a year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on […] Read more