JBS sees steady trade flows but flags export woes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, has said the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic could cause container shortages, port disruptions and other logistics issues, but said trade flows should stay strong thanks to Chinese demand. In a conference call to discuss earnings results on Thursday, JBS executives said its export operations had […] Read more


EU-Canada trade deal clears hurdle in Dutch parliament

Reading Time: < 1 minute Amsterdam | Reuters — The European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada cleared a political hurdle on Tuesday, when a slim majority of lawmakers in the Dutch lower house voted to ratify the contested deal. Votes by members of the country’s governing coalition were enough to approve the deal, which was rejected by opposition parties […] Read more

India offers U.S. dairy, chicken access in bid for elusive trade deal

Reading Time: 3 minutes New Delhi/Washington | Reuters — India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets in a bid for a limited trade deal during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first official visit to the country this month, people familiar with the protracted talks say. India, the world’s largest milk-producing nation, has traditionally restricted dairy […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: India aims to boost production

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The window of opportunity for Canadian pulses to be exported to India may rapidly be closing, according to a recent announcement from India’s agriculture minister. At a World Pulses Day event on Monday, Narendra Singh Tomar said the country is on track to self-sufficiency. Last year, the country consumed about 27 million tonnes […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn, wheat slide on strong dollar, export uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat and corn futures fell on Thursday as a strengthening dollar dampened U.S. export prospects and traders continued to wait for signs of China buying agricultural goods, analysts said. Soybean futures eked out a modest advance. Chicago Board of Trade March corn settled down 1-1/2 cents at $3.79-1/4 per bushel […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn end higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. grain and soybean futures firmed on Tuesday, supported by a broad rebound in equity markets following losses sparked by a coronavirus outbreak in China, analysts said. Worries about harvest delays in Brazil’s soybean areas added support. Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans settled up 2-1/2 cents at $8.79-1/2 per bushel, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Robust global demand supports Chicago wheat

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Profit-taking pulled down Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures on Wednesday after robust global demand and concerns about tightening supplies pushed the most-active contract to its highest price since August 2018. Soybean futures also ended lower, while nearby corn futures inched higher. Traders in the farm markets continued to wait for […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn, soy fall as traders await Chinese buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures weakened and soybeans touched a five-week low on Tuesday as traders awaited confirmation that China has started to buy more U.S. crops after the countries signed an initial trade deal last week. Most actively traded wheat futures hit their highest price since August 2018 at the Chicago Board […] Read more

No need for more U.S. farm aid after China deal, Perdue says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Austin | Reuters — With China poised to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural goods this year as part of a Phase One trade deal, the U.S. agriculture secretary said on Monday there is no need for a third year of trade-related aid for farmers. Farmers have increasingly relied on aid from the U.S. government to […] Read more