3rd Canadian canola exporter received quality complaint from China: Bibeau

A third Canadian canola exporter has received a non-compliance notice from China over quality concerns, the federal agriculture minister said Tuesday, the latest development in an escalating feud with the Asian country. Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the Chinese government’s complaint to a third, unnamed company as she testified before a parliamentary committee studying a trade dispute that has seen China suspend […]

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Checks on both sides of Irish border ‘mandatory under no-deal Brexit’

European Union and World Trade Organization checks would be mandatory on both sides of the Irish border in the event of no-deal Brexit, one of the world’s leading experts on customs has said. Michael Lux, a former head of customs legislation and procedures at the European commission, said the UK would have to impose customs checks and tariffs on the […]

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Brazil minister blasts supermodel Bundchen, invites her to be environment envoy

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s agriculture minister on Monday criticized supermodel Gisele Bundchen for saying Brazil is a deforester and said she will invite the supermodel to be an ambassador for the country’s efforts to supply the world with food while preserving nature. Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Twitter that Bundchen would receive the invitation soon, after striking out at […]

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Dozens of Iowa farmers get less than $25 from Trump tariff assistance, data show

Nearly $31 million in bailout payments are hitting the mailboxes of Iowa farmers slammed financially from ongoing U.S. trade disputes, detailed data from a national environmental group show. But some checks will barely cover the cost of a Starbucks coffee for a few growers. About 100 of the nearly 4,300 payments to Iowa farmers through October are less than $25, according to […]

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Brazil's Bolsonaro might keep agriculture, environment ministries apart

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday his future administration may keep the agriculture and the environment ministries separate, backtracking from a proposal to combine the two that had alarmed environmentalists. “We had an idea to combine the ministries but it seems both will remain separate, with one person focusing on environment protection,” he said during […]

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Brazil front-runner's planned ministry merger could hurt farm trade: official

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro’s proposal to merge the farm and environment ministries could hurt Brazil’s quest for 10 percent of the global farm trade, the country’s deputy agriculture minister said on Tuesday. Eumar Novacki said that he was not opposed to the idea of combining the ministries but that it would likely be viewed abroad […]

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Top 3 Agriculture ETFs for 2018

Agriculture industry sources reported downward trends across agricultural commodities in 2017. While a number of challenges still remain in the sector, 2018 has been showing slightly better price performance. In October the World Bank’s October commodities outlook projected agriculture prices would see a gain of approximately 1.2%. Meanwhile, JPMorgan analysts suggest betting on grains and sugar, where demand is expected […]

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3 Charts That Suggest Agriculture Commodities Could Move Lower

It is common for commodity traders to focus their attention on the agricultural markets in early August. Given the point in the growing season, momentum from supply and demand tends to be set and will generally reverse only due to a significant shift in underlying fundamentals. With that said, fair weather, increased productivity, robust supply, media attention and the threat of […]

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