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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Top Marijuana Stocks to Watch

Global spending on legal cannabis is expected to grow 230% to $32 billion in 2020 as compared to $9.5 in 2017, according to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. The research projects a majority of that, nearly $23.4 billion will come from the United States. In context of more states voting in favor of marijuana use legalization and business interest sparking […]

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Americans Have Been Saving Much More Than Thought, New Data Show

Americans may not be so spendthrift after all. U.S. households have been socking away a lot more money in recent years than had been earlier thought, revised government statistics released on Friday showed. The saving rate over 2016 and 2017 is now pegged at an average 6.7 percent, up from a previously reported 4.2 percent. The new data may help […]

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EU Counts Its Trade Blessings After Striking Deal With Trump

The European Union appears to have won a big trade-war ceasefire with the U.S. for a small price — at least in the short term. In return for a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to suspend the threat of an extra tariff on European cars, the EU reheated proposals to bolster transatlantic economic ties and threw in a vow […]

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