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By Paul Yeager | Covering rural America for more than 40 years with stories of agriculture, trading, markets, futures and technology.

India-US face-off at WTO in offing over poultry case as talks fail

The latest face-off is one in a series of disputes both the countries have been embroiled in, in recent years. (Reuters)<p>India and the US are heading …

Farming the World: China's Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis

China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. The Chinese diet is becoming more …

Agriculture

Brazil watchdog opens new probes into JBS-related insider trading

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's securities regulator said it launched four new probes against meatpacker JBS SA <JBSS3.SA> and other companies controlled by J&F Investimentos on Friday to investigate suspicious trades made before markets were rattled by the revelation of a plea deal by the company's …

Brazil

Protesters call for Temer resignation as uncertainty grips Brazil (JBSS3)

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 21 (Reuters) - Demonstrators gathered across Brazil on Sunday to call for the resignation or ouster of President Michel Temer who is implicated in a widening corruption scandal that is undermining his government's fragile efforts to end a historic recession.<p>Scattered …

Brazil

Complex world of border trade: Cattle go north, meat south

REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Waving arms and brandishing a long electric prod, the ranch hands and truck drivers herd about 400 leggy calves onto trucks as the sun crests on the outskirts of this border city. After spending their first eight months on the ranches of Gildardo Lopez Hinojosa, the calves …

Mexico

Much-Maligned U.S. Infrastructure Shows Signs of Improvement

The Trump administration and congressional Democrats frequently bemoan America’s aging infrastructure and have promised to spend money aggressively to fix it. Less noisily discussed: The nation is already making substantial progress in some key areas of decaying infrastructure.<p>American bridges have …

United States

Trans-Pacific Partnership moving ahead without US

The remaining TPP signatories have agreed to look into how they can move forward with the trade deal following the exit of the United States.<p>The …

International Relations

Eleven Asia-Pacific nations agree to salvage Trans-Pacific Partnership

<b>Bangkok:</b> Eleven Asia-Pacific nations, including Australia, agreed on Sunday to salvage a massive free trade deal that US President Donald Trump …

International Relations

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, …

Trucking

Heavy rainfall has many Illinois farmers worried about crops

Heavy rainfall across much of Illinois late last month has left many corn farmers wondering what will become of their crops.<p>The (Carbondale) Southern …

Agriculture

What Trump Wants From NAFTA Is What He Had With TPP

The Trump Administration has just spelled out what it wants from a renegotiated NAFTA. Basically what it wants is the Trans Pacific Partnership, the …

Globalization

California Grid Smashes Record - Getting 67% of Energy From Renewables

That doesn't even count hydro and rooftop solar.<p>On 13 May 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, …

Renewable Energy

Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who led President Donald Trump's transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations.<p>In closed-door remarks to …

EPA

A climate change solution beneath our feet

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet.<p>Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more precisely, the soil. She’s …

Agriculture

Get Ready for Peak Oil Demand - WSJ

By<p>Lynn Cook and<p>Lynn Cook<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@LynnJCook<p>Google+<p>lynn.cook@wsj.com<p>Elena Cherney<p>Elena Cherney<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@ElenaCherney<p>Elena.Cherney@wsj.com<p>The world’s largest oil companies are girding for the biggest shift in energy consumption since the Industrial …

Oil

In 2017 alone, enough US coal plants to power Qatar have announced closures

“Stay strong, Gillette,” reads a sign in Gillette, Wyoming. The small city of 30,000 people calls itself the energy capital of the nation. There are enough mines around the city to produce more than a third of all the coal burnt in the US.<p>The boom town is going through a bust. The city of coal …

Energy

Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’

Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? And how will it change the industry?<p>On 24 June last year, the few hundred residents of a temporary village, hidden from view in the middle of a West Sussex soft fruit farm, …

Brexit

Is that a farm on your roof? Agriculture is thriving in some unexpected places

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 800 million people grow food in and around cities. That’s roughly 20% of the world’s urban …

Crowd Cow Lets Consumers Carve Up Beef They Want Most

We’ve all heard the saying: you are what you eat. For food, this is clearly not a literal saying, but what we consume does contribute to our health …

State Laws Are Creating Anxiety For Food Producers

For most of U.S. history, there were virtually no policies that affected the treatment of animals in food production. Controversial practices became standard production methods without legal constraint, allowing for battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates. It was like the wild west for …

Agriculture

Rural Iowans will lose key advocate in USDA reorganization plan

From July 2009 until January of this year, I had the best job ever!<p>I was the Iowa state director of USDA Rural Development, an agency that impacts …

Agriculture

Got Milk? Too Much of It, Say U.S. Dairy Farmers

U.S. dairy farmers’ big bet on global demand for milk is souring.<p>The industry was in trouble long before a trade squabble with Canada last month that reduced demand for ultrafiltered milk, a cheese ingredient. Dairy farmers fear a spat that has jeopardized roughly $150 million in sales for …

Agriculture

TPP trade deal members seek to move ahead without U.S.

HANOI (Reuters) - Remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement are working on a statement to reaffirm their commitment to it, despite the withdrawal of the United States, sources close to the discussions said.<p>Some still hope for the eventual return of the United …

International Relations

Agriculture Defends Trade Because Agriculture Depends On Trade

With the onset of the Trump Administration, cold winds are blowing through the international trade policy arena. The U.S. withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a twelve nation trade pact nearing completion, and President Trump is talking about renegotiating NAFTA, the trade agreement between …

Economics

Specialty Pork Finds Japanese Audience

<i>Official numbers show U.S. pork producers sold a record amount of product to China in March. In the near future, cattle will rejoin hogs in the</i> …

Agriculture

Perdue Pitches Changes On Capitol Hill

<i>Facing threats of a 21-percent cut to his budget and a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the nation’s top farmer and food</i> …

Agriculture

Tornadoes Sweep Grain Belt

<i>Farmers building on the future are attempting to finish spring planting. The weather has held the upper hand for most of the week and dealt heavy</i> …

Weather

Why Trump's combative trade stance makes US farmers nervous

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.<p>But last month, many of them struck a sour note after White House aides signaled that …

Agriculture