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Iowa State study could help farmers diagnose soybean stresses with a smartphone

May 1, 2018 - 7:07pm
AMES, Iowa – New technology developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University could allow anyone with a smartphone to see crops much the same way trained plant breeders and scientists do.
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Lighthizer aiming for NAFTA deal in May as talks gather pace

May 1, 2018 - 5:23pm
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he wants to reach a deal in coming weeks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, adding a sense of urgency to trilateral negotiations that have run for over eight months.
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EU grain farmers may focus on quality to compete in tough market

May 1, 2018 - 3:35pm
Europe’s grain farmers may have to focus on quality over quantity to better tackle fierce competition from the likes of Russia.
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Trump's China tariffs risk costing U.S. jobs, new study shows

May 1, 2018 - 6:55am
President Donald Trump says his trade actions may cause "a little pain” in the short term, and a new study shows U.S. agricultural workers could be hurt the most.
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How bad was winter for wheat? In Kansas, we're about to see

April 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
More than 90 traders, farmers and other interested parties will head out into the plains of Kansas on Tuesday with the aim of finding out just how tough it’s really been for this season’s hard red winter wheat crop.
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Canada's farmers confound analysts as wheat planting to increase

April 29, 2018 - 8:51pm
It turns out that Canadian farmers aren’t that bullish on oilseeds, according to surprising projections from the government.
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EU to widen ban on pesticides linked to harming bees

April 27, 2018 - 7:27am
The European Union will widen a ban on pesticides linked to harming bees, a move that could threaten output of some crops and put pressure on insecticide makers such as Bayer AG and Syngenta AG.
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NAFTA nations to meet again; Mexico says deal `possible' in days

April 27, 2018 - 7:11am
The U.S. and its NAFTA partners are stepping up efforts to reach a tentative deal in the coming days — with one Mexican minister saying a pact is “reasonably close” while the U.S. prepares for talks with China.
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Bayer will sell more units to BASF in bid to clinch Monsanto

April 26, 2018 - 4:53pm
Bayer AG agreed to sell more pieces of its agriculture business to BASF SE for as much as 1.7 billion euros ($2.1 billion) as it seeks to close its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto Co.
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Changing trade alliances

April 26, 2018 - 9:25am
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Navigating the trade minefield is no easy task for government officials in any country, noted two women with decades of trade negotiating experience at the recent Chicago Mercantile Foundation Symposium of the Yeutter Institute.
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NAFTA talks ramp up in Washington as Trump says it's going well

April 25, 2018 - 7:46am
As President Donald Trump says NAFTA talks are “doing very nicely,” negotiations between ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada are ramping up in Washington in a redoubled push for a deal.
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China expands Brazil frontier as investment grows during crisis

April 25, 2018 - 7:43am
Building a major port in Brazil is the type of project that would hardly fall into the hands of a Chinese company. At least not until the largest Brazilian builders went down in the aftermath of a corruption investigation.
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Russia's wheat crop under threat from miserable start to spring

April 25, 2018 - 6:56am
Russia’s poor start to spring means farmers may struggle to collect a wheat crop that’s near to last year’s record.
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Next threat stalking American farmers is the end of cheap money

April 24, 2018 - 7:10am
American farmers have managed to stay afloat despite years of shrinking crop values, the lowest incomes since the recession and a budding trade war with China. Now, they’re feeling a new squeeze — borrowing money is getting more expensive as…
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Ag colleges press for farm bill research funding

April 23, 2018 - 11:51am
A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research launched in Washington, D.C., bringing together Iowa State University with 15 other public and private universities.
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Morocco's wheat outlook is bad news for top exporters of grain

April 23, 2018 - 10:38am
Morocco is poised to have a bountiful wheat harvest in 2018, and that may mean another slow year for the North African country’s top suppliers from Russia to France and Ukraine.
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South America stands to benefit Ffrom a trade war it doesn't want

April 23, 2018 - 4:16am
Some South American commodity producers may see their fortunes rise from the trade spat between the U.S. and China. But none are rejoicing, at least not publicly.
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NAFTA trio meets as telecom said to be latest issue resolved

April 19, 2018 - 5:10pm
NAFTA negotiators are said to have wrapped up another chapter of the deal as the three ministers leading talks meet again in Washington amid a push for a deal in principle within weeks.
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The 100th meridian, where the Great Plains begin, may be shifting

April 18, 2018 - 4:11pm
Scientists say the line will almost certainly continue shifting in coming decades, expanding the arid climate of the western plains into what we think of as the Midwest.
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China's dumping charge 'ludicrous': Perdue

April 18, 2018 - 3:30pm
"This is clearly a political decision by the Chinese and we reject their premise."
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