South America

Strike slows flow of grains to top Argentine port

Grain trucks entering Argentina's main port of Rosario slowed to a trickle on Monday due to a five-day-old sales strike by farmers, but exports remained uninterrupted due to ample dockside reserves. FULL STORY »

Argentine grain farmers call national sales freeze

Argentine farmers announced a one-week nationwide halt to grain sales this week to protest higher taxes in key farming province Buenos Aires, a move that lifted U.S. soy futures as traders braced for tight supplies. FULL STORY »

Argentine farmers protest as tax bill progresses

Lawmakers in Argentina's biggest grains province started debating a bill o n T hursday to hike land taxes despite strike threats by farmers who say the reform would drive some growers out of business. FULL STORY »

Argentina may have bumper soy, corn crop next year

Argentine growers could gather bumper soybean and corn harvests next season as forecasts for wetter weather bring hope to drought-hit farms, a senior USDA official said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Argentina orders grains strike suspension

Argentina's government ordered union leaders o n this week to suspend a planned pay strike by oilseed-crushing workers in the grains export hub of Rosario and hold talks with bosses, an industry source said. FULL STORY »

Solid but flat pork exports projected for 2012

U.S. pork exports will have a challenge to exceed the tremendous gains made last year, but it is expected that they will hold their ground. “We are encouraged by the first few months of the year,” Phillip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (MEF), told Pork Network. While he anticipates the final trend line may be flat, “it would still be our second best year on record.” FULL STORY »

Alltech Announces Young Scientist Winners

Solving the problem of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soil and developing more nutritious food for young children were the two winning topics in this year’s Alltech Young Scientist Program, announced at Alltech’s 28th Annual International Symposium. FULL STORY »

Argentine province set to hike taxes, farmers strike

Lawmakers loyal to President Cristina Fernandez scurried to gather the votes needed to raise land taxes in Argentina's No. 1 grains province on Wednesday, while farmers went on strike to fight the proposal. FULL STORY »

Colombia says U.S. deal to double trade, create jobs

A long-delayed free-trade deal between Colombia and the United States came into force on Tuesday, a step that should boost the Andean nation's exports and foreign investment, President Juan Manuel Santos said. FULL STORY »

Argentine farmers plan 4-day sales halt over tax

Farmers in Argentina's top farming province will halt sales of grain and livestock for four days to protest a planned tax rise, but exports should not be affected, an agricultural leader said on Monday. FULL STORY »

China inks Argentine corn deal but exports blocked

Argentina will not export corn to China until a deal is reached over the genetically modified crops, which are favored by farmers in the South American country but currently barred by Beijing, an industry group said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

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