South America

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 »

Argentine corn, soy harvests slower than last year

Argentina's fall corn and soy harvests are progressing slower than they were last year and with uneven yields compared with the 2010/11 season, the government's weekly crop report said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Early frosts may hurt late-planted Argentine soy

Frosts that started over the weekend in parts of Argentina's Pampas farm belt may threaten late-planted soy if the unusually cold weather persists, climatologists said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

EU preparing WTO trade suit against Argentina

The European Union is planning to lodge a complaint at the World Trade Organization over Argentina's import restrictions and is seeking other trading partners to back its suit, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Colombia FTA set for implementation, May 15

The U.S./Colombia free-trade agreement (FTA) is on track to be implemented next month—May 15 to be exact. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk made the announcement during the Summit of the Americas held this past weekend in Colombia. FULL STORY »

Brazil soy crop cut again as harvest nears end

Local forecaster Celeres downgraded the size of Brazil's soy crop for a fourth month on Monday as drought damage became clearer, but said further large cuts to the world's No. 2 producer were less likely as the harvest winds down. FULL STORY »

No deal yet to end Argentine grain truckers strike

A strike by Argentine truckers disrupted the flow of corn and soybeans to the country's main ports for a second day on Tuesday after union leaders failed to reach a deal with the government. FULL STORY »

Argentine truckers strike as soy harvest starts

Argentina's truckers have called an indefinite strike to demand higher pay rates, parking their rigs in protest just as exporters were counting on them to haul freshly harvested soybeans to port. FULL STORY »

Alltech, IFAJ present Young Leader Award

Alltech and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) will once again partner to present the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award. It recognizes the leadership potential of 10 young members each year from IFAJ-member countries, and supports their participation at the annual IFAJ Congress. FULL STORY »

Argentina slowly starts to harvest drought-hit soy

Argentine farmers have started harvesting soybeans but heavy rains that arrived after months of drought have slowed efforts to gather the parched crops, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said on Thursday. FULL STORY »

Argentine port workers suspend strike

Argentine dockworkers on Tuesday suspended a 12-day-old strike that had delayed more than $500 million in grains shipments while forcing cargo vessels to drop anchor along the country's waterways. FULL STORY »

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