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Taking a rain check: Australian farmers shun fertilizer purchases as drought lingers

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian farmers are postponing buying fertilizer and other products they typically use to protect their crops as a drought across the country’s east coast darkens the outlook for the rural sector in one of the world’s top exporters of grains. Farmers usually begin sowing wheat, the nation’s biggest rural export, in late Read More

Why U.S. growers are betting the farm on soybeans amid China trade war

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. farmers are gearing up to plant what could be their third-largest soybean crop ever despite failing to sell a mountain of beans from their last harvest due to a U.S.-China trade war that remains unresolved. Farm equipment and grain storage belonging to farmer Austin Rincker sit outside in Moweaqua, Illinois, U.S., Read More

Hot weather to linger across Australia in blow to rural sector

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hot weather will linger in Australia for at least another three months, the country’s meteorology bureau said on Thursday, piling pressure on the rural sector in one of the world’s top exporters of commodities such as wheat. The entire country has a 70 percent chance of temperatures exceeding average levels between April Read More

EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a move requested by President Donald Trump to help corn growers that supply the raw material for the biofuel. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at a media briefing at CERAWeek Read More

U.S. EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

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FILE PHOTO: An empty podium awaits the arrival of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to address staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ting Shen/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of Read More

Wine and shine: Scorching summer wilts Australia's grape crop

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s hottest summer on record is hitting its $4.4 billion wine industry hard, with grape yields set to drop to the lowest in years and hopes the heat could produce tastier tipples starting to shrivel like fruit on some of the nation’s vines. FILE PHOTO: Shiraz grapes can be seen on vines Read More

Republican backlash against Trump EPA pick fueled by 'biofuel reset'

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low, according to two sources familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: Acting Read More

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

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PARIS (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to Read More

Factbox: New systems pinpoint palm oil deforestation in real time, almost

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(Reuters) – Satellite imaging has been used to spot deforestation in areas of palm oil cultivation for years, but obtaining the images was expensive and they often took months to arrive to end users. A worker collects palm oil fruits at a plantation in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin New Read More

Jokeless & hostless: Entertainment industry facing PC onslaught

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Oscars 2019 is the latest victim of a struggle the entertainment industry is facing – staying entertaining and relevant, while avoiding scandal. Is it possible in a new era when everyone constantly takes offense? ABC, which airs the Oscars, was reportedly struggling to find a host after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out following a controversy Read More