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Fall armyworm invades crops across Asia, smallholders worst hit

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BAN NONG TOR, Thailand/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Looking out at his empty, red-earth field, Thai farmer Puang Timdon said his two-week-old maize crop didn’t stand a chance against the fall armyworm pest. A farmer shows a Fall Army Worm in a maize field at Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand June 12, 2019. Picture taken on Read More

Illinois farmers give up on planting after floods, throw party instead

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DEER GROVE, Ill. (Reuters) – The Happy Spot was a little depressed. Puddles are seen in farm fields as heavy rains caused unprecedented delays in U.S. corn planting this spring, near Sheffield, Illinois, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Polansek Dozens of corn farmers and those who sell them seed, chemicals and equipment gathered on Thursday Read More

U.S. farmers experimenting with hemp as China trade war drags on

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HAYSVILLE, Kansas (Reuters) – A growing number of U.S. farmers battered by low grain prices and the threat of a prolonged trade war with China are seeking salvation in a plant that until recently was illegal: hemp. A cousin of cannabis plants that produce marijuana, hemp is used in products ranging from food to building Read More

Bayer to invest 5 billion euros in weedkiller research

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer, the German crop science and chemicals group reeling from U.S. litigation over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer, said on Friday it would invest 5 billion euros ($5.64 billion) in weedkiller research. FILE PHOTO: Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Read More

Bayer says to invest 5 billion euros in new weed killers

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FILE PHOTO: Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayer said it would invest 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) in developing new weedkillers and reducing its environmental impact by 30% by 2030, as it Read More

US EPA readies proposal for 2020-21 biofuel mandate

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Highlights EPA says on track to release final volumes on time Trump to tour Iowa ethanol plant Tuesday Warren criticizes small refinery waivers Washington — The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposal for how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuel supply next year, a spokesman said Monday. Read More

Spice maker McCormick’s quest to make your vanilla milkshake cheaper

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CHICAGO/ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (Reuters) – A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. FILE PHOTO: Fresh vanilla pods are seen at a plantation in Ambavala, near Andapa, Sava region, Madagascar July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Clarel Faniry Rasoanaivo/File Photo Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice Read More

Trump lifts curbs on E15 gasoline to help farmers, angering Big Oil

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Friday lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China but drawing a legal threat from the oil industry. FILE PHOTO: A gas pump selling E15, a gasoline with 15 percent of ethanol, Read More

Trump lifts curbs on E15 gasoline, delivering on promise to U.S. farmers

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FILE PHOTO: A gas pump selling E15, a gasoline with 15 percent of ethanol, is seen in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Friday lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, keeping a campaign promise to Read More

Trump poised to lift curbs on E15 gasoline in latest boost to U.S. farmers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will announce an end to a summertime ban on sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline as early as Friday, a spokesman for a federal regulator said, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China, but inviting a legal challenge from the oil industry. Read More