Update on genetically modified sugar in the U.S. & for key world markets

Almost all sugar beets harvested in the U.S. are grown from genetically modified (GM) seed, and the beet industry had feared that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard would be applied to beet sugar as a result. Arguing that beet sugar, like soybean oil [...]

Tariff aid focus on U.S. soybean farmers disappoints corn farmers

USDA announced more details on financial aid to farmers hurt by trades disputes. Direct payments to growers will total $4.7 billion, with $3.7 billion for soybean farmers, who will receive $1.65 per bushel on 50 percent of their projected production. For comparison, payments for [...]

First decline for world food prices in 2018

FAO reported that its Food Price Index fell 2.4 points in June, the first dip since the start of 2018, attributed largely to growing trade conflicts. With both corn and wheat weaker, the Cereal Index fell 6.4 points in June. The Vegetable Oil Index [...]

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Black sea a winner due to trade disputes

As the U.S. continues with several trade disputes, countries such as Russia and Ukraine seem to be benefiting from increased trade. The Black Sea’s international wheat trade share increased to 37 percent during 2017/18, more than the U.S. and Canada combined, according to Reuters. [...]