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U.S. livestock: CME cattle futures end up on firm cash trade

Lean hog futures close mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed modestly higher on Friday, supported by strength in cash cattle markets this week, but uncertainty about beef demand in the coming months capped rallies, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange October live cattle futures settled up 0.575 cent at 107.35 cents/lb. and December rose 0.525 cent to […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy extends climb, wheat jumps

Dry weather elsewhere supports wheat futures

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures extended their bull run on Friday, reaching a two-year top as top global buyer China continued with daily purchases of U.S. soybeans. Wheat futures surged more than three per cent on fears of tightening supplies from key exporters, and corn futures rose for a third straight session. Chicago […] Read more


U.S. grains: Soybeans touch two-year top on China buying spree

Wheat up on technical buying, cash prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures extended their rally on Thursday, rising 1.7 per cent to set a two-year high as brisk demand from China continued to support the oilseed market. Corn rose as the strength in soybeans overshadowed pressure from a smaller-than-expected Chinese corn import quota. Wheat futures jumped on technical buying and […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME hogs up on another swine fever case in Germany

Cash cattle values firming

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures rose on Thursday as Germany confirmed one more case of African swine fever in a wild boar, fueling market hopes that China will boost U.S. pork imports. The new case follows six others confirmed in wild boars, not farm animals, in the past week. While no farm animals […] Read more


Indian cabinet minister quits over farm legislation

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Delhi | Reuters — India’s minister for food processing resigned on Thursday over her opposition to planned laws to allow farmers to sell produce directly to bulk buyers and make contract farming easier, saying the legislation will hurt millions of the country’s farmers. “Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter and sister,” Harsimrat […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy jumps on China demand, fund-driven buying

CBOT wheat, corn follow soybeans higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures surged to two-year highs on Wednesday on continued export demand from top global soy buyer China and fund-driven buying, analysts said. Corn and wheat futures followed soybeans higher, with additional support from a more than four per cent jump in U.S. crude oil prices. Corn and soyoil sometimes […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME hog futures fall as China’s hog herd rebounds

CME December live cattle rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures fell on Wednesday, as the futures market continues to cool in the wake of last week’s rally and on news that the size of China’s hog herd is quickly growing. Hog futures soared last week after Germany reported its first case of African swine fever (ASF) and China […] Read more

Kraft Heinz to sell several cheese businesses to Lactalis

Canadian grated cheese lines among assets going for US$3.2 billion

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Kraft Heinz said on Tuesday that it will sell several of its cheese businesses to a U.S. affiliate of France’s Groupe Lactalis for US$3.2 billion. After weak sales results and several billion-dollar writedowns over the past two years, there has been market speculation about which categories Kraft Heinz will offload from […] Read more


U.S. to remove tariffs on Canadian aluminum

Ottawa drops threat of retaliation on stock trailers, fencing, other aluminum goods

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington/Ottawa | Reuters — The Trump administration said on Tuesday it will remove 10 per cent U.S. tariffs on raw Canadian aluminum as long as imports of the metal stay below levels that are expected to “normalize” over the next four months. In response, Canada dropped a threat to impose billions of dollars of retaliatory […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy down on profit-taking after climb above US$10

CBOT corn, wheat also down

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell on Tuesday, retreating from two-year highs above US$10 a bushel as traders booked profits and forecasts called for favourable weather for the start of the U.S. Midwest harvest, analysts said. Corn futures backed down from six-month highs set a day earlier, and wheat also declined. Chicago Board […] Read more