Death came swiftly for Aldo Machado's honey bees. Less than 48 hours after the first apis mellifera showed signs of sickness, tens of thousands lay dead, their bodies piled in mounds. "As soon as the healthy bees began clearing the dying bees out of the hives, they became contaminated," said Machado, vice president of Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul beekeeping association. "They started dying en masse."
August's shocking U.S. corn and soybean crop forecasts are about to be put to the test. After a government report sent agriculture markets tumbling, projecting higher yields for America's main crops than traders expected, grain-market watchers will be looking for a bit of ground truth. More than 100 crop scouts will count corn kernels and soybean pods during a four-day annual tour through fields across the eastern and western crop belt in seven Midwestern states.
Several private equity suitors are considering walking away from BASF's sale of its construction-chemicals business as the auction becomes increasingly focused on corporate buyers, people familiar with the matter said. Advent International's interest in the business is cooling as the Sept. 9 deadline for the next round of bids approaches, according to the people. Bain Capital and Blackstone Group Inc. are already out of the running for the asset, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, that he is ending his war on Christmas. The president's decision to delay some tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports set to take effect next month may have been motivated by an interest in shoring up the stumbling stock market. And investors responded with gusto, with the Dow Jones industrial average surging on the news to close up 1.42 percent.
MONTGOMERY, Minn. — The feed chopper was the only machine Bob Krocak ever bought new, back when he was starting out as an ambitious young dairy farmer. He used it to chop acres of alfalfa and corn to feed his herd of Holstein dairy cattle, which repaid him with some of the creamiest milk in Le Sueur County. The chopper and its fearsome blades lasted through four decades of cold winters, muddy springs and grueling harvests.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday, Aug. 9, said he "would love to see" the Federal Reserve dramatically slash interest rates by an entire percentage point, part of an escalating White House campaign to weaken the U.S. dollar in the face of global economic turmoil. Trump's comments, made to reporters before he traveled to New Jersey, were the second time in two days he has insisted that the central bank should further cut interest rates in a way that he said would help U.S. companies. "We are being handcuffed by the Federal Reserve," Trump said.
Bayer is proposing to pay as much as $8 billion to settle more than 18,000 U.S. lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer, according to people familiar with the negotiations. An agreement, which could take months to work out, would ease investor pressure over massive litigation exposure the German drug and chemical giant took on with its $63 billion purchase of the weedkiller's maker, Monsanto Co. The fallout has weighed on the stock price, prompted an unprecedented shareholder vote of no confidence in the company's management and fueled speculation about a breakup.
President Donald Trump said he's prepared to deliver more aid to farmers hurt by the trade war with China, but concerns are growing that the U.S. agriculture industry could suffer a long-term loss of market share as other countries rush in to fill Chinese orders. The nation's leading farm group on Monday, Aug. 5, called China's decision to halt imports of U.S.
The workweek started off relatively calmly in the areas west of Minneapolis. It was partly cloudy and 80 degrees. By lunchtime, softball-size chunks of ice were dropping from the clouds. "We got pounded" by the enormous hail, laughed Joe Checkal, owner of J.C.'s Auto Body and Paint in Franklin Township, Minnesota. "I've been in business 46 years and have never seen that before. They were as big as tennis balls." Despite the wallop, Checkal is relieved to have somehow escaped significant damage.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump moved Thursday to impose import tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods on Sept.