WRAPUP 3-Businesses cry out for Brexit clarity, warn of no-deal chaos

* Firms urge UK government to avoid no-deal Brexit

* Companies say lack of clarity thwarting plans

* Customs checks would cripple trade

* Shares stable as fear of no-deal could focus minds (Adds Volkswagen statement on provisions, paragraph 6)

By Simon Jessop

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Business leaders in Britain and beyond warned on Wednesday of catastrophic job losses and chaos at ports if the country does not agree a European Union withdrawal, turning up the heat on politicians to deliver clarity.

Financial investors cut net long position in Euronext wheat

PARIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) -

* Non-commercial market participants reduced their net long position in Euronext's milling wheat futures and options in the week to Jan. 11, data published by Euronext on Wednesday showed.

* Non-commercial participants, which include investment funds and financial institutions, cut their net long position to 21,473 contracts from 24,268 a week earlier, the data showed.

* Commercial participants reduced their net short position to 19,963 contracts from 22,685 a week earlier.

WRAPUP 2-Businesses cry out for Brexit clarity, warn of no-deal chaos

* Firms urge UK government to avoid no-deal Brexit

* Companies say lack of clarity thwarting plans

* Customs checks would cripple trade

* Shares stable as fear of no-deal could focus minds (Adds comment from Ford)

By Simon Jessop

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Business leaders in Britain and beyond warned on Wednesday of catastrophic job losses and chaos at ports if the country does not agree a European Union withdrawal, turning up the heat on politicians to deliver clarity.

EU to impose tariffs on Myanmar, Cambodia rice for 3 years

BRUSSELS, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The European Union will impose tariffs on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar from Friday to curb a surge in imports, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The decision, which will be in effect for three years, follows a "safeguard" investigation launched last March after a request from the Italian government. Rice is grown in eight southern European countries from Portugal to Bulgaria.

USDA recalls workers to help process farm loans, tax documents -statement

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will temporarily reopen its Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

About 2,500 FSA employees who have been furloughed by partial government shutdown that began last month have been called back to work without pay, it said, adding that offices would also be open on Friday and Tuesday. (Reporting by Susan Heavey and Tim Ahmann)

Carrefour to audit abbatoirs, demand cameras for animal welfare

PARIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Carrefour will audit the slaughterhouses which supply its own-brand meat and ask them to install cameras in response to rising consumer demand for socially responsible practices.

Europe's largest supermarket retailer said on Wednesday it would conduct 84 audits of slaughterhouses that supply products sold under its brands before the end of 2019.

These will check if they comply with the rules set by France's Oeuvre d'Assistance aux Betes d'Abattoirs, which was founded to ensure animal welfare in slaughterhouses.

Brazil ethanol pipeline owner eyes corn-based fuel makers

By Marcelo Teixeira

SAO PAULO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Logum, the company operating Brazil's sole ethanol pipeline, is looking to expand the system into central Brazil to reach more plants and possibly the nascent corn-based ethanol industry, which is expected to grow.

Chief Executive Wagner Biasoli told Reuters Logum has secured financing for an expansion to link new mills in the state of Minas Gerais, boost delivery to Sao Paulo state and reach total capacity of 6 billion liters per year.

Louis Dreyfus to exit dairy by mid-2019 as part of overhaul

PARIS, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Louis Dreyfus Company said on Wednesday it would sell or wind down its small dairy business by the middle of this year as the trading giant focuses on commodities such as grain and oilseeds.

Privately held Louis Dreyfus previously earmarked the dairy business as a non-core activity, it said in a statement.

"The business accounted for roughly 1 percent of our revenues in 2018 and demanded substantial working capital resources," Chief Financial Officer Federico Cerisoli said.

SCENARIOS-Brexit: Where will the UK end up: fudge, no-deal exit or halting Brexit?

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - With just 10 weeks until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, it is unclear how or even whether the divorce will take place.

The crushing defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's deal means she must now work with other parties in parliament on a new variant if she is to avoid a no-deal Brexit or the other option, a referendum on membership.

UPDATE 5-Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

* May's Brexit deal defeated by 230 votes

* May's government faces no confidence vote

* Results due at 1900 GMT Wednesday

* Labour calls for a compromise on Brexit

* EU divorce in disarray just 10 weeks before leave date (Adds May and Corbyn)

By Andrew MacAskill

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday was trying to forge consensus in parliament on a Brexit divorce agreement after the crushing defeat of her own deal left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray 10 weeks before it is due to leave.

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