UPDATE 4-China retreats from U.S. sorghum probe amid global market havoc

* Move brings relief to Chinese importers, U.S. farmers

* Seen as goodwill gesture while China vice premier in
Washington

* China launched probe in February, imposed duties in April

* ADM has warned dispute will hurt trading profits
(Adds comments from ADM, Kansas governor and U.S. trade group,
and U.S. market reaction)

Armed with gas and cows, Kazakhstan takes aim at land degradation

By Thin Lei Win

VORONEZH, Russia, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -
K azakhstan is using natural gas and cows made genetically
efficient to slow the pace of land degradation caused by
deforestation and overgrazing, a top official from the Central
Asian nation said on Friday.

Damage to the region's unique cold winter deserts could have
long-lasting consequences that will leave residents with no way
of making a living, officials warned at a three-day regional
food conference in southwest Russia.

GRAINS-U.S. wheat futures jump; export hopes boost corn, soybeans

(Updates with closing prices, details, Iraqi wheat deal)

By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures rallied on
Friday, with the benchmark Chicago Board of Trade soft red
winter wheat contract surging 4.1 percent on forecasts for
dry conditions that could further stress an already damaged
crop.

ADM has resold most U.S. sorghum shipments that were bound for China

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) - Most of agricultural trader
Archer Daniels Midland Co's sorghum shipments to China
had been diverted and resold to other markets when Beijing
dropped an anti-dumping probe into U.S. imports of the grain on
Friday, a company spokeswoman said.

China ended its investigation into imports of U.S. sorghum
after imposing hefty anti-dumping deposits on shipments of the
grain last month.

REFILE-U.S.-China trade row sows confusion in farmer planting plans

(Refiles to remove extra word from headline)

By Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) - Tom Giessel is cutting back on
plantings this year on his farm in central Kansas as he reckons
with a drought, a glut in global grains supply and trade
tensions between the United States and China.

BRIAN-U.S.-China trade row sows confusion in farmer planting plans

By Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) - Tom Giessel is cutting back on
plantings this year on his farm in central Kansas as he reckons
with a drought, a glut in global grains supply and trade
tensions between the United States and China.

About 200 miles away in the northwestern part of the state,
farmer Janet Bear swapped the sorghum seed she ordered for corn,
after top importer China slapped steep anti-dumping
investigation into U.S. sorghum. The action pushed down U.S.
prices and made the crop less profitable.

UPDATE 2-Farm bill fails in U.S. House as immigration spat roils Republican Party

(Adds input from lawmakers)

By Amanda Becker and Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of
Representatives rejected a sweeping $867 billion farm bill on
Friday after Republican leaders failed to appease conservative
lawmakers who had asked them not to hold the vote until they
were given the chance to consider a bill to clamp down on
immigration.

UPDATE 1-Brazil weighs fuels tax cut as truckers threaten strike

(Adds comments from minister, truckers' strike threat, context)

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Alberto Alerigi

RIO DE JANEIRO/SÃO PAULO, May 18 (Reuters) - The Brazilian
government is discussing possible tax cuts to reduce the price
of fuel at the pump, the country's energy minister, Wellington
Moreira Franco, said on Friday as truck drivers planned a
national strike to protest high diesel prices.

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