In his first trip to Iowa as acting administrator of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler sat down with commodity and agribusiness leaders during a small roundtable event at the Iowa State Fair.
SAO PAULO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law a bill authorizing the government to set minimum truck freight prices, drawing criticism from farm groups who said the measures would drive up costs for food.
According to a decision published in the official gazette on Thursday, Temer only vetoed one provision that would have pardoned truckers from paying fines for their role in staging an 11-day strike in May. The stoppage crippled Brazil's roads, hampering deliveries of everything from fuel to grains.
* Rising costs may lead farmers to reduce herds
* Some farmers forced to use up winter fodder supplies
* In some areas straw now more expensive than grains
* European soil moisture map https://tmsnrt.rs/2M4kIvA
By Michael Hogan and Nigel Hunt
HAMBURG/LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops.
Aug 8 (Reuters) - Conservationists on Wednesday notified the Trump administration that they would sue over its reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges.
The reversal, issued on Aug. 2 in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo, suggested that neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, were needed for "farming practices” in refuge areas where that was allowed.
Many farmers are expected to abandon ARC in favor of the traditionally styled Production Loss Coverage when given the chance.
SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Australia's east coast received some respite from drought on Monday after the heaviest showers in weeks, but analysts warned any relief would be temporary without heavier rains.
Nearly half of the state of New South Wales - one of country's biggest agricultural producing regions - received around 10 mm of rain early on Monday, data from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology showed.
The showers are a welcome boost for farmers and graziers in the state, 99 percent of which is in drought. Much of New South Wales received just 10 mm over the whole of July.
(Updates with new number of structures destroyed, size of fire)
By Alexandria Sage
REDDING, Calif., July 27 (Reuters) - A fast-growing northern California wildfire killed a second firefighter on Friday after high winds drove it into the city of Redding, prompting mass evacuations, destroying 500 structures and threatening thousands of other dwellings and businesses, officials said.
(Adds witness accounts, quotes from fire chief, data on acreage burned, request for federal aid, weather outlook)
By Alexandria Sage
REDDING, Calif., July 27 (Reuters) - A fast-growing northern California wildfire killed a second firefighter on Friday after high winds drove it into the city of Redding, prompting mass evacuations, destroying scores of homes and threatening some 5,000 other dwellings and businesses, officials said.