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Argentina nears China hog deal it hopes could turbocharge local pork production

Buenos Aires | Beijing | Reuters – Argentina is nearing an initial agreement with China that could pave for the way for potential investments by the Asian giant in local pork production for export, Argentina’s undersecretary of trade and investment promotion told Reuters. That could eventually lead to Chinese-backed hog farms in the South American

Argentina says hit by second locust swarm, farmers on alert

Buenos Aires | Reuters — Grains powerhouse Argentina is getting hit by a second swarm of locusts arriving from neighbouring Paraguay, Argentina’s Senasa agricultural health inspection agency said on Tuesday, putting farmers on notice about possible crop damage. The new swarm is concentrated in the province of Formosa in north-east Argentina, on the Paraguay border.


Argentina jockeys to get its barley into Chinese beer

The Latin American nation hopes to displace Australia during a trade dispute

Argentina is jockeying to get more of its malt barley into Chinese beer, now that Asia’s mega-economy is locked in a trade fight with its top barley supplier Australia, according to industry sources in the South American grains powerhouse. China is the top global importer of malt barley for making pale lagers and other beers, while Saudi Arabia is the top importer


Argentine grains port workers request exports be suspended due to pandemic

COVID-19: The country has 502 confirmed cases and eight deaths

A labour union representing Argentine grains port workers has asked the government to suspend exports, a move that would put upward pressure on world soy prices and hobble the country’s main source of revenue as it seeks to avoid default. The URGARA union, which represents inspectors who check the quality of grains before they are



Argentine farmers plant more soybeans

Argentina’s government and the country’s main grains exchange increased their soy-planting estimates Nov. 21, as growers hedge against political uncertainty by shifting toward oilseeds, which are cheaper to grow, and away from more expensive corn. Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez, set to take office on Dec. 10, has said little about his farm policy plans. But



Argentine farmers favouring safe-bet soy over corn

Political and economic uncertainty hang over farmers’ heads as they plan their next crop

Reuters – Argentine farmers, anxious about an increasingly murky political outlook and economic turmoil, are turning towards soy over more expensive corn to cut costs, a shift that could impact next season’s harvest in one of the world’s top grain exporters. Farmers said a volatile economic situation in Argentina and the likelihood of a new