South America

U.S.-Colombia trade deal to enter into force in May

The U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, reducing duties on American exports entering the South American country, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said on Sunday. FULL STORY »

No deal yet to end Argentine grain truckers strike

A strike by Argentine truckers disrupted the flow of corn and soybeans to the country's main ports for a second day on Tuesday after union leaders failed to reach a deal with the government. FULL STORY »

Argentine port workers suspend strike

Argentine dockworkers on Tuesday suspended a 12-day-old strike that had delayed more than $500 million in grains shipments while forcing cargo vessels to drop anchor along the country's waterways. FULL STORY »

Argentina unlikely to sell large corn volumes to China

Argentina is unlikely to sell large volumes of corn to China this year, despite a recent deal between the two countries on trading the grain, due to a lower-than-expected output, an Argentine trader said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Argentina strike idles $500 million in grains dockside

Up to 85 cargo ships sat idle along Argentina's waterways on Tuesday and more than $500 million in soy and other grains piled up dockside as port managers refused the demands of workers striking for a 12th day running. FULL STORY »

Costs multiply in Argentine port strike-grains exchange

An 11-day-old Argentine port workers' strike has halted key grains exports and could soon start affecting other commodities shipments around the world, the Rosario grains exchange said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Argentina farm forecast seen rosier next season

After back-to-back droughts, Argentine growers could have a record harvest of soybeans and corn next season as the La Niña weather phenomenon makes way for El Niño, one of the country's best-known forecasters said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Study simulates effects of foot-and-mouth outbreak in Mexico

In a worst-case scenario simulation of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Mexico, researchers found that establishing a good surveillance system and raising a more resilient breed of cattle could lessen the blow to the industry. FULL STORY »

JBS plans expansion, renting slaughterhouses in Brazil

Unofficial reports say JBS SA has leased four slaughterhouses in Brazil, allowing them to slaughter an additional 3,050 animals per day. FULL STORY »

Argentine corn crop seen smaller due to drought

Weeks of drought in Argentina caused irreversible damage to corn plants in the world's No. 2 exporter, prompting the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange to cut its 2011/12 crop estimate on Thursday. FULL STORY »

CME: U.S. farmers watching South American crops

As US farmers get ready for plantings this spring, they are keeping a close eye on the developing crops in South America. FULL STORY »

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