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US farmers on the front line of Trump trade spat

Despite some apparent de-escalation of Donald Trump’s trade war with China this week, it really hasn’t got started. Tariffs on $34bn (£26bn) of Chinese goods will come into force on July 6 and China will retaliate – with Trump-supporting farmers firmly in its firing line. US agricultural products that face trade …

An army of worms is invading Africa – Daily chart

The spread of Spodoptera frugiperda is threatening the region’s food safety AFRICA has been invaded on quiet wings. The fall armyworm, a pest known for munching its way through more than 80 plant species, first arrived in Nigeria in January 2016. Today, it can be found in 43 countries across …

US government proposes new rules for hog slaughter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog …