* The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that it had to pull all employees from an annual crop tour after an angry farmer threatened one with violence during a phone call.
According to Reuters, US farmers have taken issue with the department’s latest crop report which they believe does not adequately reflect damage caused by floods in spring.
Farmers are also frustrated with the trade war with China, which has resulted in unsold crops and falling farm incomes.
The department said that police will be present for the remainder of its Pro Farmer Crop Tour, which ends on Thursday.
* China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday that it hopes the US will drop its current tariff action.
Ministry spokesperson, Gao Feng said that, should the US persists with implementing any new tariffs, China would have to retaliate.
* The US and Mexico have reached a deal that will end the tomato tariff dispute between the two countries.
Mexico’s economy minister, Graciela Marquez said on Wednesday that the deal will halt the US’s anti-dumping investigation and do away with the 17.5% tariff on Mexican tomatoes imposed in May.
However, under the new deal 92% of Mexican tomatoes will be subject to border inspections.
Ms Marquez called this “good news” and added that the deal will keep the US open for Mexican tomatoes.
* Russia has reported new cases of African swine fever (ASF) near its border with China.
According to local authorities, infected pigs were found at two private farms near Blagoveshchensk in the country’s Amur region.
Earlier this month officials reported an outbreak of the disease in the Primorsk region, which is also near the Chinese border.
* Ukraine’s state department of food safety said on Wednesday that around 100,000 pigs will slaughtered after ASF was found at the Halychyna Zahid agriculture firm, one of the country’s biggest pig farms.
Reuters reported that the case could become the worst ever in the country as it affected nearly 1.6% of the country’s pig herd.
* Cargo surveyor Societe Generale de Surveillance said on Wednesday that Malaysia’s palm oil exports for the first 20 days of August reached 983,575 tonnes, up 6.2% compared to the exports for July 1-20.
This indicates a slowdown in export pace when compared to the surveyor’s report on the first 15 days of August which showed exports rising 14.3% to 752,470 tonnes from the 658,182 tonnes shipped during 1-15 July.
Intertek Testing Services said the country’s palm oil exports for 1-20 August reached 1,005,355 tonnes, up 8.7% from the 924,895 tonnes shipped in first 20 days of July.
Amspec Agri Malaysia said that for the same period in August exports were 1,027, 710 tonnes, up 13% from July 1-20.