Former employees of Kellogg are suing the company. Their claims? They allege the cereal giant shouldn't have sued them earlier this year. And why did Kellogg go after its employees in the first place? Well, for suing the company, of course. This complicated conflict, slated for hearings before arbitrators in February, is emblematic of the new world faced by aggrieved U.S. employees under a recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent. But first, some background.
China resumed buying U.S. soybeans, bringing some relief to farmers in Donald Trump's heartland as President Xi Jinping works toward a trade deal with his American counterpart. The giant Asian commodity importer bought 1.5 million to 2 million metric tons of American supply over the past 24 hours, with shipments expected to occur sometime during the first quarter, the U.S. Soybean Export Council said, citing unidentified industry sources.
For some tobacco farmers, the future may be in cannabis. Altria Group Inc., the U.S. maker of Marlboro cigarettes, made a $1.8 billion investment in Cronos Group Inc. on Friday, Dec. 8, amid pressure to find new growth avenues as U.S. smoking rates decline.
President Donald Trump said he will nominate William Barr as the next U.S. attorney general, putting an advocate of a strong executive branch in charge of the Justice Department as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation intensifies. Barr, if confirmed by the Senate, will take over after Jeff Sessions was ousted but the process could take several months.
China may be girding itself to buy more U.S. gas and soybeans amid easing trade tensions, but the sums just don't add up right now. American supplies would be uncompetitive or unneeded when shipped to China, based on current prices, shipping costs and other variables. So any resumption in purchases by the world's biggest gas importer and America's top soy buyer is unlikely to be for economic reasons and may be a political gesture by Beijing to smooth relations with Washington.
A growing number of honey bees die each year due to pesticides, vanishing habitats, poor nutrition and climate change, with potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture and natural diversity. Now, scientists at the University of Helsinki have developed the first edible vaccine against microbial infections, hoping to save at least some of the pollinators.
Former President George W. Bush choked back tears eulogizing "the best father a son or daughter could ever have" as official Washington turned out to honor the late President George H.W. Bush with the full pageantry of a state funeral. Bush paused and tapped his father's flag-draped casket twice as he walked up to the altar at Washington National Cathedral to offer a personal remembrance of the 41st president as a political leader of unrelenting optimism and steadfast personal character.
Congress is expected to vote this week on a new farm bill, which includes changes to the food stamp program. Lawmakers should take the time to read up on recent research about the program's effects. Innovative research has demonstrated convincingly that young children whose families receive food stamps benefit later in life.
It was mid-summer, less than three months before Canada legalized recreational marijuana, and Vic Neufeld had a problem. The chief executive officer of Aphria Inc. had just hired 50 people to work in the pot producer's greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario and by the end of the first week all but eight had quit. "Those are really hot, humid months and working in a greenhouse, as much cooling and airflow as we can provide, is still pretty darn hot in July and August," Neufeld said in a phone interview.
Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of lying repeatedly to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after pledging to cooperate, is set to be sentenced March 5 on two conspiracy charges. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set the tentative date Friday after a tumultuous week in which Mueller said Manafort breached a plea agreement through unspecified crimes and lies. The judge gave prosecutors until Dec. 7 to lay out how they say Manafort breached his cooperation agreement since pleading guilty on Sept. 14 in Washington federal court.