Today’s quick hits, August 17, 2018

Country’s biggest grocery retailer on the rise (Financial Times): Walmart reported its strongest growth in 10 years, led by sales of grocery, clothing, and seasonal items.

Trade war hits crop prices (Axios): According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price for U.S. agricultural exports fell 5.3 percent in July, driven mostly by a 14-percent drop in soybean prices.

Good signs on NAFTA talks (Politico): The United States and Mexico could announce a preliminary agreement for a renegotiation of NAFTA by the end of August.

JBS suppliers accused of animal abuse (BuzzFeed): A new investigation by Mercy for Animals alleges cruel treatment of chickens at farms in Brazil that supply JBS, among other meatpackers.

A watershed brewery (WAMU): In Hyattsville, Maryland, three friends have opened the first deaf-owned brewery on the East Coast.