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  • *Would be blow to key exporters Malaysia, Indonesia. NEW DELHI, Aug 18- India plans to spend $1.5 billion in the next three years to help farmers grow oil palm trees in an area the size of New Jersey, government sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing to make the nation self-sufficient in edible oils this decade. A successful Indian push into palm...

  • Aug 14- Tyson Foods Inc on Friday said it is permanently ceasing beef production at its plant in Denison, Iowa, effective immediately, as cattle ranchers work to rebuild shrunken herds following the severe Midwestern drought. Tyson's Denison plant has a daily estimated slaughter capacity of about 2,000 head of cattle over a five-day work week, which represent 2...

  • BERNALILLO, N.M., Aug 5- A U.S. The agreement is critical for U.S. exports and agriculture as a whole, said USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse at a conference in Bernalillo, N.M., attended by sugar farmers and policymakers, an audience with little to gain from the 12- country agreement. The U.S. sugar market is highly managed through a complex system of price supports and...

  • *Tyson forced to cut prices to clear inventory. Aug 3- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, cut its full-year profit forecast after posting its slowest sales growth in nine quarters as customers overseas refused to accept shipments delayed by West Coast port disruptions. During the disruptions, Asian buyers were importing meat from other countries...

  • Aug 3- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, cut its profit forecast for the year ending September, citing export market disruptions in its beef business and high cattle costs. The Springdale, Arkansas- based company said on Monday it now expects full-year adjusted earnings of $3.10- $3.20 per share, down from its previous forecast of $3.30- $3.40.

  • Aug 3- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, warned it may not be able to achieve its profit forecast for the year ending September due to export disruptions in its beef business and high cattle costs. The company had previously forecast full-year profit of $3.30- $3.40 per share. Net income attributable to the company rose to $343 million, or 83 cents per...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- Australia is pleased with discussions with Pacific Rim trading partners on resolving disputes with foreign investors but will not agree to a regional trade pact unless it wins more access to the U.S. sugar market, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of talks aimed at...

  • July 28- ConAgra Foods Inc has started talks with TreeHouse Foods Inc and Post Holdings Inc regarding the sale of its private label unit Ralcorp, which could be valued at around $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. TreeHouse, Post, and private equity firms that include Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have...

  • July 8- ConAgra Foods Inc said it would add two directors, including a former Nestle executive nominated by Jana Partners LLC, three weeks after the activist investor took a stake in the food processing company and called for changes. ConAgra will appoint former Nestle USA CEO Bradley Alford and former Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc CFO Timothy McLevish to its...

  • ConAgra appoints Jana Partners' nominee to board Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    July 8- ConAgra Foods Inc said it will appoint two directors, including former Nestle USA CEO Bradley Alford, one of the three nominees of its second-largest shareholder Jana Partners LLC. With the appointment of Alford and Timothy McLevish, former CFO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, the strength of the board will go up to 14, the company said on Wednesday.

  • Greek olive farmers demand cash as bank fears grow Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    LONDON/ ATHENS, July 7- The cash economy emerging after the closure of Greece's banks is beginning to paralyze the country's vital olive oil industry as farmers demand cash for supplies that distributors are unable to pay. With the country's lenders at risk of default, Greece's half a million olive growers, many of them small family businesses, fear the banks will...

  • JBS USA Pork to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 bln Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    July 1- Cargill Inc said JBS USA Pork would buy its U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion. The acquisition includes two meat processing plants in Iowa and Illnois. JBS USA is a unit of Brazil- based meat processing company JBS S.A..

  • Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year. Lawmakers last week granted the White House authority to close the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade deals and speed them through Congress, opening the door to a phase of...

  • The Corn Refiners Association, which represents high-fructose corn syrup producers, has hired Washington lobbyist firm, the Alpine Group, to challenge sugar's long-protected status, a spokesman for the organization said on Thursday. Its members include Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc.. This is the first time corn refiners have publicly taken the...

  • The Corn Refiners Association, which represents high-fructose corn syrup producers, has hired Washington lobbyist firm, the Alpine Group, to challenge sugar's long-protected status, a spokesman for the organization said on Thursday. Its members include Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc.. This is the first time corn farmers have publicly taken the...

  • Farm in the city Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Farm in the city

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on new projects rethinking agriculture.

  • Vertical farming: Disrupting agriculture Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    Vertical farming: Disrupting agriculture

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on how new technology and big data are driving the viability of vertical farming.

  • Vertical farming: The next big thing for food Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    Vertical farming: The next big thing for food

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan takes a look inside AeroFarms, located in Newark, New Jersey. The company is about to start growing two million pounds of lettuce inside a former industrial site.

  • Building a dairy empire in Vietnam Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 8:47 PM ET
    Building a dairy empire in Vietnam

    Mai Kieu Lien, chairman and CEO of Vinamilk, discusses how she transformed the small, state-controlled dairy producer into Vietnam's second-largest company in terms of market capitalization.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 12- A rally in the price of palm oil to three month-highs may run out of steam as buying ahead of the Muslim festival of Ramadan fades and markets brace for growing supply as the main harvest approaches, traders and analysts said. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which this year begins in mid-June, is marked by communal fasting and feasting that...