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  • Feb 5- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported a 49 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower feed and livestock costs. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $461 million, or $1.15 per share, in the first quarter ended Jan. 2 from $309 million, or 74 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 15.4 percent to $9.15 billion.

  • *Indonesia, Malaysia plan to use more palm oil to make biofuel. SINGAPORE, Jan 14- The world's top palm oil producers Indonesia and Malaysia may have to curb plans to channel more of the commodity into biodiesel as tumbling crude oil prices render the edible oil twice as expensive as its fossil fuel alternative. Indonesia expects to raise the minimum bio content of...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 11- Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, is dealing with a technology issue at the company's data center that has affected hog production at a number of facilities, a company spokeswoman told Reuters in an email on Monday. Once the issue has been resolved, we hope to mitigate production losses through running...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 14- At least eight companies have contacted Brazil's state-run utility Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA to express interest in the planned sale of its Celg-D power distribution unit, a source with direct knowledge of negotiations told Reuters on Monday. The companies include China's State Grid Corp, Italy's Enel SpA and Brazilian...

  • Dec 10- PepsiCo Inc and German dairy company Theo Muller Group said on Thursday they had stopped production at their Batavia yogurt plant in upstate New York, without providing a reason. Dairy Farmers of America have agreed to purchase the facility and have also expressed interest in hiring several of the plant's employees, PepsiCo said in an e-mailed...

  • Short supply of Christmas trees

    There's a shorter supply of trees this holiday season than in recent years.

  • DuPont holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical

    DuPont is holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical for a potential deal, as the agriculture world struggles with lower crop prices and profits.

  • SAFM recalling contaminated chicken

    Sanderson Farms is recalling more than a half million pounds of chicken products that may have been contaminated with metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.

  • A 'fowl' quarter for Sanderson

    Falling chicken prices lead to disappointing Q3 earnings for Sanderson Farms.

  • Monsanto sweetens Syngenta deal

    Monsanto increases its offer for Syngenta.

  • Farm in the city

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

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Egg cost rising due to bird flu

    The bird flu outbreak could threaten U.S. poultry and egg supply for the next nine to eighteen months according to food service company Sysco.

  • Egg, turkey meat prices rise as bird flu spreads

    Prices for eggs and turkey meat are going up as bird flu affects the Midwest. CNBC's Kate Rogers reports.

  • Monsanto plants its seed into farming

    Agriculture company Monsanto is set to report its Q1 earnings this week. Michael Cox, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, discusses the company and how it's bringing new technology to South America.

  • Yen weakness is driving up the cost of Japan's food imports, but analysts say pinched pocketbooks won't slow consumers' taste for meals from overseas.