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Food and Beverage Agriculture

  • SYDNEY, April 25- U.S. soybeans fell on Tuesday, retreating from a three-week high touched in the previous session after the U.S. Department of Agriculture pegged the pace of planting ahead of market expectations. *The most active Chicago Board Of Trade March soybeans fell 0.2 percent to $9.69-1/ 2 a bushel, having firmed 1.1 percent on Monday when prices hit a high...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, leaving all but one of President Donald Trump's Cabinet positions filled. The nomination earlier passed the Senate Agriculture Committee with only one vote in opposition, although some Midwestern senators raised concerns that Perdue...

  • The province of Alberta alone has 1.2 million to 1.5 million acres left to harvest, much of it canola and wheat, said government crop specialist Harry Brook. ICE Canada canola futures have gained about 10 percent in the past three weeks. Barrhead, Alberta, farmer Ken Degner can see the reason for rising prices through his window, where 1,350 acres of canola, wheat and...

  • MOSINEE, Wis.— A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to some dairy farms threatened by Canada's milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close. Mullins Cheese Vice President Bill Mullins signed contracts to buy milk from eight family-owned operations, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A local milk processor,...

  • TEPATEPEC, Mexico— For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. It's a standoff that pits public health concerns— not just for valley residents but for the Mexicans elsewhere who eat the crops— against fears that family farms will go...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 2.80 cents higher at $4.0540 a bushel; May corn was up 2.20 cents at $3.5840 a bushel; May oats was up. 40 cent at $2.1760 a bushel while May soybeans gained 9.80 cents to $9.58 a bushel. April live cattle was. 38 cent lower at $1.2925 a pound; April feeder...

  • *Soybeans reach highest since March 30 at $9.68/ bushel. SINGAPORE/ PARIS, April 24- Chicago soybean futures climbed for a second session on Monday to a three-week high, supported by a weaker dollar and short-covering by investors. The Chicago Board Of Trade's most active soybean contract was up 0.7 percent at $9.67-3/ 4 a bushel, having peaked at $9.68-3/ 4 a bushel,...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market. The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Georgia, Sonny Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.

  • JUNCTION CITY, Ore.— The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From tending the plants to harvesting the grapes, it takes skill and a strong work ethic to produce the winery's...

  • *Soybeans hit highest since March 30 at $9.68/ bushel. SINGAPORE, April 24- Chicago soybean futures climbed for a second straight session on Monday to a three-week high with a weaker dollar and short-covering by investors driving the market higher. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.6 percent at $9.66-3/ 4 a bushel.

  • SYDNEY, April 24- U.S. soybeans rose more than 0.5 percent on Monday as a weaker dollar pushed the oilseed to a three-week high. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.55 percent to $9.66 a bushel, near the session high of $9.66-3/ 4 a bushel- the highest since March 30. *The U.S. Agriculture Department said private exporters reported the...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- A fungus that causes vomitoxin has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices. A vessel carrying a shipment of corn from Paraguay is due next month at a North Carolina port used by Smithfield...

  • SALINAS, Calif., April 21- Record rains are a double-edged sword for California's Salinas Valley: While the recent deluge virtually ended the state's historic drought, it also created muddy, unworkable fields- sending prices for everything from kale to cauliflower soaring. "Most fields under normal conditions would be planted at this point," Jerrett Stoffel, vice...

  • A shop owner sells a pack of cigarettes to a customer in San Francisco.

    A California lawmaker wants to ban retailers from accepting coupons that lower the price of tobacco products.

  • CHICAGO, April 21- U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, with key contracts hitting all-time lows as the outlook for Canadian plantings topped expectations and threatened to add to the already abundant global stockpile, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures ended down 1/ 2 cent at $3.63-3/ 4 a bushel. CBOT July soft red winter wheat was off 3/ 4 cent at...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, with key contracts hitting all-time lows as the outlook for Canadian plantings topped expectations and threatened to add to the already abundant global stockpile, traders said. At 10:42 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade July corn futures were down 1-1/ 4 cents at $3.63 a bushel. CBOT July soft red winter wheat was...

  • *Benign weather for U.S. wheat offset Europe concerns. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, April 21- Chicago wheat was little changed on Friday, hovering close to contract lows after coming under pressure a favorable weather outlook for major U.S. wheat belts. Chicago Board of Trade July wheat was up a quarter of a cent at $4.22 a bushel by 1058 GMT.

  • *Benign weather for U.S. wheat offset Europe concerns. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, April 21- Chicago wheat was little changed on Friday, hovering close to contract lows after coming under pressure a favourable weather outlook for major U.S. wheat belts. Chicago Board of Trade July wheat was up a quarter of a cent at $4.22 a bushel by 1058 GMT.

  • A Cargill logo is pictured on a truck transporting Provimi Kliba and Protector animal nutrition products near the factory in Lucens, Switzerland, September 22, 2016.

    Agri-business Cargill has its sights set on moving up the food chain.

  • *Favourable outlook for U.S. hard red winter wheat crop. SINGAPORE, April 21- Chicago wheat was little changed on Friday after dropping to a four-month low earlier in the session, pressured by plentiful global supplies and an improved weather outlook for the winter crop in the United States. Large export surpluses in key global suppliers are shackling Chicago...