Food and Beverage Agriculture

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- U.S. farmers slashed their winter wheat plantings to the lowest in more than a century as supplies of the grain ballooned to a 29- year high, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday. USDA also dialed back its harvest estimates for the U.S. soybean and corn crops but 2016/ 17 marketing year production of both commodities remained at record...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was 4.20 cents higher at $4.23 a bushel; March corn was up. 60 cent at $3.58 a bushel; March oats was up 4 cents at $2.3560 a bushel while January soybeans lost. 60 cent to $10.0220 a bushel. February live cattle was. 85 cent lower at $1.1828 a pound;...

  • A resident named Kayte paddles her canoe through floodwaters on January 11, 2017 in Guerneville, California.

    California's powerful storms bring a major improvement in water supplies, leaving more than 40 percent of the state free of drought.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The North Dakota Farmers Union will be allowed to file legal documents defending the constitutionality of the state's Depression-era ban on corporate farming. District Judge Daniel Hovland means Farmers Union will side with the state against North Dakota Farm Bureau, which sued last summer to do away with the law that voters approved in 1932 to...

  • Cattle grazing on federal lands near Canyonlands National Park, Utah

    Ranchers and the livestock lobby are seeking rollbacks on public land policies to reverse what they call "extreme overreach" by the feds.

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Jan 12- Chicago wheat futures fell for a third session on Thursday as favorable weather forecasts in U.S. and Black Sea growing belts kept prices under pressure ahead of a raft of U.S. government crop data later in the day. The USDA will release reports on U.S. grain stocks, U.S. annual crop production, U.S. winter wheat seeding and world supply and...

  • The secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not approve or reject the merger but will face the issue of industry consolidation. How Trump responds on those issues- and who he picks to lead the USDA- could determine whether he is able to maintain the strong rural support he demonstrated in the Nov. 8 election. Trump has also met with Elsa Murano,...

  • MANILA, Jan 12- Philippine grains traders have purchased just over 53,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand and Vietnam in recent weeks, looking to boost supply in the wake of typhoons that destroyed local crops in the last quarter of 2016, the government said on Thursday. The shipments, comprising 41,464 tonnes from Thailand and 11,580 tonnes from Vietnam, were part...

  • *Chicago wheat eases, trades near last session's one-week low Corn falls for 3rd day ahead of key U.S. reports, soybeans down. SINGAPORE, Jan 12- Chicago wheat futures slid for a third session on Thursday, trading near one-week lows as the market faced pressure from forecasts of favorable weather in the U.S. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active wheat contract had...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 12- U.S. wheat held steady on Thursday, lingering near a one-week low, as forecasts for crop friendly weather continued to weigh on prices ahead of a widely watched U.S. Department of Agriculture report later in the session. *The most active wheat futures contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was little changed at $4.19 a bushel, having closed down 1.9...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs, marking the first time the Asian country has sought to buy large quantities of fresh U.S. eggs. The agreement to export shell eggs was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which kept prices from sliding further, according to Urner...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan 11- Makers of fertilizers that boost corn and palm growth are taking advantage of higher profit margins for uses in other industries, such as oil drilling and livestock feed, to ride out a severe slump. Canada's Agrium Inc said on Tuesday that nearly one-sixth of production at its new Borger, Texas urea nitrogen plant will be diesel exhaust...

  • *Corn, soy sag on risk-avoidance before USDA data. *USDA to release key reports Thursday at 11 a.m. CDT. As of 12:05 p.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade March wheat was down 10-1/ 2 cents at $4.16-1/ 4 per bushel after dipping to $4.12, its lowest in a week.

  • Here's why farmers won't stop growing tobacco

    The World Health Organization says farmers face hurdles when switching from tobacco to alternative crops.

  • BEIJING, Jan 11- China has increased punitive tariffs on imports of a U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers' dried grains from levels first proposed last year, potentially escalating a trade spat between the world's two largest economies. The ruling is a major victory for China's fledgling ethanol industry, which had complained the U.S. industry was...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was 10.60 cents lower $4.16 a bushel; March corn was down 5 cents at $3.5320 a bushel; March oats was up 1.40 cents at $2.28 a bushel while January soybeans lost 5.20 cents to $10.0020 a bushel. February live cattle was. 65 cent lower at $1.1888 a...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 11- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday took a step toward increasing the production of organic foods- which has not kept pace with demand- by launching a program to certify farmland that growers are in the process of switching to organic. Obtaining certification under the program will allow farmers to sell products raised in accordance...

  • *Risk-avoidance mood before USDA weakens grains, soybeans. The USDA on Thursday will release a series of estimates including U.S. quarterly grain stocks, U.S. annual crop production, U.S. winter wheat seeding and its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. "Soybeans, wheat and corn are weaker today as people take risk off the table ahead of the USDA...

  • BEIJING, Jan 11- China has increased punitive tariffs on imports of a U.S. animal feed ingredient known as distillers' dried grains from levels first proposed last year, potentially escalating a trade spat between the world's two largest economies. On Wednesday, Beijing said it found the domestic DDGS industry had "suffered substantial harm" due to subsidised...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 11- Chicago wheat futures slid for a second session on Wednesday, easing further from a six-week high reached earlier this week as improved weather forecasts for the U.S. Soybeans rose for a third consecutive session but gains were limited ahead of a widely watched supply-demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture due on Thursday.