Food and Beverage Agriculture

  • Dec 8- Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said. The lawsuit- against Monsanto and two of its splinter companies, Solutia Inc and Pharmacia LLC- seeks compensation for damages to...

  • Dec 8- Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said. The lawsuit- against Monsanto and two of its splinter companies, Solutia Inc and Pharmacia LLC- seeks compensation for damages to...

  • SEATTLE— Washington on Thursday became the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. "It is time to hold the sole U.S. manufacturer of PCBs accountable for the significant harm they have caused to our...

  • MINEOLA, N.Y.— Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and three fishing-based municipalities are seeking to delay the lease sale of an Atlantic Ocean site between New York and New Jersey that federal officials envision as the home of a massive offshore wind energy project. The Associated Press obtained a copy of a 45- page motion ahead of its filing...

  • Sec. Vilsack: Continue to promote US products to China

    Tom Vilsack, Agriculture secretary, offers his thoughts to Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad about trade relations with China.

  • *More wheat purchases expected as India ends duties. *Prices drift before USDA report on Friday. "Wheat is seeing support today from the news that India is removing its wheat import tariffs," said Matt Ammermann, commodity risk manager for INTL FCStone.

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 8- India has scrapped its 10 percent import duty on wheat, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament on Thursday, amid fears of a shortage of the staple after droughts in 2014 and 2015 depleted stocks. Private importers have already purchased about 500,000 tonnes of wheat, largely from Australia, in the past month after the world's...

  • BEIJING, Dec 8- China will consume less corn in 2016/ 17 than previously forecast as livestock farmers in the world's top grain buyer give their animals more sorghum and barley and as overall demand for feed wanes, the nation's official think tank said on Thursday. In a daily report, the China National Grains and Oils Information Center cut its estimate for corn...

  • PUNTA DE ARAYA, Venezuela— The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family. "People can't make a living fishing anymore, so they're using their boats for the options that remain: smuggling gas, running drugs and piracy," said Jose Antonio Garcia, leader of the state's largest union.

  • BEIJING, Dec 8- China's small, independent refiners are set to raise their crude oil imports again in 2017 on expectations that Beijing will keep their intake quotas steady, market participants said, a move that should help eat up some of the global supply glut. Called "teapots" due to the small capacities of their plants compared with the big state-run refineries,...

  • *Soybean prices fall despite Argentina crop concerns. SYDNEY, Dec 8- U.S. wheat futures edged up on Thursday to move away from a five-day low touched in the previous session, though ample global supply capped gains. The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade had risen 0.31 percent to $4.02-1/ 4 a bushel by 0332 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 8- U.S. wheat futures edged higher on Thursday, rebounding from a five-day low touched in the previous session, although ample global supplies put a ceiling on gains. *The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.5 percent to $4.03 a bushel, having closed down 1.4 percent on Wednesday when prices fell to a low of $3.99-1/ 2 a bushel- the...

  • *Wheat falls on hefty crop estimates for Canada, Australia. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for March delivery settled down 5-3/ 4 cents at $4.01 per bushel. March corn ended down 2-1/ 2 cents at $3.58 a bushel while January soybeans finished up 1-1/ 4 cents at $10.49 a bushel.

  • *Wheat falls on hefty crop estimates for Canada, Australia. As of 12:35 p.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade wheat for March delivery was down 6 cents at $4.00-3/ 4 per bushel. March corn was down 3-1/ 4 cents at $3.57-1/ 4 a bushel and January soybeans were down 3/ 4 cent at $10.47 a bushel.

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery was 1 cent lower $3.8840 a bushel; December corn was down 3 cents at $3.48 bushel; March oats was 2.40 cents higher at $2.21 a bushel while January soybeans lost 3.40 cents to $10.4420 a bushel. December live cattle was. 13 cent lower at $1.0973 a...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Dec 7- Chicago corn futures edged lower on Wednesday with prices falling after three days of gains on expectations of bumper production in Brazil early next year while wheat continued to come under pressure from ample global supplies. "Dryness in Argentina is a concern, but excellent conditions in Brazil may dampen the impetus to push prices...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 7- Chicago corn futures edged lower on Wednesday with prices falling after three days of gains on expectations of bumper production in Brazil early next year. "Dryness in Argentina is a concern, but excellent conditions in Brazil may dampen the impetus to push prices higher," said Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at Commonwealth Bank...

  • Ending world hunger by 2030

    David Dawe at the Food Agriculture Organization of the UN says that achieving zero hunger by 2030 is possible, but more investment in agriculture is needed.

  • *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.1 percent to $10.48-1/ 2 a bushel, having firmed 0.41 percent on Tuesday. *The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday morning that private exporters reported the sale of 198,000 tonnes of soybeans to China for delivery during the 2016-17 marketing year and 378,000 tonnes of soybeans to...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 6- U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday with another round of export deals with China and concerns about dry weather in Argentina pushing prices higher, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade January soybean futures settled up 4-1/ 4 cents at $10.47-3/ 4 a bushel. The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday morning said that private exporters reported the...