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  • CHICAGO, July 27- Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures plunged to their lowest in more than a month on Monday as improving weather for crop development across the U.S. "The perception is the crops are stabilizing, if not improving in some areas," said Tom Fritz, analyst at EFG Group. Corn posted the biggest decline, with the front-month contract shedding 4.5...

  • Figures from ETF Securities, one of the largest issuers of exchange traded products, show a small net inflow so far this year after an outflow of nearly 20 percent in 2014.. Across the sector, indices and ETFs saw a net inflow of $400 million in April and a further $400 million in May, according to data from Barclays. "If you do look longer-term into demand trends, you're...

  • *Soybeans hit one-month low, drop 9 out of 10 sessions. LONDON, July 27- Corn futures slid to one-month lows on Monday on an improving crop outlook in the United States, while soybean and wheat prices also fell. Chicago Board of Trade December corn futures, the most actively traded contract, fell 2.4 percent to $3.93-1/ 4 a bushel by 0958 GMT, after earlier slumping to a...

  • *Wheat falls to near five-week low. Wheat fell more than 1 percent to hit a near five-week low, while soybeans dropped nearly 1.5 percent to hit more than a four-week trough. Chicago Board of Trade December corn futures, the most actively traded contract, fell 2.61 percent to $3.92-1/ 4 a bushel by 0035 GMT, near the session low of $3.91-1/ 2 a bushel-- the lowest since June...

  • *Corn down 6.6 pct for week, most since July 2014. That is a significant headwind for the grains, "said Rich Feltes, director of research for R.J. O'Brien in Chicago. At the Chicago Board of Trade, September corn settled down 10-3/ 4 cents at $3.92-1/ 2 per bushel, dropping below its 200- day moving average.

  • Drought could make your next beer more expensive Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Hops yard sits idle in Moxee, Washington, in the face of a water shortage.

    A worsening drought and unseasonably hot weather is causing pain for Washington's agricultural sector and could result in hops shortages.

  • Grain lower and livestock lower Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 10:37 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was 9.50 cents lower at $5.12 a bushel; December corn was 8 cents lower at $4.0560 a bushel; December oats were 6.50 cents lower at $2.4240 bushel; while November soybeans were 8.50 cents lower at 9.72 cents a bushel. October live cattle was. 45 cent...

  • LONDON, July 24- Arabica coffee futures on ICE dropped for the eighth straight session on Friday, hitting a 1-1/ 2 year low on pressure from a stronger dollar, while cocoa held steady after Asia grind data met expectations. Sugar futures edged up after Brazilian cane industry data on Thursday showed a drop in the cane crush in the first half of July.

  • *Soybeans under pressure from fund selling, weak demand. Soybeans slid for a second session, while wheat struggled near one-month lows on lack of demand for expensive U.S. grains. "Everybody was trying to speculate that there might be issues around the corn crop but things are improving," said Ole Houe, analyst at Sydney- based brokerage IKON Commodities.

  • SYDNEY, July 24- U.S. corn fell more than 0.5 percent on Friday to hover close to a three-week low, with prices on track for their biggest weekly loss in more than a year, as crop friendly weather and sluggish demand dragged on the market. Prices were at $4.10-1/ 2 a bushel at 0138 GMT, near a three-week low of $4.08-1/ 2 hit on Thursday. *The U.S. Department of Agriculture said...

  • House passes anti-GMO labeling law Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET
    The U.S. Capitol building

    The House of Representatives passed an anti-GMO labeling law, a win for food and agricultural companies.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- U.S. soybean futures fell on Thursday as improving weather in major Midwest growing areas increased expectations of ample production, traders said. Wheat futures firmed on a round of bargain buying and technical support, snapping a seven session losing streak for the front-month contract. Chicago Board of Trade August soybean futures ended...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling law Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    July 23- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. It is an attack on transparency,' said Representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat, in floor debate.

  • House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states...

  • July 23- The U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote Thursday on a hotly debated measure that would block mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. It sailed through the House Agriculture Committee last week. It is an attack on transparency,' said...

  • GRAINS-U.S. corn, soybeans fall; wheat steady Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 12:10 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 23- U.S. soybean futures fell on Thursday as improving weather in major Midwest growing areas increased expectations of ample production, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade August soybean futures were down 12-3/ 4 cents at $10.08 a bushel at 10:48 a.m. CDT. New-crop November was 14 cents lower at $9.81-1/ 2.

  • Bird flu may soon fly the coop Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Bird flu may soon fly the coop

    USDA scientists develop bird flu vaccine that works on chickens and is being tested on turkeys.

  • SANTIAGO, July 23- Chile's salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon. Still, amid growing concerns in the U.S. food industry that heavy use of antibiotics in animals can spawn...

  • *Corn has fallen for 4 out of 5 days due to ideal US weather. *Soybeans up for third day on firmer U.S. cash market. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 23- A drop in the dollar boosted Chicago grains on Thursday with corn rebounding from earlier falls linked to benign weather across the U.S.

  • PARIS— Angry French farmers blocked the Mont Saint-Michel causeway and highways leading to the Alps on Thursday to denounce low milk and meat prices. The farmers blocked three major highways around the city of Lyon, a gateway to the Alps and to the south of France. Some roads in western France, a region with many milk and pork farms, were also jammed.