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  • Farm sector profits slump to 4-year low: USDA Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    Forecasters projected net farm income would slide down to $96.9 billion, according to the Department of Agriculture.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.4950 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $3.8225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.0550 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 14.25 cents to $10.48 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 03 cent higher at $1.7005 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • Snow, cold hamper Minnesota harvest wrap-up Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Freezing temperatures and snow have hampered Minnesota farmers as they try to finish the fall harvest. Farmers tried to finish the harvest and fall tillage, but progress was limited across much of Minnesota. Ninety-six percent of Minnesota's corn acreage is harvested, up only 1 percentage point from the week before.

  • South Dakota corn, sunflower harvests wrapping up Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— South Dakota farmers are wrapping up the corn and sunflower harvests. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 86 percent done, slightly behind the average pace. The corn harvest is 96 percent complete, ahead of the average.

  • Nebraska farmers nearly done harvesting crops Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska farmers are nearly done harvesting this year's crops after last week's cold, dry weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 96 percent of the corn grown in Nebraska has been harvested. The USDA also estimated that about 69 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good or excellent shape.

  • Harvest of sorghum, soybeans wraps up in Kansas Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The latest government farm snapshot shows the fall harvest is wrapping up in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 90 percent of the sorghum and 96 percent of the soybeans have now been cut in the state. The sunflower harvest is 86 percent finished.

  • Cream of the crop: Investing in agriculture     Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    Anna Haurie, executive group managing director at Dexion Capital, and Charles Whitaker, partner at Brown & Co., discuss how to invest in agriculture.

  • Two of the world's biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Beijing is taking longer than in the past to approve new GMO crops, and Chinese ports in November 2013 began rejecting U.S....

  • *Soybeans lower on bright South American crop prospects. *Wheat follows corn, soy lower. Soybeans and wheat also declined.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.3350 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.8250 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2675 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 7 cents to $10.32 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent higher at $1.7225 pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 45...

  • Syngenta, Swiss agribusiness, targets 1,800 jobs Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    GENEVA— Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings. The Basel, Switzerland- based manufacturer, which is one of the world's largest suppliers of seeds and crop chemicals and has more than 28,000 employees in some 90 countries, says most of the...

  • AMSTERDAM, Nov 22- Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter. The Netherlands is the world's second-largest agricultural exporter after the United States, selling more than 79 billion euros worth of...

  • Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." Peru is about to overtake Bolivia as the top exporter, worrying Bolivians about their ability to compete. As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed...

  • Obama's immigration plan risks backlash Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:47 PM ET
    Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.

    The president's immigration actions may actually worsen labor shortages that many industry groups hope reform will fix.

  • *Agriculure helped make the Netherlands rich. AMSTERDAM, Nov 21- Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to disesase. "When there is a disease in the Netherlands, which is the country in the world...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 1.50 cents lower at $5.51 a bushel; Mar corn was 6 cents higher at $3.9225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2575 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 13.50 cents to $10.34 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 32 cent lower at $1.7150 pound; Jan feeder...

  • New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch authorities Friday said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in the town of Kamperveen, in the third outbreak in the Netherlands this week. A new infection was detected Friday morning at a chicken farm in Kamperveen, roughly a hundred kilometers away from the previous infections, the...

  • China to overhaul grains import quota system Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles.

  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii, has established an annual quota of 3,763 metric tons of bigeye for U.S.-flagged longline vessels in the central and western Pacific. Pacific territories: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • BEIJING, Nov 21- China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles, according to government and industry sources. The low-tariff quotas, which are sanctioned under China's membership of the World Trade Organisation, are allocated to...