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  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $4.9725 a bushel; May corn was 2.25 cents higher at $3.86 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.6725 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 6.25 cents to $10.17 a bushel. April live cattle was 1.50 cents higher at $1.4835 a pound; March feeder...

  • WASHINGTON— In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. He has mentioned the idea...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- EU rules that prevent genetically modified crops from being grown in the UK, even after they pass rigorous safety tests, are not fit for purpose and should be totally reformed, British lawmakers said on Thursday. "A regulatory system which can take decades to reach a decision cannot possibly be considered fit for purpose," Andrew Miller, the...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 25- Truckers staged nearly 100 road blocks across Brazil's farm belt on Wednesday as protests stretched into their eighth day, though access to the country's biggest port was cleared after police clashed with protesters who had briefly halted traffic there. The steadily widening blockades have sparked growing fuel and supply shortages and...

  • Off the hook: US Supreme Court dismisses fish suit Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:59 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court

    Justices said the law intended to prevent fraud committed by companies like Enron, WorldCom does not apply to Florida fisherman.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $5.0375 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.84 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7275 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 1 cent to $10.1775 a bushel. April live cattle was 1.08 cent higher at $1.4665 a pound; March feeder cattle was...

  • WASHINGTON— A Florida fisherman convicted of tossing undersized grouper off his boat is off the hook after a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that he should not have been ensnared by a law targeting accounting fraud. In a 5-4 decision the justices threw out the conviction of commercial fishing boat captain John Yates, who was prosecuted under a law passed...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 25- Australia and the United States, two of the world's biggest wheat exporters, are racing to become mass producers of the South American "super food" quinoa and tap a gluten-free market expected to be worth more than $6 billion by 2018.. "We have been growing quinoa for about five years now, and as the market has grown, there is little shortage of other...

  • Drop in soup sales dents Campbell's profit Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    CAMDEN, N.J.— Campbell Soup said Wednesday its quarterly profit tumbled 36 percent as sales of its canned soups and vegetable juice fell. The company, whose brands include V8 juice, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, has been struggling as Americans migrate toward foods they feel are fresher or more wholesome. More broadly, Campbell CEO Denise...

  • Overfishing driving slavery on Thailand's seafood boats Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand— Urine pools under a bed where an emaciated Burmese man lies wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. He is just one of countless hidden casualties from the fishing industry in Thailand, the world's third-largest seafood exporter. The group estimates that up to half of all fish labeled a "product of Thailand" is sourced from outside its borders—...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 25- Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. "We are doing everything legally, but these people harass us and disrupt our work for no reason," said Mohammad...

  • FOB Gulf Grain-Soybean offers ease on slowing demand Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    Feb 24- Soybean export premiums at the U.S. Gulf Coast eased on Tuesday on slowing demand for U.S. supplies as newly harvested South American beans began to flood the global market, traders said. *FOB hard red winter wheat basis offers were firm after a large sale to Egypt's government buyer, while Gulf corn and soft red winter wheat export premiums were mostly...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 25- Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. "We are doing everything legally, but these people harass us and disrupt our work for no reason," said Mohammad...

  • What's Team Obama's beef with beef? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:14 PM ET
    Beef cattle from Peine Farms in Cannon Falls, MN.

    The Obama administration is telling people to cut back on beef because the cattle industry hurts the environment. Why?

  • SINOP, Brazil, Feb 24- Truck drivers protesting high fuel prices for a seventh day on Tuesday interrupted supplies of diesel and raw materials across Brazil's farm belt and threatened to hold up grains exports at ports in the midst of a record harvest. The strike has led to a shortage of diesel fuel in parts of Brazil's bountiful center-west grains belt.

  • Grain higher livestock mostly lower Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $5.04 a bushel; May corn was 7.75 cents higher at $3.9450 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.72 a bushel; while May soybeans surged 21.5 cents to $10.23 a bushel. April live cattle was. 60 cent lower at $1.4650 a pound; March feeder cattle...

  • FOB Gulf wheat basis offers were steady late on Monday after Egypt's GASC tendered for American wheat, with traders saying HRW wheat might have a chance for some business. *Egypt, which typically buys SRW, said Monday it was seeking U.S. soft red winter, soft white and/or hard red winter for April 15-25 arrival. *FOB Gulf HRW offers for April were at 135 cents over KCBT...

  • SINOP, Brazil, Feb 23- Truckers protesting high fuel prices blocked main roads across Brazil on Monday for a sixth day, leading to fuel shortages in some towns, stalled factories and threatening diesel supply for machines harvesting an expected record soybean crop. The hardest hit state was Mato Grosso, Brazil's largest grain and livestock producer, where a...

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware, Feb 23- Dole Food Co owner David Murdock began a trial on Monday defending his 2013 buyout of the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer with often unfocused testimony about his unusual memory, passion for nutrition and dislike of people talking about his age. Shareholder attorney Stuart Grant pressed Murdock for more than five...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 23- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished higher on Monday on strong cash prices and the resumption of cargo loading following Friday's West Coast port labor agreement, traders said. Monday morning's average market-ready or cash hog price in Iowa/ Minnesota surged $3.29 per hundredweight from Friday to $63.01, the U.S. Department of...