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  • SAO PAULO, April 23- Truckers in Brazil resumed roadblocks across the country's main farm belt early on Thursday, after failing to reach common ground in talks with the government and freight companies in recent weeks regarding pay and fuel prices. Highway police estimated 14 protests blocking roads Thursday morning, that mainly affected the movement of...

  • A few countries— including China, Russia, South Korea and Thailand— have shut off all imports of poultry products from the United States. Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, and Minnesota, the top turkey grower in the U.S. Some countries— including...

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were Higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 3.50 cents higher at $5.0250 a bushel; July corn was 3 cents higher at $3.8250 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6225 a bushel; while July soybeans was 7.25 cents higher at 9.79 a bushel. June live cattle was 1.43 cents higher at $1.4745 a pound;...

  • Trustees stress damage of prolonged pollution on NY river Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Government trustees assessing damage to the Hudson River from prolonged PCB contamination on Thursday stressed the widespread harm to its fish as a final season of dredging looms. "he public's use of the Hudson River fishery, whether for a livelihood, a source of recreational enjoyment, or for nutrition, has been and continues to be severely...

  • BEIJING, April 23- Farmers in China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, could slash the amount of land they use to grow the oilseed by as much as 15 percent in 2015/ 16 due to uncertainty over how a new subsidy scheme will work, industry analysts said. "Farmers will reduce soy acreage as they so far have no idea how they will be subsidised," said Liang Yong, a Galaxy Futures...

  • DETROIT— Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming— and don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the plans at Michigan State University, where Obama signed...

  • Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide sold by Monsanto Co and is found in hundreds of products sold worldwide by many companies. But some scientific studies have linked it to health problems, and last month a research unit of the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto spokeswoman...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    Chris Smith said China was prematurely upgraded to Tier 2 in 2014, and singled out Myanmar, also known as Burma, Malaysia and Thailand as countries that need to do more to fight human trafficking across shared borders. Matthew Smith, who directs Thailand- based Fortify Rights, a nongovernment group, testified that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are...

  • Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. Scientists in Sweden were able to conduct a study that was in the wild, but still had the in-the-lab qualities of having control groups that...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts Wednesday that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the goal is to help boost overall market prices. Two California farmers claim the program is prohibited by the Constitution, which forbids the taking of private property without "just compensation."

  • Another effect of California's drought: Mosquitoes Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    California prepares itself for mosquito season as the drought persists.

    California may be dry, but water-breeding mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, still may have another big year in 2015.

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.0025 a bushel; July corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.7825 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6350 a bushel; while July soybeans was 8.25 cents lower at 9.6850 a bushel. June live cattle was. 82 cent lower at $1.4590 a pound; August...

  • US poultry exports plunge with avian flu scare Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    U.S. exports of poultry dropped sharply in February amid scares of the avian flu outbreak. The USDA reduced its forecast for exports in 2015.

  • CHICAGO, April 22- Farmers in the central U.S. grain and livestock states continued to take out new operating loans in the first quarter of 2015 as low grain prices failed to cover high costs for seed, rents and crop chemicals ahead of spring field work, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday. Corn prices set record highs in 2012 amid the biofuels...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union started legislative work on Wednesday that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28- nation bloc. Wednesday's proposal by the EU Commission will go to the European Parliament and the member states for further discussion.

  • Bird flu outbreak spreading   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Bird flu outbreak spreading

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell on the latest news in the bird flu outbreak.

  • *U.S. wants Europe to open up to GMs as part of free trade deal. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even after they have been approved for use in food and feed by the bloc as a whole. The proposal risks upsetting trading partners,...

  • BANGKOK— Thai officials said they were rushing to crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing in a bid to avoid the European Union's threat to ban seafood import from the country. The EU on Tuesday gave Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, six months to drastically combat illegal and unregulated fishing or face a seafood import ban.