WASHINGTON, June 17- The White House threatened to veto a five-year farm bill on Thursday because of "unacceptable deep cuts" in food stamps for the poor that could increase hunger across America.» Read More
BUENOS AIRES, June 17- The flow of grain trucks entering Argentina's main shipping hub of Rosario fell sharply on Monday as farmers protested government policies by refusing to sell recently harvested corn and soybeans. Argentina is the world's No. 3 exporter of both crops at a time of high demand.
Truck flow into Argentina's main grain port of Rosario was slower than usual, due to lack of selling by farmers. The strike will continue until Wednesday night at midnight, Julio Curras, vice president of the Argentine Agrarian Federation, said on Saturday, when the protest officially started.
MORROA, Colombia-- Caught in the crossfire between far-right militias and leftist rebels, 40 families abandoned the farm they shared in the foothills of Colombia's Montes de Maria range.
*Japan says no change in stance on U.S. wheat. SEOUL/ TOKYO, June 17- Asian wheat buyers remain concerned U.S. imports could be tainted with genetically modified wheat even as U.S. government findings showed the discovery of an unapproved GMO strain in Oregon appeared to be an isolated incident.
Last year $2 billion worth of products were sold with a label saying they do not contain ingredients from genetically modified organisms, but the claim wasn't backed by regulators.
Investigators are interviewing "approximately 200 area growers," said USDA. USDA said it gave skittish trading partners a test method on Thursday to identify the wheat, developed years ago by Monsanto Co, which is not approved for cultivation anywhere in the world.
Cutting is now in full swing from north Texas to the Kansas border, "said Mark Hodges, director of the farmers group Plains Grains Inc. The increasing supply weighed on futures, with Chicago Board of Trade July wheat easing 4-3/ 4 cents to $6.80- 3/ 4 per bushel, the lowest settlement since April 2.
WASHINGTON, June 14- As the U.S. House of Representatives gets ready to debate a $500 billion, five-year farm bill, environmentalists and fiscal hawks warn the legislation could leave taxpayers on the hook for expensive new subsidies to growers if crop prices fall.
Farmers were gathering hard red winter wheat in Texas and Oklahoma, with harvest likely to begin soon in the top growing state of Kansas. "
June 14- North American domestic sales of crop nutrient potash soared in May, when demand from spring planting whittled down large inventories at the mine level, according to data posted on Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's website. Domestic sales, mainly to the United States, jumped 61 percent from April to 1.062 million tonnes.
A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers' pocketbooks, according to a wholesaler accusing America's spud farmers of driving up prices.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas farmers were expected to plant 1 million acres of corn this year but frequent heavy rains have knocked that estimate down by about 15 percent, state agriculture experts said Thursday. Even though it is the middle of June, a small percentage of growers are still planting soybeans, rice and cotton.
*Soybeans edge up but still on track for weekly loss. LONDON, June 14- Chicago corn futures fell for a third straight session on Friday as forecasts of near-perfect growing weather across the United States boosted supply prospects. Chicago Board of Trade new-crop December corn was off 0.2 percent at $5.34 a bushel by 1130 GMT.
WICHITA, Kan.-- The winter wheat harvest is off to a slow, tentative start in south-central Kansas. The Kansas harvest has started. " But a cool, wet spring has helped the wheat recover elsewhere in Kansas.
*South America may sell more due to India hold ups. SINGAPORE/ MUMBAI, June 14- Rains across India's eastern crop belt are holding up shipments of corn, tightening feed grain supplies in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
WASHINGTON, June 13- The U.S. Agriculture Department, reeling from the discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat growing in Oregon, said on Thursday it is working to make "appropriate and validated" tests available to detect the wheat.
June 13- The U.S. Agriculture Department, reeling from the discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat growing in Oregon, said on Thursday it is working to make "appropriate and validated" tests available to detect the wheat.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Ceres Inc. rose Thursday after a Raymond James analyst said he expects the stock to trade higher after the agricultural biotechnology company reports important crop data in the next few weeks. THE BIG PICTURE: Ceres, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., develops and sells crops used to make renewable bioenergy.
*Port workers threatening strike from June 25. SAO PAULO, June 13- The lineup of ships waiting to load sugar at Brazilian ports has edged up to 55 vessels from 54 a week ago, as crushing of the record 2013/ 14 cane crop enters its peak, shipping agents Williams Servicos Maritimos Ltda said.
Early in Egypt's wheat harvest President Mohammed Morsi said the crop would be 30 percent higher than last year, and the country is on track to be self-sufficient in the grain. SHORTFALL: Now experts and famers doubt the harvest will meet the predictions. Recently Egypt has faced fuel shortages, water and electricity cuts and rising food prices.