• PARIS, April 24- Pernod Ricard said it was buying Kenwood Vineyards to beef up its premium wines portfolio in the United States, the French drinks company's biggest market, and was looking for more small-scale acquisitions.

  • Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea.

  • Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading activity and expectations of more U.S. imports of South American beans amid weak near-term demand from China. Chicago Board of Trade May corn rose 6- cents, or 1.2 percent, to $5.02-1/ 4 a bushel by 11:07 a.m. CDT in a second straight day of gains after sinking to a three-week low on Monday.

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 3.50 cents lower at 6.76 a bushel; july corn was 2.50 cents higher at 5.0450 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at 3.6375 a bushel; while July soybeans was 4.25 cents higher at 14.75 a bushel.

  • *Soybeans down on U.S. imports, wheat dips. HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, April 23- U.S. corn edged lower on Wednesday on expectations U.S. plantings could speed up following a sharp rise in corn futures a day earlier as the sowing pace fell below market expectations.

  • US Sugar finishes season with 5.5M tons of harvest Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    CLEWISTON, Fla.— One of the nation's biggest sugar producers has wrapped up the season's harvest. Sugar says its 198- day season yielded 5.5 million tons of sugarcane. That's down from 5.8 million tons last year, in part because of wet weather that flooded some fields and affected crops.

  • El Niño on the way? Here's how to invest it Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:04 PM ET
    Petaluma, California residents paddle through their neighborhood street in February 1998, after El Nino storms cause flooding and mudslides in Northern California.

    The weather phenomenon is likely to return, possibly bringing enough water to end the severe drought in California.

  • Trouble in Ukraine lifts prices for corn, wheat Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Unrest in Ukraine pushed up prices for corn and wheat Tuesday. Wheat rose 4 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $6.80 a bushel. Ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia have rattled wheat prices this year.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 22- ICE arabica coffee soared 8 percent on Tuesday to a more than two-year high after a major trade house cut its forecast for the 2014/ 15 Brazil crop, the latest of a string of reduced outlooks in recent months due to drought damage in the top producer.

  • Grain mixed, cattle higher and pork lower Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were Mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.6825 a bushel; May corn was 3.75 cents higher at 4.9225 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 3.9525 a bushel; while May soybeans was 6.75 cents lower at 14.92 a bushel.

  • Spring corn planting still sputters in key states Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds.

  • HANOI, April 22- Prices for rice exports from Vietnam have risen 2-3 percent in the last few days as harvesting comes to an end and as two state-owned companies look set to win the Philippines' biggest order for the grain in three years.

  • CHICAGO, April 21- A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices may become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance.

  • Limited corn planting begins in SW Minnesota Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Snow and cold continue to put field work on ice at farms across Minnesota. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it received reports of limited corn planting from southwestern Minnesota last week, as well as some planting of oats, spring wheat and barley.

  • *Wheat suffers biggest one-day drop in more than a year. "Wheat is the star of the show," said Sterling Smith, futures specialist for Citi. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery closed down 23 cents, or 3.3 percent, at $6.68-1/ 4 after touching a one-week low of $6.62-3/ 4 earlier in the session.

  • North Dakota to begin drone tests for ag research Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    North Dakota could begin flying a drone next month to test how the unmanned aircraft can check soil quality and the status of crops to help farmers improve agricultural management.

  • Yes! We have no bananas? It could actually happen Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    A devastating disease is putting the world's banana crop at serious risk and threatening the income of millions of people.

  • GRAINS-Markets tumble on improved U.S. weather Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    *Wheat drops 3.6 percent to one-week low. Wheat futures dropped 3.6 percent to a one-week low on expectations for more rainfall in the drought-stricken Plains. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was down 25-1/ 2 cents, or 3.7 percent, at $6.65-3/ 4 a bushel at 10:15 a.m CDT.

  • Grain lower, cattle and pork lower Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.9125 a bushel; May corn was 6.25 cents lower at 4.8825 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.04 a bushel; while May soybeans was 26 cents lower at 14.88 a bushel.

  • LONDON, April 21- Chicago wheat fell around 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week after much needed rains fell in the parched U.S. Corn and soybean prices were also lower. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was off 2.0 percent at $6.77-1/ 4 a bushel at 1119 GMT after earlier dipping to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.

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