*World turns toward South America for soy, corn. BUENOS AIRES, May 22- Scores of grains ships were delayed in and around Argentina on Wednesday due to a three-day-old strike by port workers that threatens to bog down exports at a time of heightened world demand for South American soy and corn, sources said.» Read More
*World turns toward South America for soy, corn. BUENOS AIRES, May 22- Scores of grains ships were delayed in and around Argentina on Wednesday due to a three-day-old strike by port workers that threatens to bog down exports at a time of heightened world demand for South American soy and corn, sources said.
Thousands of insurance agents travel to the area to assist affected residents, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.
Charles Schumer says the Muller Quaker Dairy plant will have a grand opening on June 3. The $206 million dollar plant is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Germany's Theo Muller company. The plant is just next door to a $20 million yogurt plant opened last October by Alpina Foods, based in Bogota, Colombia.
NEW YORK-- Chinese greenhouse vegetable producer Le Gaga Holdings Ltd. has received an offer to take the company private from a group that includes its chairman and CEO. Le Gaga said that its board has created a special committee made up of three independent directors to evaluate the offer.
CHICAGO, May 22- U.S. farmers should begin winding down corn plantings over the next week to 10 days despite occasional showers and storms that will cause temporary delays, an agricultural meteorologist said on Wednesday.
*Corn, wheat prices set April lows as plantings surge. NEW YORK, May 21- Corn prices hit multi-week lows on Tuesday, which pulled wheat lower, after record U.S. corn plantings, while oil and metals markets slipped amid worries the Federal Reserve might cut back its stimulus for the American economy.
*Hot weather last week stressed Kansas wheat. CHICAGO, May 21- Tornadoes, high winds, rain and hail that cut a swath across the midsection of the United States on Sunday and Monday did only minimal harm to the winter wheat crop in top producers Kansas and Oklahoma, agricultural experts said. I'm in Phillips County now, in northwest Kansas, and the crop looks terrible.
LONDON, May 21- U.S. farmers are withdrawing unsustainable volumes of groundwater to irrigate their crops, resulting in an accelerating decline in aquifers across the central and western United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.
*Corn plantings still lag five-year average pace. CHICAGO, May 21- Occasional rainfall over the next week to 10 days will slow seedings of the U.S. corn crop, which was planted at a record fast pace last week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ CHICAGO, May 21- The United States is poised to introduce stricter rules on the labeling of meat imports this week, a move that is likely to heat up a simmering trade dispute with Canada and Mexico.
*Ghana wants to increase investment in cocoa sector. *Ghana has strong democratic institutions, oil wealth funds. Ghana is used to resource riches: it is already the world's number two cocoa producer and Africa's second-largest gold miner.
WASHINGTON, May 20- The U.S. Senate should cut crop insurance subsidies, the most expensive part of the farm safety net, by $1 billion a year before it passes the new farm bill, the White House said on Monday. The House would make the biggest food stamp cuts in a generation, $20 billion, compared to $4 billion in the Senate.
*Corn sags on expectations of record planting report. *Wheat prices hit lowest since April 2 before short covering. Corn futures eased due to a pick-up in planting around the U.S.
*Corn sags on expectations of record planting report. *Wheat prices the lowest since April 3. CHICAGO, May 20- U.S. grain and soybean futures traded mostly lower on Monday, pressured by a pickup in planting around the U.S.
Worried about a possible economic bust in agriculture like that of the 1980s, farmers talk about their growing fears.
LONDON, May 20- U.S. corn futures were lower for new crop contracts on Monday, weighed by a pick-up in planting progress in the United States, while tight supplies boosted old crop prices.
SHERIDAN, Ill., May 20- With the U.S. spring planting season off to a historically slow start, an increasing number of farmers are counting on powerful tools to catch up: Monster machines that sow 36 rows of corn at once and feature high-tech innovations like computer-guided directional equipment.
The renewable fuel sector struggles to find its voice in a world of renewed popularity for oil and gas. One part of that aims to transform agriculture waste into fuel.
*Coffee downside limited during Brazil frost season. LONDON, May 17- ICE raw sugar edged higher on Friday with the market finally finding support after losing ground for five consecutive sessions although the rapid pace of the cane harvest in top exporter Brazil kept the market on the defensive.
CHICAGO, May 17- Less-than-ideal yet drier weather this week allowed U.S. farmers to begin catching up their corn planting pace that had fallen to a record low when the week began, an agricultural meteorologist said on Friday.