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  • Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer are set to analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4- D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in...

  • *EPA cuts ethanol quotas, raises biodiesel targets. *Soyoil surge lifts soybeans, corn slumps on EPA news. The EPA on Friday unveiled much-anticipated targets for the blending of renewable fuels into motor fuel for the three years to 2016, trimming ethanol quotas for this year and next but raising targets for biomass-based diesel.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Mexican fieldworkers lured through a guest worker program to do sweaty, back-aching work in Kentucky tobacco fields were paid far less than their guaranteed wages and lived in rat-infested housing, according to federal lawsuits against a half-dozen farmers. Three separate lawsuits filed this week in Kentucky allege numerous abuses of the...

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.8875 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.5375 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.40 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.50 cents to 9.3050 a bushel. August live cattle was unchanged at $1.5275 a pound; August feeder...

  • Why these farmers are dumping unprofitable apples Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    A record crop of apples in Washington State has forced growers to dump their surplus.

    A record crop of apples is taking a toll on apple growers in the northwestern state of Washington.

  • *Q2 net income $3.13/ share vs estimates of $3.32. May 28- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest U.S. poultry producer, said lower prices for boneless breasts and bulk leg quarters contributed to softer-than-expected net sales and profit last quarter and warned that a production ramp-up could leave processors with more birds than they can handle this fall.

  • *Crops grow from Gulf to Russia in advanced greenhouses. AMSTERDAM, May 28- From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has long learnt to...

  • May 28- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest U.S. poultry producer, reported an 8.5 percent rise in quarterly net sales, helped by higher demand for chicken from its food service customers such as restaurants. The company's net income rose to $71.2 million, or $3.13 per share, in the second quarter ended April 30 from $51 million, or $2.21 per share, a year earlier.

  • WASHINGTON— If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. The rule applies to virtually all insecticides, more than 1,000 products involving 76 different chemical compounds, said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 27- Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was...

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock higher Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.9350 a bushel; July corn was 1.5 cents lower at $3.5350 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.3850 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 7.75 cents to 9.3025 a bushel. August live cattle was. 38 cent higher at $1.5100 a pound; August...

  • Guess which hot sector private equity is chasing Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    The Good Eggs distribution center in San Francisco

    The rising value of farmland and demand for organic food is wooing investors to this sector. Farmers are now becoming more business savvy.

  • New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    The White House said the rules would provide much-needed clarity for landowners, but some Republicans and farm groups said they go much too far. The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are designed to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings had left the...

  • US bird flu epidemic is waning: USDA official Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 2:12 PM ET
    No trespassing signs are posted on the edge of a field at a farm operated by Daybreak Foods which has been designated 'bio security area' on May 17, 2015 near Eagle Grove, Iowa.

    The U.S. poultry industry is confronting a record bird flu outbreak, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds.

  • EU wheat hit by Chicago slump, euro underpins Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    A corresponding drop in the euro, however, helped keep losses in Europe more restrained than in Chicago. December milling wheat, the new-crop benchmark and most active contract on Euronext, settled 1.50 euros or 0.8 percent lower at 182.50 euros a tonne. "If tonight's U.S. crop progress report does not raise any fresh concerns, the pullback has every chance of...

  • *Wheat to 1-1/ 2 week low on strong dollar, technical selling. *Corn down on lower wheat, good Midwest crop weather. Wheat traders are awaiting reports on the extend of crop damage following torrential rains in Texas and Oklahoma over the long holiday weekend.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was down 8.5 cents to $5.0675 a bushel; July corn was 2.5 cents lower at $3.5750 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4250 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.75 cents to 9.29 a bushel. August live cattle was. 53 cent higher at $1.5265 a pound; August...

  • GRAINS-U.S. wheat eases as dollar curbs weather rally Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 8:27 AM ET

    *Wheat market eyes USDA crop report for signs of rain damage. SINGAPORE/ PARIS, May 26- Chicago wheat futures edged lower on Tuesday as traders awaited a government crop update to assess any damage from heavy rain, while a rising dollar put pressure on U.S. commodities. Soybeans ticked up, steadying from their lowest in nearly eight months during the previous...

  • *OIE warns U.S. bird flu viruses could spread to Mexico. PARIS, May 26- An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health said. However, there is a high risk that strains of the virus will...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat— and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood. In an era when many...