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  • Grain lower, beef and pork lower Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9925 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.3925 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4650 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 8.75 cents to $9.7375 a bushel.

  • Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 17- The Canadian government will fine Canadian National Railway Co for failing to meet minimum weekly grain volumes under an official order demanding railways ramp up grain shipments or face penalties, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.

  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 17- Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and wheat firmed slightly on Wednesday as bargain hunters stepped into the market to provide a boost to commodities that were trending near four-year lows, traders said. "The new crop is going to overwhelm the balance tables," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9625 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.4125 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5075 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.85 a bushel.

  • Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.

  • Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.

  • *FOB soybean offers for October/November shipments fell 7 cents to 173/ 163 cents over CBOT November futures, tracking weaker nearby CIF values- which fell about 25- 30 cents a bushel this week- ahead of the expected record harvest.

  • Why it's so hard to call the end of a drought Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.

  • Judge rules GMO measure can appear on Maui ballots Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    WAILUKU, Hawaii— A judge's ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops. Some ballots, including ones for military members, have to be mailed this week, the Maui News reported. The group, known as the SHAKA Movement, gathered 19,000 signatures to put the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 1.25 cents higher at $5.01 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.25 cents lower at $3.3975 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5450 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 11 cents to $9.7850 a bushel.

  • Smart tech on the farm     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    CNBC's Sara Eisen speaks to Samuel Allen, Deere & Company chairman & CEO, about the company's R&D spending and new product lines, including the use of new technology to improve yield.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Russia's ban on most Western food, the assimilation of the disputed Crimea region and people fleeing conflict in Ukraine are set to boost Russian grain demand this year, SovEcon, one of the country's leading agriculture consultancies, said.

  • USDA: Nebraska winter wheat planting near average Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says below-normal temperatures, rain in the east and light snow in western portions of Nebraska slowed field work last week. The USDA said in a report released Monday that 26 percent of Nebraska's expected winter wheat crop had been planted, compared with the five-year average of 27 percent for the date.

  • Kansas farmers planting wheat, harvesting corn Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    Corn harvest has progressed to the 18 percent mark but remains behind the average of 23 percent. Corn condition is rated as 16 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair, 42 percent good and 13 percent excellent. About 2 percent of the Kansas sorghum crop has now been cut, about average for this time of year.

  • *Slowdown in China imports would drag on global soybean prices. *China demand for soyoil, soymeal hurt by tepid economic growth. "The first half of the year was the worst on record for the industry," said a Singapore- based senior official at an international trading company, which owns soybean processing facilities in China.

  • Farmers and analysts say the elimination of government incentives to buy new equipment, a related overhang of used tractors, and a reduced commitment to biofuels, all darken the outlook for the sector beyond 2019- the year the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes will begin to rise again.

  • Hops growers in Yakima Valley face worker shortage Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:41 PM ET

    But with seasonal workers scarce across the Yakima Valley, Cervantes last week unloaded hop vines by hand into the picking machine, an exhausting, dusty, entry-level task.

  • Grain mostly higher, beef and pork lower Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 1.75 cents to $5.0075 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.50 cents higher at 3.43 a bushel; Dec oats rose 6.25 cents to $3.5450 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.8950 a bushel.