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  • April 17- Chemicals maker DuPont expects its agriculture business to grow this quarter as farmers buy seeds and insecticides after a delayed start to planting season in North America, which hurt the company's revenue in the first quarter.

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 3.25 cents to $6.9125 a bushel; May corn was 2.75 cents lower at 4.9475 a bushel; May oats were 1 cent lower at $4.04 a bushel; while May soybeans declined 4.75 cents to $15.14 a bushel.

  • April 17- DuPont, which is making a big push into the agriculture market, reported a steeper-than-expected 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as severe winter in North America delayed the planting of crops.

  • China govt survey shows 16 pct of its soil is polluted Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

  • April 17- DuPont reported a steeper-than-expected 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as its agriculture business sold fewer seeds, herbicides and insecticides.

  • April 16- Chemtura Corp plans to sell its agrochemicals business to Platform Specialty Products Corp for about $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chemtura's agrochemicals unit sells chemicals-based products such as insecticides and growth regulators.

  • April 16- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported better-than-expected quarterly results as a bumper corn crop in 2013 led to higher grain shipments. Midwest to Mexico, Chief Executive David Starling said on a conference call with analysts.

  • Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause.

  • *Wheat posts biggest decline in two weeks. *Corn falls on forecasts for improved U.S. planting weather. Wheat led the way, giving up nearly 2 percent on expectations for a turn to better crop weather in the U.S.

  • Soybean prices rise on signs of strong demand Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    Wheat for July delivery fell 15 cents to $6.95 a bushel. Corn edged down 6 cents to $4.98 a bushel. May silver rose 15 cents to $19.63 an ounce, May copper rose 4 cents to $3.03 a pound and June palladium rose $6.40 to $802.30 an ounce.

  • *Aid to help fishermen facing stricter quotas. BRUSSELS, April 16- The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to hand out 6.5 billion euros to help the fishing industry cope with radical EU reforms to cut the size of their catches.

  • Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    WEST, Texas— Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

  • GRAINS-U.S. soy up 1 percent on supply woes; corn weak Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    *Corn dips on forecasts for improved U.S. planting weather. "It has been an exciting week thus far for soybeans, and for the old-crop new-crop spreads in particular," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone said in a note to clients.

  • Grain mostly mixed, livestock higher Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 7.0175 a bushel; May corn was 3.50 cents lower at 5.0025 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 3.99 a bushel; while May soybeans was 7.25 cents higher at 15.0850 a bushel.

  • HAVANA, April 16- Cuba's troubled sugar industry has entered the final stretch of this year's harvest, straining to equal last season's output of 1.6 million tonnes of raw sugar as the summer heat and rains begin. Only a handful of Cuba's 13 sugar producing provinces appear in position to meet their plans with all 48 mills that opened still grinding.

  • *Wheat firm on U.S. frost, Ukraine crisis. HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, April 16- Soybean futures rose on Wednesday to touch their highest level since July 2013 after large U.S. soybean crushing figures raised expectations for tighter supplies. Plains, coupled with worry the political crisis in Ukraine will disrupt Black Sea grain exports.

  • California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

  • Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops.

  • Wheat rises on weather, Ukraine; Gold jumps Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    Wheat futures rose sharply for a second straight day Tuesday amid cold temperatures in the U.S. and growing concerns that Ukraine's grain exports could be disrupted. Wheat rose 23 cents, or 3 percent, to settle at $7.02 a bushel.

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. Farmers in other key corn-producing states— Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana— were equally idle, the USDA says.

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