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  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 4.50 cents higher at $5.1750 a bushel; July corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3.6425 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.41 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 3.75 cents to 9.45 a bushel. August live cattle was. 53 cent higher at $1.5025 a pound;...

  • But move would be good for rice exporters Thailand, Vietnam. JAKARTA, May 21- Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million tonnes of the staple grain this year due to soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino. "Sometimes Indonesia's policy isn't...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Fertilizer producer ICL Israel Chemicals is interested in buying phosphate assets in Brazil and also sees a good fit with Chile's SQM, as it looks to expand into Latin America, its chief executive said on Wednesday. CEO Stefan Borgas did not say how much he was prepared to spend on acquisitions, but said he favors an integrated approach to growth,...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to continue using antibiotics on its birds partly because there are no alternatives on the horizon for treating a deadly but common gut disease, Chief Executive Officer Joe Sanderson said on Wednesday. Two of the biggest makers of animal drugs have told Sanderson Farms that...

  • NY cuts red tape in pesticide regulations for farmers Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— The Cuomo administration is cutting some red tape to make it easier for farmers to comply with pesticide regulations. The changes came out of a new Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture, which is made up of state agency officials and representatives from the agriculture industry. Jeff Williams of the New York Farm Bureau said the new task...

  • A field with 25K more jobs than grads each year Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
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    Nearly 60,000 agriculture-related job openings are expected annually over the next five years and only about 35,000 grads to fill them.

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 4.25 cents lower at $5.06 a bushel; July corn was 1 cent lower at $3.61 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.48 a bushel; while July soybeans lost 5.25 cents to 9.41 a bushel. August live cattle was. 90 cent lower at $1.4970 a pound; August feeder...

  • Bird flu sends egg prices soaring   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Bird flu sends egg prices soaring

    Bird flu continues to take a heavy toll on the egg supply, sending prices soaring.

  • House votes to repeal country-of-origin meat labeling law Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:56 AM ET

    The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a "country-of-origin" labeling law for beef, pork and poultry Wednesday— just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of the law. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States" or "born, raised and...

  • BRASILIA, May 19- China has ended an embargo on Brazilian beef imports, Brazil's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, lifting a three-year old ban and opening the door to half a billion dollars of new sales. Eight Brazilian beef processing plants and one poultry plant were approved to ship to China, the ministry said in a statement after Brazilian President...

  • Detailed information on the use of medically important antimicrobials- a group of drugs that includes antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals- will help it discern patterns of resistance and identify disease trends, the FDA said in a statement on Tuesday. In an April report on antibiotics that are medically important to humans, the FDA said sales of...

  • BRASILIA, May 19- Brazil's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday that China had definitively ended an embargo on Brazilian beef imports that had been in place since 2012.. Nine more are expected to gain approval in June, when Brazil's Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu visits China. Though other countries like Japan and South Korea have blocked Brazil's fresh...

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 8.75 cents lower at $5.13 a bushel; July corn was 6.50 cents lower at $3.6150 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.5350 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 7.50 cents to 9.47 a bushel. June live cattle was. 23 cent lower at $1.5180 a pound; August...

  • Bird flu costs rising   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Bird flu costs rising

    Bird flu costs run into the billions, with Iowa and Minnesota especially hard-hit.

  • SYDNEY, May 19- Australian agribusiness GrainCorp Ltd plans to nearly double output capacity at one its U.S. malt plants to capitalize on soaring North American demand for craft beer. GrainCorp on Tuesday said it would spend $75 million to increase production capacity at its Great Western Malting facility in Pocatello, Idaho by 120,000 tonnes to 220,000...

  • Brazil is one of the world's biggest agricultural producers and its biggest buyer of pesticides, according to Phillips McDougall, a Scotland- based agricultural consultancy and research firm. Those manufacturers, prosecutors said, include the Brazilian units of BASF, DuPont, Monsanto, Nufarm, Syngenta, Adama, FMC and Nortox. During the inspection in Sapezal, a...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens that lay eggs for food use, more than a third of the total. So far the U. S. Department of Agriculture has...

  • Zoe's Kitchen CEO: Differentiated brand   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 3:36 PM ET
    Zoe's Kitchen CEO: Differentiated brand

    Discussing cost pressures in the industry, with Kevin Miles, Zoe's Kitchen CEO.

  • 8 states get new drought aid for farms, ranches Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. That includes parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. The money comes from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

  • Oregon farmers say company lags on payments for seed Monday, 18 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Oregon growers have filed $4.85 million in liens against a Pennsylvania company they say has not paid them for radish seed. Jim Gardner of K&J Farms in Monmouth says his family needs to pay people and has yet to see a penny from seed company Cover Crop Solutions. David Weaver, CEO of Cover Crop Solutions, told the Capital Press newspaper last week that he is...