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  • India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    NEW DELHI, March 27- Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new...

  • Monsanto Co, which has built a $15 billion company on sales of glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide and crops genetically engineered to tolerate being sprayed with Roundup, has demanded a retraction and explanation from WHO. Monsanto officials have accused the IARC group of relying on "junk science" and basing conclusion on politics rather than sound science.

  • USDA says a quarter of farmers yet to select subsidies Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    Responding to a Reuters inquiry, the USDA said in a statement that 94 percent of grain farmers had updated their crop history as of March 19, but only 77 percent had elected either ARC or PLC to complete their five-year eligibility for payments. "We do not yet have a breakdown of how many have chosen ARC and how many PLC," USDA spokesman Cullen Schwarz added.

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 26- Argentina's waterlogged soy lands will get much-needed sun over the 10 days ahead, firming soils and allowing growers to drive harvesting combines into fields turned to mud by heavy early-March storms, meteorologists said on Thursday. Areas hardest hit by floods are in central-west Santa Fe and central-east Cordoba provinces.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.19 a bushel; May corn was 2 cents lower at $3.93 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.8225 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 2.75 cents to $9.76 a bushel. June live cattle was. 03 cent higher $1.5240 a pound; May feeder cattle was. 28 cent...

  • US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    The State Department, the U.S. seafood and retail industries and a member of Congress reacted swiftly Wednesday to an Associated Press investigation published this week that found slave-caught fish clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States. The State Department blacklisted Thailand last year...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 25- Argentine growers have harvested about 5 percent of this year's soy, with high yields in the central farm belt compensating for flood damage in northern fields and keeping the country on track for a record crop, analysts said on Wednesday. Strong soybean demand from China and global demand for soymeal livestock feed has kept a floor under...

  • Representatives for wheat, corn, and other farmers told a Capitol Hill forum that they will submit written comments to the FAA calling for final regulations to accommodate emerging drone technology for a range of agricultural applications. But proposed FAA rules would allow drones weighing less than 55 pounds at altitudes of no more than 500 feet, in daylight...

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.2350 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.9275 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.82 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.86 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 65 cent to $1.5240 a pound; May feeder cattle was. 37...

  • Legislator looks to cap scallop harvest as fishery grows Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A state legislator wants to put a cap on the amount of Maine scallops that fisherman can harvest, even as the rebounding fishery is growing in volume and value a decade after crashing. The plan has sent waves through Maine's scallop industry, where harvesters wonder what the proposed restrictions would mean for catch and dealers speculate what...

  • WASHINGTON— Inspired by the popular " USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics. But while organic foods must be USDA- certified to carry any organic label on a...

  • The wide-ranging bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. The measure would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Jim Zehringer, the...

  • AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 PM ET

    A year-long investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. The AP watched slave-caught fish being loaded onto a refrigerated cargo ship bound for Thailand. They tracked the reefer's 15- day journey...

  • March 24- Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. "We question the quality of the assessment," Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs, said on Tuesday in an interview. " Monsanto officials have...

  • USDA proposed Tuesday that farms must document that their managers put in 500 hours of substantial management work annually or 25 percent of the time necessary for the success of the farming operation to qualify. Congress exempted family owned entities, which make up some of the country's largest farms, as part of a provision in the wide-ranging farm bill that...

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.34 a bushel; May corn was. 75 cent higher at $3.91 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.815 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 7.5 cents to $9.76 a bushel. June live cattle fell. 60 cent to $1.5240 a pound; May feeder cattle was 1.17 cents...

  • CHICAGO, March 23- The U.S. government is developing a vaccine to protect poultry from new strains of avian flu that have recently killed birds from Arkansas to Washington state. In response to the cases, key overseas buyers have limited imports of U.S. poultry, and the world's biggest poultry producers, including Tyson Foods Inc and Sanderson Farms Inc, have...

  • CHICAGO, March 23- The U.S. government is developing a vaccine to protect poultry from new strains of avian flu that have recently killed birds from Arkansas to Washington state. The world's biggest poultry producers, including Tyson Foods Inc and Sanderson Farms Inc, have increased biosecurity at farms to protect their flocks. The United States is developing...

  • 'Strong' and 'dirty': What's really in legal weed Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    Marijuana Colorado

    Legal marijuana in Colorado is nearly twice as potent as illegal pot in the past, raising concerns about safety. NBC News reports.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.30 a bushel; May corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3. 89¼ a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.79 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 12 cents to $9. 85¾ a bushel. June live cattle rose 1.78 cents to $1.5225 a pound; May feeder cattle was 2.1...