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  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 1.50 cents lower at $5.51 a bushel; Mar corn was 6 cents higher at $3.9225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2575 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 13.50 cents to $10.34 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 32 cent lower at $1.7150 pound; Jan feeder...

  • New bird flu cluster identified in Netherlands Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch authorities Friday said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after new cases of bird flu were found in the town of Kamperveen, in the third outbreak in the Netherlands this week. A new infection was detected Friday morning at a chicken farm in Kamperveen, roughly a hundred kilometers away from the previous infections, the...

  • China to overhaul grains import quota system Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles.

  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii, has established an annual quota of 3,763 metric tons of bigeye for U.S.-flagged longline vessels in the central and western Pacific. Pacific territories: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • BEIJING, Nov 21- China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles, according to government and industry sources. The low-tariff quotas, which are sanctioned under China's membership of the World Trade Organisation, are allocated to...

  • Climate change to raise insurance losses Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    People wade through floodwaters while carrying belongings from their home in Lyons, Colo., Sept. 20, 2013.

    Property and agriculture losses caused by climate change is forecast to increase exponentially in the coming decades, reports USA Today.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.451 a bushel; Mar corn was 4.75 cents higher at $3.8075 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2650 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 2.25 cents to $10.07 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 60 cent lower at $1.7170 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • Nov 19- Archer Daniels Midland Co sued seed company Syngenta AG on Wednesday over sales of a genetically modified corn variety not approved for import by China, joining more than 100 farmers and exporters in pursuing damages from the Swiss-based company. The lawsuit alleges that Syngenta commercialized the MIR162 corn variety, also known as Agrisure Viptera,...

  • WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Nov 19- U.S. farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10 billion, blowing a hole in the government's promise that its new five-year farm bill would save taxpayers money. If payments for 2014, the first year the farm bill takes effect, do come in at that level- as some private...

  • Combine sharing program aims to boost farm income Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A combine-sharing program touted Wednesday as the first of its kind aims to give farmers a chance to make some money off expensive equipment that sits idle once harvest is finished, and could provide competition next season for custom cutters. The "Farmer to Farmer" program from FarmLink, a Kansas City, Missouri- based agribusiness, will let farmers in...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was off 10 cents to $5.41 a bushel; Mar corn was 9 cents lower at 3.76 a bushel; Mar oats fell 2.75 cents to $3.3025 a bushel; while Jan soybeans declined 18.50 cents to $10.0475 a bushel. Feb live cattle rose. 23 cent to $1.7230 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 17 cent lower at...

  • More restrictions for Gulf of Maine cod fishery Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators voted Wednesday to close several areas to commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine as they seek to rebuild the depleted fishery. Many lobstermen adamantly opposed that idea, which Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association President Bernie Feeney said would "turn fishermen against fishermen." Regulators have said Gulf of...

  • Guyana reports rice surplus, seeks new markets Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana— The South American country of Guyana is reporting a record rice harvest and is seeking new markets for its surplus. The general manager of the Rice Development Board says farmers have produced nearly 627,000 metric tons of rice this year. Venezuela, Nicaragua and Panama are among the top current buyers.

  • SUVA, Nov 19- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pledged a multi-million dollar line of credit for Fiji's struggling sugar industry, once worked by thousands of indentured labourers from India under appalling conditions. India will provide a $70 million line of credit to build a co-generation power plant at a sugar mill, Modi said in an address...

  • SUVA, Nov 19- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pledged a multi-million dollar line of credit for Fiji's struggling sugar industry, once worked by thousands of indentured labourers from India under appalling conditions. India will provide a $70 million line of credit to build a co-generation power plant at a sugar mill, Modi said in an address...

  • HOBART, Australia, Nov 19- Why would arguably the world's second-most powerful person bother to visit an island at the bottom of the world most famous for a cartoon character that bears little resemblance to the real animal? Tourism was also a key component, with Xi's visit sparking hopes of increased Chinese interest in the natural beauty of Tasmania, which is...

  • Snowstorm halts corn harvest for some farmers Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota farmers are nearing the end of the corn and sunflower harvests, but last week's snowstorm halted the harvest for some farmers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, despite the storm and frigid temperatures, farmers were able to use 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday to make progress on the corn and...

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.5375 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.25 cents lower at $3.8825 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3950 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 8.25 cents to $10.28 a bushel. Feb live cattle was unchanged at $1.7210 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • Chinese company, Dairy Farmers plan Kansas plant Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas but the location and other details are not being publicly released. The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers based in Kansas City, is working with the Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group on the project, The Kansas...

  • Winter weather slows harvest across South Dakota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year's place for corn and sunflowers. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent harvested, well...