SINGAPORE, April 21- Chicago wheat fell more than 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week, while corn slid for a third consecutive session as improved U.S. weather pressured grain prices. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery slid as much as 2.2 percent to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.» Read More
American consumers are up in arms about rising food prices and they will likely feel more of a financial pinch, courtesy of California's drought.
WASHINGTON, April 18- The U.S. government launched on Friday a probe into allegations that cheap imports of Mexican sugar are causing nearly $1 billion in damages in the local market, even as the Mexican representatives made a formal rebuttal of the accusations.
BISMARCK, N.D.— Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.
Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.
Coffee for July delivery jumped 15.25 cents, or 8.1 percent, to $2.04 per pound. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, accounting for about a third of global production, according to the International Coffee Organization. Coffee in Brazil isn't harvested until June.
*Wheat gains on weather concerns, exports. CHICAGO, April 17- U.S. wheat futures firmed on Thursday, supported by short-covering, concerns that a recent cold snap in key growing areas damaged some of the crop and worries that grain shipments from the Black Sea could be disrupted by political unrest in Ukraine, traders said.
BISMARCK, N.D.— BNSF Railway Co. will add trains in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana solely for transporting fertilizer for spring crop planting, the railroad has told a federal oversight board. The federal board this week ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by Friday to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring.
*Wheat firms on weather concerns, exports. Corn and soybeans eased, with soy setting back on some mild profit taking after bigger-than-expected crush data sparked a rally that pushed prices to a nine-month high earlier in the week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.