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  • NEW YORK, July 25- Uncertainty over a policy shift to crop subsidies in China, the world's top producer and consumer of cotton, could spark a burst of demand for imported cotton between September and December, an industry veteran said on Friday.

  • Grain mostly higher, beef and pork higher Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mosly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was 9.25 cents higher at $5.38 a bushel; Sept corn was 1.50 cents higher at 3.63 a bushel; Dec oats were 6.50 cents higher at $3.325 a bushel; while Nov soybeans were 1.25 cents lower at $10.835 a bushel.

  • Groundwater levels plunge as southwest slurps up Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Mineral-stained rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam are seen at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona.

    The data comes as policymakers wrestle over how to manage the use of groundwater, often farmers' last resort, NBC News reports.

  • Don't believe the hype—a kale crisis is bunk Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    Northern Spy Food Co.’s kale salad.

    Recent stories reported a coming worldwide kale shortage due to an absence of seeds at Australia's Bejos Seeds. The truth is something else.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.3075 a bushel; Sept corn was 4.5 cents lower at $3.58 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2425 a bushel; while Nov soybeans were 8.5 cents higher at $10.85 a bushel.

  • Net earnings for the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization fell to $472 million, or 56 cents per share, from $643 million, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier. Potash Corp had forecast 40 cents to 45 cents. Potash Corp raised its estimate of 2014 earnings to a range of $1.70 to $1.90 per share from a prior forecast of $1.50 to $1.80.

  • Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America. The White House was announcing the money Thursday as part of a rural conference it is holding this week.

  • Soybeans bounce off lowest prices since 2010 Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    Soybeans rose 19 cents to settle at $10.77 a bushel. Wheat rose 6 cents to $5.31 a bushel and corn added 3 cents to $3.71 a bushel. Mike Zuzolo, president of Global Commodity Analytics, said those forecasts helped nudge prices up Wednesday because many farmers planted their soybeans late in the season, which makes them more susceptible to changing weather.

  • July 23- Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs.

  • CHICAGO, July 23- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool- giant sausage-shaped storage bags- to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc..

  • These are the markets that Marc Faber likes     Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:48 PM ET

    Marc Faber, Publisher, The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, explains why he thinks the agriculture sector is a good place for investments.

  • Corn extends slump; grain price at four-year low Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    Corn for delivery in September dropped 3.75 cents, or 1 percent, to $3.68 a bushel on Tuesday. "The weather conditions are beyond good," said Sterling Smith, a commodities analyst at Citigroup. Soybeans for the same month dropped 13.75 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $10.58 a bushel.

  • July 22- DuPont, the world's second-largest seed maker, said its agriculture business would not improve in the current quarter as it struggles to cope with farmers' preference for soybean rather than corn, the mainstay of the business.

  • Grain higher, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.30 a bushel; Sept corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.6525 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.25 a bushel; while Nov soybeans was 1.50 cents higher at $10.72 a bushel.

  • Produce contamination scare not so peachy Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Wawona Packing says no illnesses have been reported from a listeria scare of some of its produce, and the nationwide recall is a precaution.

  • Investors buy farmland: A market ripe for tilling? Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:06 AM ET
    Steve Fessler, left, vice president at Prudential Agricultural Investments, shows a strawberry to Thomas Gimbel, a hedgefund executive at American Farmland Company, at a farm in Watsonville, Calif., April 25, 2014.

    Investors are buying up America's farmland through real estate trusts like Farmland Partners to cash in on rising food prices. NYT reports.

  • July 22- Chemicals maker DuPont forecast lower-than-expected operating earnings for the current quarter and warned of a loss in its agriculture unit as weak farm sales constrain both profit and revenue. DuPont has made a big push into agriculture, energy and specialty materials to insulate itself from more volatile businesses.

  • USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops faring well Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn crop is maturing faster than normal and faring well. The USDA says in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state's corn is rated as either good or excellent. Eighty-two percent of the crop is silking, 12 percentage points better than the average of the previous five years.

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Drought costing California     Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    Over 80 percent of California is now in extreme or exceptional drought. CNBC's Jane Wells reports UC Davis predicts this will cost the state $2.2 billion.