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  • Unseasonal rain causes heartache for many Indian farmers Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:50 AM ET

    LUCKNOW, India— April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The largely agrarian state— India's most populous, with 210 million people— has declared a state of emergency to seek funds from the federal government to compensate farmers. Our granary is full and we clear all our dues by selling our produce, "said Vinod Kumar, an...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday. Jerry Brown warns might be the new normal in California, is a long-term risk to the state economy if it slows home construction or leads to higher food prices.

  • CHICAGO, April 14- The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Twenty-two commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, the leading U.S. turkey-producing state, have been infected with the H5N2 flu in...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • Urban dwellers vs. farmers   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    Urban dwellers vs. farmers

    Are farmers the bad guys in California's water crisis, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • Grain higher, livestock higher Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.0025 a bushel; July corn was 1 cent higher at $3.79 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6750 a bushel; while July soybeans was 10.25 cents higher at 9.63 a bushel. June live cattle was 1.55 cents higher $1.5050 a pound; August...

  • Philippines looks to broaden range of rice suppliers Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:57 AM ET

    MANILA, April 14- The Philippines' state grains procurement agency said on Tuesday that it would look to import rice from a broader range of countries including Pakistan, India and Myanmar, as it tries to diversify its supplies of the staple food. One of the world's biggest rice importers, the Philippines usually buys from key producers Vietnam and Thailand.

  • TORONTO, April 13- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the country's largest pension fund manager, said on Monday it is concerned about the Saskatchewan government's decision to temporarily ban certain institutional investors from buying farmland in the province. Pension plans and other institutional investors will be unable to purchase farmland...

  • *Corn follows wheat lower; U.S. planting 2 pct complete. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell more than 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as forecasts for timely showers across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat lower, while soybeans fell on rising global stockpiles.

  • Drought takes toll on winter wheat in western Kansas Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Rains that swept through parts of arid Kansas during the weekend missed vast stretches of parched winter wheat crops in the western part of the state. But weather forecasts that predict heavy rains in western Kansas and eastern Colorado later this week— followed by another generous round of rain expected next week— have sparked a measure of...

  • Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940 s and lasted 50 years. Meeting outside Santa Rosa, California, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Sunday to close the season...

  • Lethal bird flu found in commercial chicken flock Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 1:09 PM ET
    Tracy Otterson puts avian influenza samples in the centrifuge to clean them up before moving to extraction Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the first case of a lethal strain of bird flu in a commercial chicken flock.

  • *Corn lower in sympathy with wheat. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell nearly 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as timely rains across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat down, while soybeans were lower in choppy trade.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 20.50 cents lower at $5.0350 a bushel; July corn was 2 cents lower at $3.8275 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6850 a bushel; while July soybeans was unchanged at $9.56 a bushel. June live cattle was. 85 cent lower $1.4795 a pound; August feeder...

  • Human Rights Watch said the settlement farms, most of them in the Jordan Valley, employ children as young as 11, pay them low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions. Human Rights Watch said it interviewed 38 children and 12 adults in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. "Israel's settlements are profiting from rights abuses against...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Nestle SA said on Monday it is cutting the added sugar in its Nesquik flavored milk products, the latest in a series of moves by the Swiss food company to reduce sugar and salt in its offerings amid growing public health concerns. Still, Nestle's changes, similar to efforts at big food companies including General Mills Inc, fail to satisfy concerns...

  • Paper towels, toilet tissue latest uses for wheat straw Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested. She said she thinks Kimberly-Clark's...

  • *Soybeans hit lowest since Oct. 21. Corn and soybeans were slightly lower, anchored by ample domestic supplies, while huge crops from South America lowered demand for U.S. offerings on the export market. Soybeans hit their lowest since Oct. 21 during the trading day but closed well above session lows.

  • CHICAGO, April 10- Sales of human antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators said on Friday, although recent statements by producers suggest those figures could be dropping. Companies such as Tyson Foods Inc and Perdue Farms have said in the past year, however, they have either reduced or...