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  • Monsanto gets US approval for new GMO seeds Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 6:46 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The Environmental Protection Agency is still reviewing that new herbicide,...

  • Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • USDA approves Monsanto's new GMO soybeans, cotton Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    Jan 15- Monsanto Co. received final U.S. approval on Thursday for herbicide-tolerant crops to be used with a new herbicide the company says will fight problematic weed resistance on farm fields, but critics say will only worsen the problems. Monsanto is still waiting for final approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the herbicide it designed to...

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at 5.3775 a bushel; Mar corn was 1.50 cents higher at $3.8150 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $2.8275 a bushel; while Mar soybeans lost 4.75 cents at $10.0450 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 45 cent higher at $1.5620 a pound; Mar feeder...

  • BANGKOK— Human rights groups and labor organizations across Asia urged Thailand's military government on Thursday to scrap a proposal to send prisoners onto Thai fishing boats to fill labor shortages. In a letter addressed directly to coup leader-turned-Prime Minister Prayuth Chan- ocha, the 45 organizations including Human Rights Watch said the pilot...

  • Jan 14- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's decision to suspend purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare rules could bolster its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits this quarter. Chipotle shares fell 0.6 percent to $709.74 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Citing the risk of lost sales, Anderson cut his first...

  • UPDATE 1-Chipotle's pork plight could hurt Q1 results Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 2:50 PM ET

    Jan 14- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's decision to suspend purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare requirements could bolster its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits this quarter, an analyst said on Wednesday. Chipotle shares were down 1.1 percent to $706.54 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at 5.48 a bushel; Mar corn was 7.50 cents lower at $3.7825 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $2.9325 a bushel; while Mar soybeans lost 3 cents at $10.01 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent lower at $1.5735 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was. 33...

  • FRESNO, Calif.— California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The new regulations surpass standards required by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Brian Leahy, director of...

  • The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand. But not Delbert Bland, a major grower of Vidalia onions with roughly 3,000 acres in southeast Georgia devoted to the crop. Georgia's official state vegetable, the Vidalia onion is...

  • $372.5M in federal funds awarded to conservation projects Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 12:04 AM ET

    The federal agency has approved 115 proposals in an initial round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was authorized under national farm legislation that Congress enacted last year. "This is a new approach to conservation," Vilsack told The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Wednesday.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 3.75 cents higher at 5.5925 a bushel; Mar corn was 1.25 cents lower at $4.0075 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $2.9825 a bushel; while Mar soybeans were unchanged at $10.16 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 25 cent higher at $1.6070 a pound; Mar feeder...

  • EU parliament approves new GM crops planting rules Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 7:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28- nation bloc. The European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday backed the measure by a margin of 480 for and 159 against with...

  • WASHINGTON— A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in...

  • The average bushel-per-acre yield was 171, significantly better than the 158 bushels per acre in 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its final tally of the 2014 crop year released Monday. The record crop came even though farmers harvested about 5 percent fewer acres than in 2013. Record yields were estimated in 21 states, including Illinois...

  • Report: Winter wheat acreages down in US, Kansas Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 1:45 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Growers in Kansas and across the nation have seeded far fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year, according to a government report released Monday. Most of that acreage is in hard red winter wheat, the class most commonly grown in Kansas. Growers in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota planted fewer acres of wheat, while...

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 1 cent higher at 5.6475 a bushel; Mar corn was 4.75 cents lower at $3.9550 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.0325 a bushel; while Mar soybeans lost 7.25 cents to $10.45 a bushel. Feb live cattle was higher. 40 cent to $1.6100 a pound; Mar feeder cattle...

  • *Germany pushes for compulsory genetic modification labelling. BERLIN, Jan 12- Disagreements about food safety and farming are not likely to stand in the way of a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, Germany's farm minister told Reuters on Monday. The two sides are grappling with how to integrate Europe's food production and...

  • *WHAT: USDA quarterly stocks, monthly suppy/demand and wheat seeding reports. *USDA seen raising Dec 1 corn stocks to all-time high. USDA's quarterly stocks report, a survey-based estimate of grain held by farmers and commercial firms, has a history of jolting Chicago Board of Trade markets.

  • Immigrant rule to mean fewer—not more—farm workers Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 2:47 PM ET
    Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, Calif.

    President Obama's executive action on immigration may make it tougher for American farmers to fill labor needs.