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  • HONOLULU— A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit...

  • CHICAGO, June 30- U.S. grain and soybean futures on Tuesday climbed to their highest prices since December after the U.S. Agriculture Department said crop stockpiles and spring plantings were smaller than analysts expected. U.S. corn and soybean stocks as of June 1 were up from a year ago, after record-large harvests last year, but below market forecasts due to...

  • US opening market to Argentina, Brazil beef imports Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 2:43 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina and Brazil are greeting news that they will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban. Exports of fresh beef from Argentina to the three North American countries could be worth about $280 million, said Economy Minister Axel Kicillof. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant...

  • WILLIAMS, Ore.— On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet. says Gina Erdmann, director of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, as she lays out materials on the sign-in table outside the...

  • CHICAGO, June 30- U.S. grain and soybean futures jumped to their highest prices since January on Tuesday after the U.S. Agriculture Department said crop stockpiles and spring plantings were smaller than analysts expected. U.S. corn and soybean stocks as of June 1 were up from a year ago, after record-large harvests last year, but below market forecasts due to heavy...

  • U.S. corn, soybean stocks rise despite heavy usage Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    *Corn, soy supplies as of June 1 below forecasts. *Corn usage second highest ever, soy usage fourth highest. Corn usage from March through May totaled 3.303 billion bushels, the second highest ever for the time period.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was 1 cent higher at $3.93 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans was unchanged at 9.80 cents a bushel. August live cattle was. 40 cent lower at $1.4947 a...

  • Global coffee exports down 12 pct in May - ICO Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    LONDON, June 30- Global coffee exports fell 12 percent in May from a year earlier to total 9.28 million 60 kg bags, the International Coffee Organization said on Tuesday. For the first eight months of the 2014/ 15 season, which began on Oct. 1 last year, coffee exports were down 4.6 percent at 72.31 million bags. Robusta coffee exports fell 23.4 percent in May from a year...

  • *Wheat set for biggest monthly rise in 5 years. *Market worries over U.S. rain, dry Canada/ Europe. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, June 30- Chicago wheat held near a six-month high on Tuesday as the market continued to worry over a rain-hampered U.S. harvest and harsh weather in other wheat exporting countries.

  • This farm is in an underground tunnel Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:07 AM ET
    This farm is in an underground tunnel

    How to get the freshest, locally-grown food when you live in a big city? This underground farm, implanted in a disused WWII tunnel, could be the solution.

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly higher Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery advanced 15.50 cents to $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was. 5 cent lower at 3.92 a bushel; December oats were 6.50 cents lower at 2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans fell 5 cents to $9.8450 a bushel. August live cattle gained 1.35 cents to $1.4987 a pound;...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...

  • Potash Corp and K+ S have both acknowledged the bid publicly but have disclosed no other details. Potash Corp, however, intends to keep K+ S's German mines operational, would not divest its market-leading salt business, and would continue with the development of a $4 billion legacy mining project in Canada, the people said on Sunday. Potash Corp also views K+ S's...

  • Turf wars: How this $40B industry helps and hurts Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Sheep Meadow in Central Park is a mixture of four types of turfgrass.

    There are acres of green turf around the country, but lawn maintenance has stirred a debate about its environmental impact.

  • *New-crop corn hits $4 a bushel, soybeans $10. Corn and soybeans also rose but pared gains as farmers took advantage of the rally and sold supplies of both commodities. Corn rose 9 percent, the most since July 2012, during a historic U.S. drought.

  • Some of the 12 nations taking part in negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership want Canada to start dismantling a system known as supply management, which protects dairy, egg and chicken producers. Harper said on Thursday that Canada must join TPP but it would also work to protect supply management, a system that New Zealand's trade minister says belongs in...

  • *New-crop corn hits $4 a bushel, soybeans $10. Corn and soybean futures advanced but pared gains as farmers took advantage of the rally and sold supplies of both commodities. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 11:40 a.m. CDT, July wheat was up 31 cents at $5.63 per bushel after reaching $5.66, the highest spot price since Jan. 13.

  • The Corn Refiners Association, which represents high-fructose corn syrup producers, has hired Washington lobbyist firm, the Alpine Group, to challenge sugar's long-protected status, a spokesman for the organization said on Thursday. Its members include Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc.. This is the first time corn refiners have publicly taken the...

  • Grain higher and livestock mixed Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.38 a bushel; September corn was 7 cents higher at $3.8975 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.7075 a bushel; while November soybeans were 12.25 cents higher at 9.90 a bushel. August live cattle was. 18 cent higher at...

  • *Wheat up as rain could impede U.S. harvest. Wheat rose on fears that storms could prevent the U.S. crop being gathered just as thousands of harvesters are rolling onto fields. Chicago Board of Trade July corn was up 1.06 percent at $3.80-1/ 4 a bushel at 0951 GMT after touching a session peak of $3.80-3/ 4, the highest since April 23.