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  • Sri Lanka trying to avoid European fisheries ban Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— Sri Lanka will address European Commission concerns about its fishing industry to avert a possible import ban, an official said Wednesday. The European Commission proposed the ban on Tuesday, saying Sri Lanka has not sufficiently addressed shortcomings in its fisheries control system. The EU imported 74 million euros worth of fish from Sri...

  • Winter wheat planting, fall harvest makes progress Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Rain across most of Kansas in the past week slowed the harvest of fall crops, but farmers still made progress. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday that Kansas farmers were still busy harvesting row crops, seeding wheat and marketing livestock. Corn harvest in the state is 56 percent finished.

  • Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    DENVER— Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns. Three states— Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—...

  • WTO sides with US farmers in dispute with India Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of U.S. poultry and egg farmers Tuesday in a dispute with India. The panel found India had violated several trade rules in imposing the restrictions. The poultry and egg industries estimate that trade with India could be worth $300 million annually if all of the restrictions are lifted.

  • California drought's new target: The great pumpkins Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 11:05 AM ET
    Rows of fresh large pumpkins at the Pierce College Farmer's Market in Woodland Hills, Calif.

    The Golden State's lack of water is making some pumpkin farmers feel they are at the end of their rope when it comes to growing the crop.

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.0525 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.4475 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4475 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 2.75 cents at $9.48 a bushel. Dec live cattle was 1.03 cents lower at $1.6567 pound; Nov feeder...

  • Ebola and food security topic at World Food Prize Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:09 PM ET

    Sierra Leone and Liberia are among the nations represented at the World Food Prize Foundation's three-day symposium held each year in conjunction with the awarding of the prize. More than 2,500 confirmed cases of Ebola and 753 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said last week. Liberia's Agriculture Minister Florence...

  • Bumper crop pulls global food prices lower Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    Corn is deposited into a semi-trailer after being harvested in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

    Consumers are getting some relief after run-up in food prices this spring—thanks to a bumper grain crop and a weaker dollar.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 13- The Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said on Monday it will remove the "humanely raised" claims from a store brand of chicken to settle a federal lawsuit claiming the retailer deceived consumers because the animals were raised under standard commercial farming conditions. Kroger and the lawyers for a California consumer filed a...

  • Grain higher, livestock higher Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9850 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3.3825 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4275 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 5.75 cents at $9.2825 a bushel. Dec live cattle was 1.75 cents higher at $1.6705 pound; Nov feeder...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Beijing's cotton price supports have breached global trade rules, a U.S. industry association said, calling on U.S. regulators to examine China's support levels in a sign of mounting tensions between the world's top grower and the global market. Prices paid to farmers by the Chinese government under the country's farming policy exceed those...

  • *Wheat supported by USDA stocks view. CHICAGO, Oct 10- Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean futures dropped on Friday, with big crops in focus following a U.S. Agriculture Department report that boosted already-record forecasts for U.S. production. Wheat futures closed higher after the USDA cut its outlook for domestic supplies in the closely watched report.

  • USDA ups expected record corn, soybean harvest Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    It's the third consecutive month the USDA has increased its estimate of the corn harvest as favorable weather helped the crops develop. Twenty-two states expect a record high corn yield for 2014, and 10 states will set a benchmark for number of ears, including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio. Soybean farmers will see records fall, too, as 12 states will set new...

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock lower Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 3.25 cents lower at $4.90 a bushel; Dec corn was 7 cents lower at $3.3775 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4375 a bushel; while Nov soybeans lost 13 cents at $9.29 a bushel. Dec live cattle was 1.07 cent lower at $1.6480 pound; Nov feeder cattle was...

  • *Corn, soy firm despite expectations for record crops. Corn and soybeans firmed, with corn notching its seventh straight day of gains. "It seems that the rally ran out of steam as fundamentals globally remain a bit bearish," said Greg Grow, director of agribusiness at Archer Financial Services.

  • *Corn, soy firm despite expectations for record crops. Corn and soybeans firmed, with corn on track for its seventh straight day of gains. "The U.S. Agriculture Department is going to remind us of a world that is flush with wheat," said Tom Fritz, a partner with EFG Group in Chicago.

  • Drone gap? US has one in farming, say experts Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 11:52 AM ET
    A drone flying over vineyards in Pessac, France.

    As the FAA formulates rules regarding commercial use of drones, experts say American farmers are falling behind other countries who use it.

  • Grain mostly higher, and beef lower and pork higher Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery declined 14.50 cents to $4.9325 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents higher at 3.4275 a bushel; Dec oats rose. 50 cent to $3.4375 a bushel; while Nov soybeans advanced 7 cents to $9.42 a bushel. Dec live cattle fell 2.18 cents to $1.6587 a pound; Nov feeder cattle was 1.40...

  • MUMBAI, Oct 9- Plunging sugar prices have forced at least one Indian sugar mill to default on bank loans and could drive others to do the same, the latest sign of the heavy toll a four-year-old supply glut in the country is taking on producers of the sweetener. One of the country's largest sugar mills, Mawana Sugars Ltd, has defaulted on 2.5 billion rupees of...

  • Oct 8- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday and said it sees continued growth in the new fiscal year on sales of corn and soybean seeds. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as the popular Roundup herbicide, forecast earnings in a range of $5.75 to $6.00...