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  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. "We're a certified organic farm— except for our asparagus," Melissa Dunham lamented.

  • Organic dairy farmers: Milk price a top challenge Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.H.— A University of New Hampshire survey of organic dairy farmers shows that while the consumer will pay a higher price for their milk, the farmers aren't getting back much of a profit. Working with the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, UNH researchers surveyed 183 northeastern organic dairy farms.

  • BOGOTA, Sept 5- Colombia's coffee production will be between 11.5 million and 12 million 60- kg bags in 2014, up from a previous estimate of 11.4 million bags, the head of the farmer-funded growers' federation said on Friday, thanks to good weather and tree renovation.

  • Fear of a global drought? Get used to it Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A farmer walks over dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Zhifang Reservoir on July 29, 2014 in Dengfeng, China.

    The U.S. is not the only country suffering from drought. The lack of rainfall in countries like China, Colombia and Australia is raising alarms.

  • Soybean planting in Brazil's leading agricultural states is only allowed after Sept. 15, following a period of three months in which the land must be left fallow to avoid the spread of disease in the tropical soil.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock higher Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 1.25 cents higher at $5.3050 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.50 cents higher at $3.51 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.41 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $10.0750 a bushel.

  • Copy of letter seen by Russia's Grain Union, Reuters. MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russia, one of the world's largest wheat exporters, said on Friday it was not considering grain export curbs as an option to balance domestic demand during the 2014/ 15 marketing season.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russia's Agriculture Ministry has proposed restricting grain exports in the 2014/ 2015 season as a possible way of balancing the domestic market, Arkady Zlochevsky, head of Russia's Grain Union, said. Russia shocked grain markets with a one-year export ban in 2010 when drought ravaged that year's harvest.

  • *Nigeria used to be world's number two cocoa producer. AKURE, Nigeria, Sept 4- College graduate Omatayo Adeniyi stands in a humid tropical forest of southwest Nigeria and explains why he chose cocoa farming over a white collar job in the city.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 4- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, supported by initially higher cash prices while pressured by profit taking, traders said. October live cattle ended up 1.625 cents per lb at 157.050, and December at 158.500, up 0.500 cent.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures climbed nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, their biggest one-day percentage increase in 1 1/ 2 months, driven by strong cash price expectations for this week, traders said. October live cattle ended up the maximum 3.000 cents per lb daily price limit at 155.425.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 3- A pickup in fertilizer demand has brightened the outlook for North American potash companies who suffered through plunging prices and profits after a European trading consortium collapsed in 2013..

  • Engineered food fight spending booms in first half Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:14 AM ET
    Wheat grows in a test field at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon.

    Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent roughly three times their spending in all of 2013.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • Wheat futures, which rose to a three-week high last Thursday on short-covering tied to escalating Ukraine- Russia tensions, reversed course and notched their largest two-session decline since Aug. 13.

  • Drought is so bad, change California flag: Group Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    A tongue-in-cheek effort to replace the bear on California's state flag with a camel is really meant to show just how serious the drought has become.

  • BOLIVAR, Argentina, Sept 2- Grains powerhouse Argentina could increase soy, corn and wheat output by as much as a fifth if the president elected next year scraps export quotas, eases taxes and reverses other policies that have slowed investment, farmers and commodity traders say.

  • *Africa could earn more if it adds value to exports. KIRINYAGA, Kenya, Aug 29- Nancy Njeri lugs a sack of fresh coffee berries to a hilltop factory from her small farm, which produces one of Kenya's main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children.

  • Indonesia's rice-for-poor scheme to test new president Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    JAKARTA, Aug 29- Indonesia's powerful anti-graft agency will launch a probe into the nation's subsidised rice scheme unless major flaws are fixed, threatening moves to expand the role of the state food buying agency into other staples such as corn, beef and sugar.