• Bitter court feud over sweet Vidalia onions Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:44 AM ET

    Black spent the past 18 months working with farmers on a new rule that prohibits packaging Vidalia onions for shipping before the last full week of April. Any farmer who ships onions before the official start date next Monday faces fines of up to $5,000 per bag or box, and could be banned from selling onions under the Vidalia trademark in the future.

  • India's grain export drive seen election-proof Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, April 14- India's main opposition party said it would push on with the country's drive to expand its grain exports if it forms the next government after elections that kicked off last week.

  • *Australia keen to sell live cattle to China. SYDNEY/ BEIJING, April 14- Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize for its beef industry by persuading China to open its market to live cattle sales.

  • Wanted: More young people for an iconic US industry Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:10 PM ET
    A farmer drives a combine while harvesting soybeans on a farm in Fairfield County, Ohio.

    There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under. It's a concern, say experts.

  • Report: Sales of combines down in March Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— An industry report shows U.S. sales of combines were down in March compared to the same month a year ago, even as farmers purchased more tractors during the same period. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Thursday a more than 21 percent drop last month in sales of combines nationwide.

  • Petroleum engineer continues farming tradition     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Ryan Kirby is a 33-year-old former petroleum engineer who traded an office job in Houston for a 3,500 acre farm in Louisiana. While Kirby says there are programs to help newcomers to farming, he says the truth is that parents who farm need to make sure their children continue that tradition.

  • USDA's plan to draw folks back to farming     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains a new federal program to encourage young people to go into farming, and he's especially hopeful that returning military veterans will "reconnect to their roots."

  • Young farmer encourages youngsters     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Jake Carter is a 34-year-old farmer outside Atlanta, GA, who is educating local children about the importance of agriculture, hoping this will encourage more young people to go into farming.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.6225 a bushel; May corn was 1.75 cents higher at 5.03 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.05 a bushel; while May soybeans 15.25 cents lower at 14.67 a bushel.

  • US government courts new farmers     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    The USDA is announcing new funding to attract newcomers to farming, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • April 10- The American Farm Bureau Federation said on Thursday it had more work to do to find consensus on a set of standards aimed at protecting farm data privacy, after meeting in Kansas City with a dozen leading U.S. agricultural industry players. Over the last year, there has been a surge in the collection and analyses of farm data across the United States.

  • *Expects full-year earnings/share $0.70- $1.00 vs est $0.89. April 10- Heavy equipment retailer Titan Machinery Inc said it expects its construction machinery business to break even this year after losing money for two years, reducing the impact from a slowdown in its larger farm equipment division.

  • *Corn back above $5 on slow start to U.S. planting. Corn fell on technical selling but pared losses amid concerns about potential U.S. planting delays. At the Chicago Board of Trade by 12:34 p.m. CDT, May wheat was down 7 cents at $6.62 a bushel, while KC May hard red winter wheat, the type grown in the Plains, dipped to a one-month low of $7.19-3/ 4.

  • ABU DHABI/ CAIRO, April 10- Two wheat cargoes purchased by top global wheat buyer Egypt are stuck at Russia's Novorossiisk port, after the trade house selling the grain had problems opening the importer's letters of credit, traders said.

  • *Coffee council pegs Brazil 2014 output down 4.5 pct y/y. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 10- Arabica coffee hit a more than two-year high on Thursday on low crop forecasts amid renewed fears that a drought will severely cut top grower Brazil's output in the coming seasons.

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.69 a bushel; May corn was 3.25 cents lower at 4.99 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.24 a bushel; while May soybeans 6 cents lower at 14.8925 a bushel.

  • *Wheat under pressure as USDA ups global stocks forecast. Soybeans were lower on talk of defaults by Chinese buyers, after prices climbed on Wednesday above $15 a bushel on estimates of a lower U.S. 2013-14 carry over stock.

  • SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese soybean imports will drop as processors cannot cover their costs with a bird flu outbreak sapping demand for the animal feed ingredient they make.

  • TOKYO, April 10- Japan is considering slashing tariffs on U.S. beef imports to less than 10 percent from the current 38.5 percent in negotiations aimed at laying the ground for a broad Pacific trade pact, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday.

  • MOLINE, Ill., April 9- Steps away from a replica of the revolutionary 1837 steel plow at tractor company John Deere's headquarters sits a combine as big as a tank and packed with computer wizardry that harvests huge volumes of valuable data as it gathers crops.

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