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  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 4.50 cents lower at $4.84 a bushel; Dec corn was 40 cents lower at $3.3425 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4225 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 11.25 cents to $9.60 a bushel.

  • California's water rules: Easing or aiding drought? Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET
    A digital traffic sign informs travelers southbound on Interstate Highway 5 to conserve water, as they pass through Del Mar, Calif.

    California has finally adapted new regulations when it comes to groundwater usage. But some experts say they will have no effect on the drought.

  • "We sure are aware of the concerns that have been expressed," said Dow AgroSciences President Tim Hassinger in an interview.

  • Multi-state fishing group wants tougher laws Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters. They sent a letter to Congress this month calling for laws that strengthen requirements to reduce bycatch, require more comprehensive catch information and maintain rebuilding timelines for fish stocks.

  • Grain lower, beef and pork lower Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9925 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.3925 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4650 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 8.75 cents to $9.7375 a bushel.

  • Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 17- The Canadian government will fine Canadian National Railway Co for failing to meet minimum weekly grain volumes under an official order demanding railways ramp up grain shipments or face penalties, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.

  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 17- Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and wheat firmed slightly on Wednesday as bargain hunters stepped into the market to provide a boost to commodities that were trending near four-year lows, traders said. "The new crop is going to overwhelm the balance tables," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.9625 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.4125 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5075 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.85 a bushel.

  • Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.

  • Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.

  • *FOB soybean offers for October/November shipments fell 7 cents to 173/ 163 cents over CBOT November futures, tracking weaker nearby CIF values- which fell about 25- 30 cents a bushel this week- ahead of the expected record harvest.

  • Why it's so hard to call the end of a drought Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.

  • Smart tech on the farm     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    CNBC's Sara Eisen speaks to Samuel Allen, Deere & Company chairman & CEO, about the company's R&D spending and new product lines, including the use of new technology to improve yield.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Russia's ban on most Western food, the assimilation of the disputed Crimea region and people fleeing conflict in Ukraine are set to boost Russian grain demand this year, SovEcon, one of the country's leading agriculture consultancies, said.

  • *Slowdown in China imports would drag on global soybean prices. *China demand for soyoil, soymeal hurt by tepid economic growth. "The first half of the year was the worst on record for the industry," said a Singapore- based senior official at an international trading company, which owns soybean processing facilities in China.

  • Farmers and analysts say the elimination of government incentives to buy new equipment, a related overhang of used tractors, and a reduced commitment to biofuels, all darken the outlook for the sector beyond 2019- the year the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes will begin to rise again.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Cargill Inc, the top U.S. grain exporter, sued a unit of Syngenta AG in a Louisiana state court on Friday for damages stemming from China's rejection of genetically modified U.S. corn, which Cargill said cost the company more than $90 million.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Cargill Inc, the top U.S. grain exporter, said it had sued Syngenta Seeds Inc in a Louisiana state court on Friday for damages stemming from rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China.