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  • MINNEAPOLIS— A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million. The University of Minnesota Extension study uses economic modeling to try to get at the ripple effects of the fast-moving virus that has killed some 8 million birds in Minnesota...

  • Egg cost rising due to bird flu   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Egg cost rising due to bird flu

    The bird flu outbreak could threaten U.S. poultry and egg supply for the next nine to eighteen months according to food service company Sysco.

  • *Corn tracks wheat gains despite planting progress. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, May 18- Chicago wheat futures rose on Monday to near a one-month high as forecasts for more rain in the U.S. Corn tracked wheat higher, although gains were capped by planting progress in the U.S.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus. The development at the south-central Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest. The chickens will be destroyed in the...

  • Bird flu saga to limit chicken, egg supply: Sysco Saturday, 16 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Chicken farm

    Sysco said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its chicken and egg supply for nine to 18 months.

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Food distributor Sysco Corp said on Friday that a record U.S. outbreak of avian flu would limit its chicken and egg supply for nine to 18 months, based on information provided to the company by its suppliers. Sysco is the biggest U.S. food distributor, whose clients include restaurants, hotels and hospitals. The company is discussing options with its...

  • Victory for farmer forced to accept union contract Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    In a May 5, 2015, photo, farmworkers and supporters march in advance of a vote by the Washington, D.C., City Council on a measure "calling on Gerawan Farming to honor a contract issued in 2013 by a neutral mediator and approved by the state."

    An appeals court has ruled in favor of Gerawan farms, saying that a state cannot force a contract if both sides do not come to terms.

  • BOGOTA, May 15- Colombia will suspend aerial fumigation of illegal coca plants in light of a number of studies linking the herbicide used to cancer, a move which marks the end of a decades-long strategy in the country's fight against drug trafficking. Colombia, which produces some 300 tonnes of cocaine per year, has fumigated illicit coca crops for two decades...

  • Midwest egg price surge   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET
    Midwest egg price surge

    Discussing rising food costs as the bird flu spreads across the Midwest, with Thomas Elam, FarmEcon President, and Simon Shane, Poultry Industry consultant.

  • Bird flu spreads across America's farmland   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET
    Bird flu spreads across America's farmland

    Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have declared a state of emergency regarding bird flu. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on containing the virus.

  • Bird flu hits food prices hard—and may hit harder Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm in Iowa.

    As avian flu ravages the Midwest, more than 8 percent of the 300 million-plus U.S. layer hen population has disappeared in a month.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional. However, the 5th District Court of Appeal said Thursday it does not clearly state the standards that the contracts are supposed to achieve.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.1425 a bushel; July corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.6550 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4750 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 1 cent to 9.58 a bushel. June live cattle was unchanged at $1.5380 a pound; August feeder cattle...

  • Where's the meat? In the veggies: Impossible Foods

    Patrick Brown, Impossible Foods CEO, explains how the company is disrupting the global food market by using biochemistry to trick plants into producing the same protein as meat. This innovative method helped land Impossible Foods at #42 on CNBC's Disruptor 50 2015 list.

  • For Modi's government, storm brewing in rural India Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:44 PM ET

    India's Prime Minister Modi is being blamed for not doing enough for the troubled farm sector, which sustains three-fifths of the population.

  • Nebraska declares state of emergency over bird flu Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:06 PM ET
    Avian Bird Flu

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday over the rapidly spreading avian flu.

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Prices for prime crop land in the central Corn Belt held up better than other regions in the first quarter, but the outlook for low grain prices looked likely to pressure land values and farm incomes further in coming months, according to Federal Reserve quarterly surveys of farm bankers issued on Thursday. But it said a jump in farmland values in...

  • Bird flu winners & losers   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:53 PM ET
    Bird flu stocks to watch

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan looks at all the socks impacted by the outbreak of bird flu.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 14- Richardson International, one of Canada's largest grain handlers, is seeking expansion in the United States through acquisitions worth C $100 million to as much as C $2 billion, its chief executive said on Thursday. Richardson, which now owns two U.S. mills, is interested in Andersons Inc and private companies Bartlett and Scoular, as...

  • Testing for bird flu   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:16 PM ET
    Testing for bird flu

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan goes inside the Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center, to find out how dead birds are tested for bird flu, and handled.