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  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12- Argentina's main state bank will deny credit to farmers who are holding onto soybeans as a hedge against inflation, a top official said on Friday, as the government cracks down on crop hoarding as part of a campaign to build up its dollar reserves. Argentine soy is used widely as livestock feed in Asia, fueling the region's shift toward a higher...

  • Guac fans! Stock up on avocados before prices hike Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:31 PM ET
    Avacados

    The confluence of many bad events will cause an avocado price spike and supply shortage in the coming months.

  • UPDATE 1-Cargill says to go it alone on Nutreco deal Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Dec 11- U.S. commodities company Cargill said on Thursday it would bid alone for Dutch animal feed company Nutreco and pledged not to break up the business to try to capture the initiative from rival bidder SHV. Shares in global fish and animal feed supplier Nutreco rose more than 4 percent as investors warmed to the prospect of a bidding war.

  • HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, Dec 10- Chicago wheat fell for a second session on Wednesday as concern that Russia will restrict exports eased, while soybeans hit a near one-month high amid expectations the U.S. Department of Agriculture will cut its forecast for inventories. Corn also rose as traders adjusted positions ahead of the monthly USDA report on global supply and...

  • Organic farming can compete—especially in droughts Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET
    File photo: An employee moves through a green house growing tomatoes at the Clear Brook Organic Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

    Organic farms may be a lot more productive than previously thought, and they be able may perform better in tough times, according to a study.

  • Tuna economics: Why tuna ranching works in Mexico Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    A significant portion of the Pacific bluefin tuna supply comes from oceanic feedlots off the coast of Mexico, an activity that can only be supported by the high price of the fish.

  • The next hot tech bet...farming? Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    A drone flying over vineyards in Pessac, France.

    From big data to drone technology, VCs are investing in companies that will change the way we think about farming.

  • UAE-Egypt alliance expands to desert wheat venture Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    *UAE providing billions in cash, fuel, projects to Cairo. ABU DHABI/ CAIRO, Dec 5- Egypt and two companies from its strong backer United Arab Emirates have embarked on an ambitious plan to grow wheat in the desert that could boost the Cairo government's credibility if successful. As Egypt recovers from turmoil following the 2011 revolt that toppled Mubarak, Gulf...

  • Got synthetic milk? Scientists make dairy in a lab Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    The scientists at Muufri have bioengineered lab-grown cow's milk in attempt to address the environmental and ethical problems with dairy farming.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 4- Argentina's state bank has moved to bolster the country's reserves by reducing credit to soy farmers holding onto an estimated 8 million tonnes of last year's beans as a hedge against one of the world's highest inflation rates. Argentina is the No. 3 exporter of beans and the top supplier soymeal feed used to fatten up cattle and other...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 4- Private equity firm KKR& Co has invested about $100 million in UK- based agribusiness Sundrop Farms Holding Ltd, which plans to use solar panels and sea water to grow vegetables in a vast greenhouse in Australia's driest state. The two firms aimed to develop a hub for innovative techniques for arid climate agriculture, and KKR's investment would also...

  • Dec 3- The detection of avian influenza on two farms in British Columbia has spurred several Asian markets to restrict imports of Canadian poultry, a Canadian government spokesman said on Wednesday. South Korea has banned imports of Canadian chicks, Hong Kong and Taiwan have imposed trade restrictions on British Columbia poultry and poultry products, and...

  • South Korea has banned imports of Canadian chicks, Hong Kong and Taiwan have imposed trade restrictions on British Columbia poultry and poultry products, and Japan has imposed trade restrictions on British Columbia chicks as well as all Canadian poultry products, said Patrick Girard, spokesman for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in an email to Reuters.

  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of investments in China's Sinofert Holdings Ltd, Israel Chemicals, Jordan's Arab Potash Co PLC and Chile's SQM. Tilk said he is content with the influence Potash holds at Arab Potash and Sinofert. No decisions have been made, and Potash Corp would not act without consulting the...

  • Dec 3- Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's largest fertilizer producer, is sizing up its chances of gaining control of the four other fertilizer companies in which it holds minority stakes, Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk said on Wednesday. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan- based Potash Corp is reviewing its $4.5 billion worth of minority stakes in...

  • *Higher proportion of corn stocks now held by China. LONDON, Dec 3- Global grain stocks are heading for a 15- year high as the largest ever U.S. corn harvest enters its final stages, but the risk of food shortages persists as demand for meat and biofuel keeps rising. Cereal stocks have since been rebuilt and look set to climb to the highest level since the 1999/ 2000...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 3- Buyers of Canadian wheat are increasingly complaining about quality ever since Ottawa changed how its biggest crop is sold and inspected, raising the risk the world's third largest exporter will lose sales to rivals like the United States. In October, Singapore- based Prima Group found 850 kilograms of peas in a 25- tonne wheat shipment.

  • China slowdown is an opportunity: Huiyuan Juice  Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Zhu Xinli, Chairman at China Huiyuan Juice Group, the largest privately owned juice producer in the country, describes the firm's strategy amid the economy's structural adjustment.

  • Dec 2- Avian influenza, known as bird flu, has killed thousands of turkeys and chickens on two farms in the province of British Columbia, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday. Germany, the Netherlands and Britain reported cases last month of the highly pathogenic bird flu H5N8, which is similar to one that devastated poultry flocks in South Korea...

  • Elon Musk wants to hire...a farmer? Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 11:18 AM ET
    Elon Musk

    SpaceX has one job listing that stands out from the rest.