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  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Wednesday, 20 Aug 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 $5.5850 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.75 cents lower at $3.6650 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3975 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 8.25 cents to $10.4450 a bushel.

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA AVERAGE SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,103.26 PODS IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, DOWN FROM 1,138.94 LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 1,106.62 PODS.

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA CORN YIELD AT 163.77 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 154.93 BPA LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 146.81.

  • Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others, seeking niche business opportunities to offset a downturn in demand for their consumer electronics, are touting automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields that ensure constant conditions to produce high-quality vegetables all year-round.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • New trail connects visitors to Virginia oysters Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state's aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state's oyster industry.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5425 a bushel; Dec corn was 2 cents lower at $3.6950 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.39 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 9.25 cents to $10.4850 a bushel.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, will lose 15 percent of its grain crop in the violence-hit regions of the country's east, a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine is losing 15 percent of its 2014 grains crop due to fighting with pro- Moscow separatists in its eastern regions and Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. He was speaking during a meeting with farmers in the Cherkasy region in central Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • USDA says Nebraska crops make good progress Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    The USDA says farmers in central Nebraska were able to reduce irrigation last week because healthy amounts of rain fell. In eastern Nebraska, cooler weather slowed crop development while warmer temperatures in western Nebraska helped dry more hay. The USDA estimated that 70 percent of both the corn and soybean crops are in good or excellent condition.

  • Australian farmers hamstrung by scotching weather Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and keep the remainder alive.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 19- When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 18- Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. Wheat currently sells at around $5 per bushel.

  • Aug 15- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, said it would indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at plants in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas as falling grain prices hurt demand for tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- A research study has shown for the first time that livestock feed can carry a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd, the study's lead author said, confirming suspicions among farmers and veterinarians battling outbreaks.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- Farmland prices in the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt states were steady to higher in the second quarter despite lower grain profits as crop prices fell, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

  • UFW fires back: Union takes aim at peach farmer Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    Dan Gerawan

    The union says rather than abandoning the farm, it has worked at various times over the years to try to negotiate a contract.

  • UPDATE 1-EU seeks to take sting out of Russia food ban Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The European Commission will announce more help for EU fruit and vegetable producers early next week to try to stave off a price collapse after Russia's ban on most Western food imports.