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  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    Chris Smith said China was prematurely upgraded to Tier 2 in 2014, and singled out Myanmar, also known as Burma, Malaysia and Thailand as countries that need to do more to fight human trafficking across shared borders. Matthew Smith, who directs Thailand- based Fortify Rights, a nongovernment group, testified that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are...

  • Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. Scientists in Sweden were able to conduct a study that was in the wild, but still had the in-the-lab qualities of having control groups that...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts Wednesday that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the goal is to help boost overall market prices. Two California farmers claim the program is prohibited by the Constitution, which forbids the taking of private property without "just compensation."

  • Another effect of California's drought: Mosquitoes Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    California prepares itself for mosquito season as the drought persists.

    California may be dry, but water-breeding mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, still may have another big year in 2015.

  • Grain lower, livestock lower Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.0025 a bushel; July corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.7825 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6350 a bushel; while July soybeans was 8.25 cents lower at 9.6850 a bushel. June live cattle was. 82 cent lower at $1.4590 a pound; August...

  • US poultry exports plunge with avian flu scare Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    U.S. exports of poultry dropped sharply in February amid scares of the avian flu outbreak. The USDA reduced its forecast for exports in 2015.

  • CHICAGO, April 22- Farmers in the central U.S. grain and livestock states continued to take out new operating loans in the first quarter of 2015 as low grain prices failed to cover high costs for seed, rents and crop chemicals ahead of spring field work, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday. Corn prices set record highs in 2012 amid the biofuels...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union started legislative work on Wednesday that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28- nation bloc. Wednesday's proposal by the EU Commission will go to the European Parliament and the member states for further discussion.

  • *U.S. wants Europe to open up to GMs as part of free trade deal. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even after they have been approved for use in food and feed by the bloc as a whole. The proposal risks upsetting trading partners,...

  • Bird flu outbreak spreading   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Bird flu outbreak spreading

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell on the latest news in the bird flu outbreak.

  • BANGKOK— Thai officials said they were rushing to crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing in a bid to avoid the European Union's threat to ban seafood import from the country. The EU on Tuesday gave Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, six months to drastically combat illegal and unregulated fishing or face a seafood import ban.

  • With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. The USDA would then provide that seed strain to drug manufacturers if the agency ultimately decides the vaccine is necessary to stop avian influenza.

  • Up to now, the USDA has said it would prefer not to allow farmers to vaccinate their flocks, as doing so could prompt wider import bans on U.S. poultry and eggs in the $5.7 billion export market. The USDA has been working to develop a vaccine that would protect chickens and turkeys from this highly contagious strain of flu. The outbreak has dragged on longer than...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • Bird flu: Time to worry? Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    A file photo of a poultry farm.

    Avian flu is proving economically painful, especially in Iowa and Wisconsin, but scientists say the danger may not extend to human health.

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.9825 a bushel; July corn was 4.50 cents lower at $3.8025 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6675 a bushel; while July soybeans was 5 cents lower at 9.7450 a bushel. June live cattle was. 03 cent higher at $1.4590 a pound; August...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action against South Korea and the Philippines. EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that Thailand, the third-largest seafood exporter, was given a...

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
    Chicken farm

    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.