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  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.2325 a bushel; September corn was 2.50 cents higher at $3.74 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.69 a bushel; while November soybeans were 16.50 cents higher at 9.7250 a bushel. August live cattle was 1.97 cents...

  • This satellite may change farming forever Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:34 AM ET
    Sentinel-2A at IABG’s facilities in Ottobrunn, Germany in February 2015, before being packed up and shipped to French Guiana for launch.

    Europe’s multi-billion dollar earth-monitoring program could be a game changer for food production, experts say.

  • June 24- Monsanto Co's efforts to expand its agrichemical interests beyond what has long been its bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business were underscored on Wednesday by news the company plans to invest potentially more than $1 billion in a production facility for an alternative herbicide. Monsanto officials expect to spend the money over the...

  • USDA head: California drought has silver lining Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California.

    As the USDA invests $150 million in relief of California, Tom Vilsack said there may be a silver lining to the situation.

  • Farming with 95% less water—in Newark, New Jersey Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    Vertical farming at AeroFarms.

    Using 95% less water and half the fertilizer of traditional farming, vertical farms bring sustainable produce to cities.

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, said on Wednesday that it would still pursue an acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG, which has rebuffed talks about its $45 billion offer, even as it warned of market challenges. Executives at Monsanto, which also reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, said they hoped for a friendly deal to...

  • $150 million California drought investment Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:21 AM ET
    $150 million California drought investment

    Former Iowa Gov. and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, (D), discusses efforts to preserve water resources in California.

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter on Wednesday but warned of market challenges ahead, and said it continues to pursue the acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as its popular Roundup...

  • June 24- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported a better-than-expected profit for the third quarter on Wednesday, and said it continues to pursue the acquisition of Swiss rival Syngenta AG. Monsanto, known for its genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as its popular Roundup herbicide, said for the quarter it made $1.14...

  • Ag giants look to plant a seed to fight the drought Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    Assistant farm manager Matt Wiggeim inspects a Syngenta AG Golden Harvest brand hybrid seed corn seedling in a field in Princeton, Illinois.

    As Monsanto looks to take over Syngenta, the focus is being placed increasingly on R&D for seeds and drought.

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical that is a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • Before Monday, USDA had received comments from more than 74,000 "signatories," said spokesman Richard Bell. The groups signing onto the recommendations include the National Family Farm Coalition, the Organic Consumers Association, Clif Bar& Co, Nature's Path and 34 other organizations. Currently, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service can grant...

  • *Texas, Oklahoma battered by floods last month. The storms inundated fields across Texas and Oklahoma but they broke a years-long drought that wreaked havoc on the profitability of growers and cattlemen. "The thing that differentiates it from all other natural hazards is the fact that it covers such a wide swath or spatial extent," said Don Willhite,...

  • The USDA has said it is considering changes to the way it regulates biotech crops and set a public comment period that expires today. The USDA never finalized that proposal and withdrew it earlier this year. The groups signing onto the recommendations include the National Family Farm Coalition, the Organic Consumers Association, Clif Bar& Co, Nature's Path and...

  • Farm in the city Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Farm in the city

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on new projects rethinking agriculture.

  • One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Corn and soy crops

    Despite contending with drought, bird flu and flooding in the last year, agribusiness giant Cargill is seen weathering the storm.

  • Vertical farming: Disrupting agriculture Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    Vertical farming: Disrupting agriculture

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on how new technology and big data are driving the viability of vertical farming.

  • SCOTUS rules in favor of raisin farmer Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:41 AM ET
    SCOTUS rules in favor of raisin farmer

    A California raisin farmer has been fighting the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over a decade on whether his raisin crop is property. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on the decision by SCOTUS.

  • Vertical farming: The next big thing for food Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    Vertical farming: The next big thing for food

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan takes a look inside AeroFarms, located in Newark, New Jersey. The company is about to start growing two million pounds of lettuce inside a former industrial site.