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  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 23- China has approved imports of one of Argentina's genetically modified varieties of corn, Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera, Argentina's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. A source in the agriculture ministry said that China had previously authorized the import of other varieties of GMO corn, but that there had been few shipments to the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 23- U.S. farmland rents for 2015 are on track to be down 5 to 10 percent from the top fees of a year ago due to lower grain prices, but landowners remain stubborn about deeper cuts and some are adding clauses to boost revenue if grain prices bounce back. We are still seeing 5-10 percent down from the extreme tops in the really strong markets where cash rents...

  • The decline of pine: Plastic trees reign this year Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    With Christmas fast approaching it is likely that you have already made one of the season's most difficult decisions: real or artificial?

  • Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Hannah Parker, left, and Seth Cohen carry curbside compost bins to truck as town residents gathered at a town garage to distribute curbside composting bins to homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. on March 8, 2014.

    In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers.

  • Dec 22- Hong Kong said Monday it has suspended imports of certain U.S. poultry and poultry products because strains of avian influenza have been identified in the United States, marking the second foreign market to issue such a ban. No human cases involving either viral strain have been detected in the United States or Canada, and there are no immediate public...

  • BEIJING/ CHICAGO, Dec 22- China has officially approved imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the centre of a string of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments, seed maker Syngenta AG said on Monday, ending uncertainty after a five-year review. Beijing has been taking longer than in the past to approve new biotech crops amidst growing consumer sentiment...

  • BEIJING, Dec 22- China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified corn seed at the center of a string of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments, seed firm Syngenta AG said on Monday, ending uncertainty after a five-year review. Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera corn strain has been under scrutiny since late last year, when China rejected over a million...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 19- China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience soybean variety after seven years of review, the company said on Friday, raising expectations that approval notices will come soon for other biotech crops. Bayer received an import certificate from China, the world's top soybean importer, for its LL55 Liberty...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 19- China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience soybean variety after seven years of review, the company said on Friday, raising expectations that approval notices will come soon for other grains. Bayer received an import certificate from China for its LL55 Liberty Link soybean, which is engineered to help...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19- Argentine farmers will increase protests ahead of presidential elections in October 2015 to push candidates toward reforming policies that growers say are killing their profits, said Omar Principe, the new head of one of the country's main farm groups. Principe, named head of the Argentina Agrarian Federation earlier this month, said...

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay legal settlements, said some lawyers for U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, ends uncertainty about Agrisure Viptera...

  • CME Group imposes rare halt on wheat futures trading Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Dec 18- CME Group Inc briefly halted electronic trading in U.S. wheat futures overnight on Thursday after prices sank 1.6 percent in one second as concerns about Russian export curbs roiled the market. CME Group stopped trading in the most-active Chicago Board of Trade March wheat contract at 3:49: 37 a.m. CST, company spokesman Chris Grams said.

  • EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    *Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine could also benefit. PARIS, Dec 18- European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said. "At current prices, it's clearly European wheat that will benefit," Andree...

  • *China allows imports of Syngenta corn MIR 162. BEIJING/ CHICAGO, Dec 18- China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack...

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay settlements to more than 100 U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing, lawyers said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who cited talks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 17- Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said on Wednesday. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50...

  • *Egypt says confident Russia will honour contracts. MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia, one of the world's main wheat exporters, is taking steps to restrict grain exports in an attempt to cool domestic prices, as it tackles a financial crisis linked to plunging oil prices and Western sanctions. A Russian grain exporters' lobby-- the National Association of Exporters of...

  • Dec 16- The United States has not received official notification from China of approval for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, a U.S. government spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday. Syngenta has said it will make an announcement about Chinese government approval when the company receives...

  • California's terrifying water deficit Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    Recent storms have not brought anywhere near enough water for California to recover from drought, according to NASA.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A White House task force on Tuesday issued proposals to tighten the grip on the illegal global seafood trade, which the group said causes billions of dollars in losses to the legal fishing industry annually. Under the plan, the United States would create a program to trace seafood entering its ports from the source to the shelves, to prevent...