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  • BOGOTA, May 15- Colombia will suspend aerial fumigation of illegal coca plants in light of a number of studies linking the herbicide used to cancer, a move which marks the end of a decades-long strategy in the country's fight against drug trafficking. Colombia, which produces some 300 tonnes of cocaine per year, has fumigated illicit coca crops for two decades...

  • Bird flu spreads across America's farmland   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET
    Bird flu spreads across America's farmland

    Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have declared a state of emergency regarding bird flu. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on containing the virus.

  • Midwest egg price surge   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET
    Midwest egg price surge

    Discussing rising food costs as the bird flu spreads across the Midwest, with Thomas Elam, FarmEcon President, and Simon Shane, Poultry Industry consultant.

  • Bird flu hits food prices hard—and may hit harder Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm in Iowa.

    As avian flu ravages the Midwest, more than 8 percent of the 300 million-plus U.S. layer hen population has disappeared in a month.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A California appeals court sided with one of the largest fruit farms in the nation, ruling that a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts was unconstitutional. However, the 5th District Court of Appeal said Thursday it does not clearly state the standards that the contracts are supposed to achieve.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.1425 a bushel; July corn was 2.50 cents lower at $3.6550 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4750 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 1 cent to 9.58 a bushel. June live cattle was unchanged at $1.5380 a pound; August feeder cattle...

  • Where's the meat? In the veggies: Impossible Foods

    Patrick Brown, Impossible Foods CEO, explains how the company is disrupting the global food market by using biochemistry to trick plants into producing the same protein as meat. This innovative method helped land Impossible Foods at #42 on CNBC's Disruptor 50 2015 list.

  • For Modi's government, storm brewing in rural India Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:44 PM ET

    India's Prime Minister Modi is being blamed for not doing enough for the troubled farm sector, which sustains three-fifths of the population.

  • Nebraska declares state of emergency over bird flu Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:06 PM ET
    Avian Bird Flu

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday over the rapidly spreading avian flu.

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Prices for prime crop land in the central Corn Belt held up better than other regions in the first quarter, but the outlook for low grain prices looked likely to pressure land values and farm incomes further in coming months, according to Federal Reserve quarterly surveys of farm bankers issued on Thursday. But it said a jump in farmland values in...

  • Bird flu winners & losers   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:53 PM ET
    Bird flu stocks to watch

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan looks at all the socks impacted by the outbreak of bird flu.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 14- Richardson International, one of Canada's largest grain handlers, is seeking expansion in the United States through acquisitions worth C $100 million to as much as C $2 billion, its chief executive said on Thursday. Richardson, which now owns two U.S. mills, is interested in Andersons Inc and private companies Bartlett and Scoular, as...

  • Testing for bird flu   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:16 PM ET
    Testing for bird flu

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan goes inside the Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center, to find out how dead birds are tested for bird flu, and handled.

  • Bees are still mysteriously dying at a huge rate Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:22 AM ET
    A bee keeper inspects movable frame hives.

    Beekeepers lost huge numbers of bees last year, and scientists still do not know why.

  • Bird flu hits Iowa hard   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    Bird flu hits Iowa hard

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports that poultry farmers in Iowa are being hit extremely hard by the bird flu. So far, more than 50 percent of Iowa's breaker egg production has been impacted.

  • Bird flu getting egg-pensive!   Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:42 AM ET
    Bird flu getting egg-pensive!

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports bird flu continues to escalate in the Midwest and that is sending egg prices higher.

  • Honeybee losses in US soar over last year: USDA Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:12 PM ET

    Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a USDA report.

  • Ex-banker wants you to try the 'Kobe beef of pork' Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    A Mangalitsa pig

    Former Wall Street financier Chris Andersen has spent a lifetime raising money on Wall Street. Now he's raising pigs.

  • Rancher wars are back...over California water Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Workers install a new drill pipe in search of water at a farm near Mendota, Calif.

    In parched California, there's talk of measuring water use better in year four of the drought. But there's resistance.

  • SINGAPORE, May 13- China's biggest grain trader has taken its next step to developing a major competitor to the traditional' Big 4' global agribusiness giants, ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus. Through a joint venture with sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp, COFCO will merge its majority holdings in Dutch trader Nidera and Noble Agri into a new entity,...