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  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at 6.355 cents a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents lower at $4.12 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.09 a bushel; while Mar soybeans were unchanged at $10.4575 a bushel. Feb live cattle was unchanged at $1.6060 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was. 97...

  • UPDATE 2-Russia's grain exports stop - farm lobby Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    *About 3 mln T of grain are now stuck in Russia- Union. *Wheat futures rise on Russia export curbs. Russia's main wheat buyers are Turkey, Iran and, very vulnerable to supply disruption, Egypt.

  • Russia may fail to supply wheat to Egypt's GASC in Jan Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 24- Russia may fail to supply wheat to Egypt's GASC, the state buyer of the world's largest wheat importer, in January due to export curbs, Russia's Grain Union head Arkady Zlochevsky told reporters on Wednesday. Russia, expected to be the world's fourth-largest exporter this year with the largest buyers in Turkey and Egypt, had been exporting record...

  • 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?

  • Grain higher, cattle lower, pork higher Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery rose 6.75 cents to $6.325 a bushel; Mar corn was 1.75 cents higher at $4.135 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.0975 a bushel; while Mar soybeans gained 6.25 cents to $10.52 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent lower at $1.6072 a pound; Mar feeder cattle...

  • 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.

  • Thai farm workers may not get any of $8.7M award Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:36 PM ET

    HONOLULU— A federal judge has ruled that a California- based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money. Mordechai Orian, former president of Global Horizons, said Monday that the Los Angeles company is no longer in business and has no...

  • 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...

  • Grain mixed and livestock higher Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.3225 a bushel; Mar corn was. 50 cent higher at $4.11 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1050 a bushel; while Mar soybeans gained. 50 cent at $10.39 a bushel. Feb live cattle was 1.10 cents higher at $1.6120 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was. 78...

  • 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...

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week's announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving Communist regimes. Their more ambitious plans would require that Congress lift the U.S. embargo on most exports to Cuba. All that said, Cuba experts have a...

  • Officials OK perks for Iowa vegetable oil plant Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa— State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county property taxes through 2024, the Sioux City...

  • 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...

  • Grain lower and livestock higher Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.5525 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $4.0825 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1625 a bushel; while Mar soybeans were unchanged at $10.4325 a bushel. Feb live cattle was 1.78 cent higher at $1.6030 a pound; Jan feeder...

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. Major U.S. farm groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, as well as leading agribusinesses such as Cargill Inc., have long advocated normalized trade relations with Cuba, a market of 11 million consumers just 90 miles off U.S. shores.