• PRETORIA, Aug 26- South Africa avoided slipping into recession in the second quarter as solid growth in agriculture and finance outweighed a plunge in production in the strike-hit mining sector, data showed on Tuesday.

  • Bumper crop: Farmers may be selling corn at a loss Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    After corn prices peaked during a 2012 drought, this year's record harvest has pushed prices to lows and forced farmers to postpone purchases.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5450 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.25 cents lower at $3.6225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5150 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 7.50 cents to $10.2175 a bushel.

  • Aug 25- A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

  • Law on genetically modified crops ruled invalid Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    HONOLULU— A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October.

  • *Corn retreats on forecast of record crop. Aug 25- Chicago corn futures fell on Monday after two straight days of gains while soybeans slid to a contract low on forecasts of record crops in the United States. Chicago Board of Trade new crop December corn fell 1.3 percent or 4-3/ 4 cents to $3.66-3/ 4 a bushel by 9:36 a.m. CDT.

  • Grain lower, beef and pork higher Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 7.75 cents to $5.5450 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.75 cents lower at 3.6675 a bushel; Dec oats were down 3.75 cents to $3.5150 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 12.75 cents to $10.2925 a bushel.

  • Edible insects a boon to Thailand's farmers Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand— Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence.

  • De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80 Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    PARIS— Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She died Friday in a Paris "from the effects of a serious operation", winemaker Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA said in a statement, without specifying further.

  • Chocoholics: Your fix in Asia could get pricier Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 5:53 AM ET

    Asia's newly minted chocoholics are tempting sweets-makers, but challenges range from different cultural tastes to the region driving up cocoa prices.

  • Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    CASSOPOLIS, Mich.— A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan. The workers are mostly from Texas and were hired in 2012 to work in Cass County.

  • *Pro Farmer sees bigger U.S. corn crop than USDA. CHICAGO, Aug 22- Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest.

  • Grain higher, livestock mostly higher Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5550 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.25 cents higher at $3.7225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.4825 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.75 cents to $10.43 a bushel.

  • Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    MOLINE, Ill.— Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday that the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Asian feed grain importers expect an influx of cheap feed wheat from Ukraine and France as heavy rain in Europe damages the quality of crops, leaving them fit for only animal consumption.

  • New go-to career for New England's young: Farming Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 1:31 AM ET

    CRANSTON, R.I.— Farming is hip in New England. Farmers and industry experts agree New England is bucking a trend toward larger, but fewer, farms because many of its residents want to buy their food locally and its entrepreneurs want to produce it.

  • Russian import bans a boon for food tycoons Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 22- In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the tit-for-tat sanctions.

  • Fracking vs. farming     Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Tensions are mounting between ranchers and farmers, and the oil and gas industry, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan.

  • BOGOTA, Aug 21- Colombia's 2015 arabica coffee crop faces little risk of damage from dry weather even if an El Nino weather anomaly occurs early next year, according to the chief agronomist at the farmer-funded Federation of Coffee Growers.

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 4.25 cents higher at $5.5425 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents higher at $3.71 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3950 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 2 cents to $10.40 a bushel.