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  • California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Moving to meet voluntary water conservation targets, dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless California drought, officials said. California cities and businesses have also been ordered...

  • June 2- Kraft Foods Group Inc and Mondelez International Inc petitioned a judge to dismiss two counts in a case filed by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that alleged the companies manipulated wheat prices. The CFTC in April accused Kraft Foods and Mondelez of making massive bets in Chicago's futures markets in late 2011 as part of a plot to drive...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 1- Global Grain Group, which is taking control of grain handler CWB, has agreed to acquire a long-term lease at Port Metro Vancouver, paving the way for the first new grain terminal in nearly 50 years at Canada's busiest port, according to a source familiar with the matter. The high-efficiency grain terminal would cost roughly C $500 million...

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. At least 120 farmers in the delta east of San Francisco had filed...

  • New California water rules fall short: Scientists Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 4:34 PM ET
    The remnants of a marina are seen at the New Melones Lake reservoir east of Stockton, California, which is now at less than 20 percent capacity.

    California's new urban water use rules go into effect Monday, but the state must do more to prepare for the "new normal," a group of scientists say.

  • Don Young, R- Alaska, would remove a 10- year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits. Rob Bishop, R- Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the vote "a win for the consumer, a win for the industry that puts food on our tables...

  • Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone said in a note to clients. Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat for July delivery settled up 16-3/ 4 cents at $4.93-3/ 4 a bushel. K.C. July hard red winter wheat futures were 15-1/ 2 cents higher at $5.14-1/ 4 a bushel and MGEX July spring wheat was 17-1/ 4 cents higher at $5.48 a bushel.

  • June 1- Foster Farms, one of the top U.S. chicken producers, plans to largely eliminate antibiotics used to treat humans from its poultry production, it said on Monday. The move brings California- based Foster Farms in line with other top chicken producers, including market leader Tyson Foods Inc, that are backing away from using the drugs over concerns about...

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.77 a bushel; July corn was 1.50 cents higher at $3.53 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.34 a bushel; while July soybeans lost 2 cents to 9.32 a bushel. August live cattle was. 08 cents higher at $1.5135 a pound; August feeder cattle...

  • *Electronic transactions cut deal completion times to hours. LONDON, June 1- Commodity traders and banks are breaking with centuries of paper trails to embrace electronic trade finance, helping to speed up deals and increase transparency. "The industry is remarkably outdated in terms of the speed to which it adapts to technologies," said Matt Shellabear, who...

  • Could virus make the leap from birds to people? Saturday, 30 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET
    Lacey Kurth, a research associate, works with avian influenza test samples during testing in the real-time analytical diagnostics lab at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa.

    There have only been four flu pandemics since the start of the 20th century, yet concerns are widening about the potential for a new outbreak.

  • Agribusiness nervous as WHO analyzes pesticide Friday, 29 May 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    2.4-D weed killer to be reviewed for link to Cancer at the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) meeting in June.

    The WHO's analysis of pesticide 2,4-D comes after the group classified another herbicide as "probably" cancer-causing.

  • Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer will analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4- D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto...

  • Texas farmers facing 'total loss for this year' Friday, 29 May 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Farm irrigation equipment stands idle in the flooded fields after a storm dropped 2 inches of rain on Raymondville, Texas.

    Farms across Texas and surrounding states are flooded and waterlogged, leaving farmers who had been looking at bumper crops now worried.

  • The great insect invasion of 2015 Friday, 29 May 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Cotton boll weevil

    Much-needed rains have brought relief to drought-stricken states, especially in the South and West, but they'll be a boon to insects, too.

  • Twenty-four scientists representing WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer are set to analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4- D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in...

  • *EPA cuts ethanol quotas, raises biodiesel targets. *Soyoil surge lifts soybeans, corn slumps on EPA news. The EPA on Friday unveiled much-anticipated targets for the blending of renewable fuels into motor fuel for the three years to 2016, trimming ethanol quotas for this year and next but raising targets for biomass-based diesel.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Mexican fieldworkers lured through a guest worker program to do sweaty, back-aching work in Kentucky tobacco fields were paid far less than their guaranteed wages and lived in rat-infested housing, according to federal lawsuits against a half-dozen farmers. Three separate lawsuits filed this week in Kentucky allege numerous abuses of the...

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.8875 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.5375 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.40 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.50 cents to 9.3050 a bushel. August live cattle was unchanged at $1.5275 a pound; August feeder...

  • Why these farmers are dumping unprofitable apples Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET
    A record crop of apples in Washington State has forced growers to dump their surplus.

    A record crop of apples is taking a toll on apple growers in the northwestern state of Washington.