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  • 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...

  • Grain higher and livestock higher Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.4850 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $4.1025 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.15 a bushel; while Mar soybeans gained 8 cents at $10.4325 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 03 cent higher at $1.5585 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was...

  • Government sues to recover costs of sunken vessel Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal government is suing the owner of a 117- foot boat that sank in a commercial fishing port in Alaska and was cleaned up at public expense. KTUU-TV reports the government seeks $1.6 million from John Mehelich, who later appeared as a gold dredge captain on the Discovery Channel show "Bering Sea Gold." The 147- ton vessel sank in August 2009...

  • *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...

  • Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from drilling Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases. He called Bristol Bay one of the country's great natural resources and a massive economic engine. Bristol Bay has supported Native Americans in the Alaska region for centuries,...

  • 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...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 16- Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved U.S. imports of a type of genetically modified corn that has sparked lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. Syngenta will make an announcement about Chinese government approval of...

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.19 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.50 cents lower at $4.06 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1375 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 10 cents at $10.2950 a bushel. Feb live cattle was 2.8527 cents lower at $1.5890 pound; Jan feeder cattle was...

  • Dec 16- Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative, India's largest fertilizer producer, said it was suspending plans for a nitrogen fertilizer factory in Bécancour, Québec as its cost estimate exceeded C $2 billion. IFFCO and its Canadian partner La Coop fédérée, which had earlier estimated the project to cost C $1.6 billion, said they would look for partners...

  • Oil price decline is good for agriculture too!  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    Martin Richenhagen, CEO of AGCO, an agricultural machinery company discusses, how the falling price of oil is good for his company and how the sector must adapt to changing diets in emerging markets.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.0650 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $4.0950 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1250 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 9.25 cents at $10.38 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 27 cent lower at $1.6190 pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3.00...

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52- year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle— it's fish. And such tank systems can be placed almost anywhere— from Minnesota to Florida— because temperature and water quality can be controlled. Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 12- Syngenta AG expects to win Chinese government approval soon for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits over U.S. grain shipments rejected by Beijing, a company spokesman said on Friday. Syngenta, one of the world's largest seed companies, will make an announcement when it receives official documentation from...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 12- Syngenta AG, one of the world's largest seed companies, expects to win Chinese government approval "in the near future" for imports of a genetically modified corn that has been rejected by Beijing, a company spokesman said on Friday. Syngenta will make an announcement when it receives official documentation from China that Agrisure Viptera corn,...

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery gained 9 cents to $6.0650 a bushel; Mar corn was up 9 cents to 4.0750 a bushel; Mar oats rose 1 cent to $3.1250 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 5 cents to $10.4725 bushel. Feb live cattle was off. 40 cents to $1.6217 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3 cents lower at $2.2560 a...