*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.» Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world market, but a wet summer has meant France is set to produce more wheat for animal feed and less higher grade bread-making grain this year.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 21- Canadian farmers are on course to produce less wheat and canola than expected, according to Statistics Canada's first report on the 2014 harvest. "I think the trade is going to view this report as fairly friendly," said Dave Reimann, market analyst for Cargill Ltd's grain marketing services division.
Jerry Gulke, Gulke Group, and Bob McCan, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, weigh in on how beef and corn prices are impacting the commodities market and the consumer.
CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at what record high beef prices, a bumper corn crop, and specially-grown watermelons and pumpkins means for consumers.
*China stepping up checks on U.S. sorghum cargoes- traders. The move comes after China has already rejected more than 1 million tonnes of U.S. corn due to the presence of genetically modified strain that has not been approved by Beijing.
LOS BANOS, Calif.— California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey, raising prices for consumers and making it harder for beekeepers to earn a living.
SPENCER, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday estimated western Iowa's corn yield at 177.48 to 180.90 bushels per acre, above tour estimate of 160.12 to 175.65 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 146.77 to 170.72, according to data provided by the tour.
CORALVILLE, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday projected Illinois' corn yield at a record of 196.96 bushels per acre, up from the tour average of 170.48 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 149.36, according to data provided by the tour.
SAO PAULO, Aug 20- Thrust by tragedy into the center of Brazil's presidential race, environmentalist Marina Silva is riding a groundswell of anti-establishment anger but her chances hinge on expanding her coalition and winning over mainstream voters and business leaders.
BRASILIA, Aug 20- Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12- year hold on power.
Aug 20- Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more orthodox, business-friendly approach than leftist President Dilma Rousseff has taken.
Earlier this month, Russia banned all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the United States, the European Union, Norway, Canada, and Australia for one year to retaliate again sanctions slapped on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5850 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.75 cents lower at $3.6650 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3975 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 8.25 cents to $10.4450 a bushel.
PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA AVERAGE SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,103.26 PODS IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, DOWN FROM 1,138.94 LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 1,106.62 PODS.
PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA CORN YIELD AT 163.77 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 154.93 BPA LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 146.81.