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  • *Third-quarter profit $0.38/ share vs est. Oct 23- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan cut the top end of its full-year earnings forecast range and the company reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as income fell from its overseas investments. Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market value, said average realized price for potash fell 9...

  • The company's investments in potash companies in Jordan, Israel and Chile accounted for 8 percent of its profit in the third quarter, down from 24 percent a year earlier. Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market value, narrowed its 2014 forecast profit to $1.75- $1.85 per share from $1.70- $1.90, citing a reduction in estimated income from...

  • Oct 23,- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc's net income fell 11 percent, hurt by lower contributions from overseas investments and higher income tax. The company said its investments in potash companies in Jordan, Israel and Chile contributed $24 million to third-quarter earnings, compared with $85 million a year earlier. Net income fell to $317 million, or 38...

  • Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 AM ET

    DENVER— Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to defeat Proposition 105. The real money is coming from...

  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide's active ingredients, 2,4- D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide. "They did not do an adequate job," said Andrew Kimbrell, an attorney with...

  • Regulators consider future of Maine shrimp fishery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators are gathering findings to determine if there will be a commercial season for the Gulf of Maine's northern shrimp next year. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Technical Committee is meeting in Portland on Wednesday to update the status of the shrimp stock. The commission's Northern Shrimp...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock higher Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.1925 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.5450 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.51 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 7.75 cents to $9.72 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 75 cent higher at $1.6780 pound; Oct feeder...

  • UPDATE 2-Yara shares fall as profit misses expectations Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 22- Shares in Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara- still reeling from failed merger talks with CF Industries- fell more than 4 percent on Wednesday after it reported quarterly profit below market expectations. Yara's core profit rose 24 percent in the third quarter but slightly missed analysts' forecasts. The Yara stock was among the worst performers on...

  • 7 industries at greatest risk from climate change Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    Some big global industries have a lot at stake due to climate change. Their profitability, and very survival, may depend on it.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 21- With rain delaying the U.S. harvest and domestic and export use of crops strong, the squeeze on storage space in the world's biggest food exporter is not as bad as many feared, a top grain market analyst said on Tuesday. But the fact that we are stretching harvest out means that every day you are consuming another 70 million bushels, " Darrel Good,...

  • Honeybees get stung by California's severe drought Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Gene Brandi of Gene Brandi Apiaries carries a bee hive in Los Banos, California.

    The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on honeybees and beekeepers, while reducing honey supplies and threatening crops.

  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    "I think that many members of Congress have been shocked that children are suffering nicotine poisoning from working in U.S. tobacco fields," said Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch's children's rights advocacy director. Philip Morris International, which limits the type of work children can do on tobacco farms, says it would like to see stronger U.S. regulations in...

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.1350 a bushel; Dec corn was 5.75 cents higher at $3.54 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5050 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gianed 11.75 cents to $9.56 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 83 cent higher at $1.6885 pound; Oct feeder cattle...

  • 'Drought' beer: California breweries hit dry times Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    "Beer has to have water," says the manager of one brewery, who noted that a typical can of beer is 92 percent water.

  • California's drought: Getting grimmer, say experts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    A footbridge spans a dry river bed in Porterville, Calif.

    Hopes that winter rains would help ease California's drought appear to be going by the wayside, according to forecasts. The outlook looks grim.

  • Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011, claiming it illegally refused to...

  • New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data...

  • Grain mixed, beef higher and pork lower Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 2.50 cents to $5.1350 a bushel; Dec corn was. 25 cent higher at 3.4825 a bushel; Dec oats rose 2.75 cents to $3.5050 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 7.50 cents to $9.4425 a bushel. Dec live cattle rose 2.97 cents to $1.6802 a pound; Nov feeder cattle was 2.67 cents...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 20- Australia's government is looking at investing in nearly 30 irrigation schemes and reigniting a long-stalled program of dam building to combat growing water shortages constraining agricultural production. Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial...

  • Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial and environmental constraints meant it has not built a major new dam in decades. Australia is considering some level of investment in 28 potential projects, with six irrigation projects in Tasmania and Victoria seen as the most...