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  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • New trail connects visitors to Virginia oysters Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state's aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state's oyster industry.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.5425 a bushel; Dec corn was 2 cents lower at $3.6950 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.39 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 9.25 cents to $10.4850 a bushel.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, will lose 15 percent of its grain crop in the violence-hit regions of the country's east, a spokesman for Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 19- Ukraine is losing 15 percent of its 2014 grains crop due to fighting with pro- Moscow separatists in its eastern regions and Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. He was speaking during a meeting with farmers in the Cherkasy region in central Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • USDA says Nebraska crops make good progress Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    The USDA says farmers in central Nebraska were able to reduce irrigation last week because healthy amounts of rain fell. In eastern Nebraska, cooler weather slowed crop development while warmer temperatures in western Nebraska helped dry more hay. The USDA estimated that 70 percent of both the corn and soybean crops are in good or excellent condition.

  • Australian farmers hamstrung by scotching weather Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 PM ET

    When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and keep the remainder alive.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 19- When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.5125 a bushel; Dec corn was 3 cents lower at $3.74 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.34 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 2.50 cents to $10.4950 a bushel.

  • EU pledges $168m to offset Russia sanctions cost Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Commission is pledging 125 million euros to assist fruit and vegetable producers hit by Russia's ban on food imports from the 28- nation bloc. Russia's ban on EU food imports this month coincided with the harvesting season and led to a supply glut that is weighing on prices and causing losses for producers.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 18- Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. Wheat currently sells at around $5 per bushel.

  • Hemp homecoming: Rebirth sprouts in Kentucky Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Researchers and farmers are producing the first legal hemp crop in generations in Kentucky, where hemp has turned into a political cause decades after it was banned by the federal government.

  • Deere to lay off 600 employees at Midwest sites Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    MOLINE, Ill.— Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • Aug 15- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, said it would indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at plants in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas as falling grain prices hurt demand for tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- A research study has shown for the first time that livestock feed can carry a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd, the study's lead author said, confirming suspicions among farmers and veterinarians battling outbreaks.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- Farmland prices in the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt states were steady to higher in the second quarter despite lower grain profits as crop prices fell, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

  • UFW fires back: Union takes aim at peach farmer Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 PM ET
    Dan Gerawan

    The union says rather than abandoning the farm, it has worked at various times over the years to try to negotiate a contract.

  • Illinois company is latest to test market for carp Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    "The government wants this fish removed in large volumes, and this is the way to do it," said Gray Magee, chief executive of the company, which began processing the carp in April atop a bluff near Grafton, a tiny tourist hamlet perched along the banks where the Mississippi and Illinois rivers meet.

  • UPDATE 1-EU seeks to take sting out of Russia food ban Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 14- The European Commission will announce more help for EU fruit and vegetable producers early next week to try to stave off a price collapse after Russia's ban on most Western food imports.