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  • March 14- Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on Friday because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus which has tightened hog supplies, industry sources said.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, March 5- Palm oil futures are set to climb for a second year, driven by crop damaging dry weather and Indonesia's higher biodiesel mandate, although bumper global oilseed supplies and weak demand from key consumers could cap gains.

  • Cuban sugar harvest falters; foreign investment sought Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    HAVANA, March 4- For the third consecutive year Cuba's reorganized sugar industry is failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure on the government to open up the once proud sector to foreign investment. But the harvest is 20 percent behind schedule, sugar reporter Juan Varela Perez wrote recently in Granma, the Communist Party daily.

  • FACTBOX-Wilmar lays out 'green code' for suppliers Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Feb 20- Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor, has written to hundreds of suppliers urging them to stop clearing rainforests and peatlands. The Singapore- listed firm has given its entire supply chain until end-2015 to comply with its "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" policy.

  • *New Zealand's sheepmeat trade to China up fivefold to $550 mln. WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Feb 7- At a sprawling plant run by New Zealand's biggest meat processor, rows of lamb carcasses hang from meathooks on their way to a cutting room to be chopped, trimmed and shipped out in increasing quantities to China.

  • Swine virus could shrink pork supply: Tyson Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    Tyson Foods said it expects pork supplies to drop 2-4 percent this fiscal year, raising wholesale prices, as a pig virus spreads.

  • Jan 31- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, said on Friday it expects pork supplies to drop 2 to 4 percent this fiscal year, raising wholesale prices, as a deadly pig virus spreads through the U.S. hog belt. The U.S. hog herd stood at 65.9 million head as of December 2013, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed.

  • *First-quarter earnings/shr $0.72 vs est $0.63. Jan 31- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, reported first-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations, helped by higher chicken and beef sales. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $254 million, or 72 cents per share, from $173 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Jan 31- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, posted a 47 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by a rise in sales of chicken and beef. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $254 million, or 72 cents per share, from $173 million, or 49 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 5 percent to $8.76 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 28.

  • Fonterra: N.Z. will launch an investigation     Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 10:50 PM ET

    Tim Groser, trade minister of New Zealand. speaks exclusively to CNBC's Cash Flow about the Fonterra botulism scare.

  • Biting into the BLT economy     Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 10:52 AM ET

    Iceburg lettuce prices have come to a head, says CNBC's Jane Wells, following a story that may affect your favorite sandwich.

  • Smithfield Deal: Politics vs. Pork     Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 2:35 PM ET

    Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope defended his company's $4.7 billion sale to China's Shanghui international on Capitol Hill. Criticism of the deal led one Republican senator to suggest that Smitfield was "a victim of a Communist Chinese plot." CNBC's Jane Wells filed this report.

  • Can Agriculture Stocks Grow?     Friday, 24 May 2013 | 4:53 PM ET

    How the agriculture business may perform this summer, with Brian Stutland of Stutland Volatility Group.

  • Farmland Prices: Is the Bubble About to Burst? Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | 3:58 PM ET

    Excess cash plus easy access to credit is driving up land values across the Midwest, stoking fears that a farmland bubble is building that may soon burst. USA Today reports.

  • Supreme Court Appears to Defend Patent on Soybean Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 9:33 AM ET
    FILE - In this June 28, 2011 file photo, bottles of Roundup herbicide, a product of Monsanto, are displayed on a store shelf, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    The case, over a farmer who reproduced and saved seeds patented by Monsanto, questions whether natural replication can constitute patent infringement. The NYT reports.

  • Findus Beef Lasagne found to contain 60 percent horse meat.

    Six big French retailers said on Sunday they were recalling lasagna meals and other products suspected of being mislabeled after the discovery of horsemeat in beef products.

  • Top Destination States for Jobs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    Read ahead to see what they are, and find out what employment data, industries and companies are located there to make them top destination states.

  • Apple Shortage Hits Local Farms     Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    Roderick Dressel, Dressel Farms co-owner, explains his farm is currently bringing in about 20 percent less bushels of apples this year.

  • Food Crisis Overplayed?     Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 8:20 PM ET

    Stan Ryan, Vice President at Cargill Corporate says that with markets more open now, there is less chances for a repeat of the 2008 food crisis. He explains more.

  • Regelbrugge: The Farm Labor Crisis: Imagined, or Real? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    In several recent columns, CNBC.com senior editor John Carney has dismissed any notion of a farm labor crisis, claiming that record farm profits suggest no such crisis exists. The senior editor’s all too common error is to grossly oversimplify American agriculture and draw the wrong conclusions as a result.