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  • BANGKOK, Feb 26- Thailand, the world's second-biggest rice exporter, on Friday announced measures worth around $285 million to help farmers in the country who have been hit hard by a severe drought and low prices for their crop. While this has crimped rice output, it has not buoyed prices given huge stocks of about 12 million tonnes that Thailand is trying to...

  • BANGKOK, Jan 27- Thailand plans to sell 300,000 tonnes of rice to Iran and a trade delegation will visit the country next week to seek more opportunities following the lifting of international sanctions, government officials said on Wednesday. Thailand is one of the world's top rice exporters and one of the first deals with Iran will be for grain supplies.

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    Scientists have made major strides towards creating new breeds of rice that could be more sustainable, as well as more resilient to environmental stresses.

  • Are US, Japan making progress on TPP?

    Deborah Kay Elms, executive director of the Asian Trade Centre, discusses the progress of negotiations between Japan and the U.S. on two issues - cars and agriculture.

  • Rice protein taste test

    Jane Wells does a taste test of a smoothie with rice protein made by Axiom Foods. With her is CEO David Janow.

  • Rice is the new meat

    Americans are increasingly looking to add more protein to their diets, and rice protein is seen as an attractive alternative. Jane Wells speaks to the CEO of Axiom, the largest producer of plant-based proteins in the U.S.

  • Yen weakness is driving up the cost of Japan's food imports, but analysts say pinched pocketbooks won't slow consumers' taste for meals from overseas.

  • Rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley, Calif.

    The ongoing drought in California is cutting back the state's rice crop. It's gotten so bad, one rice farmer said they might have to sell the land.

  • In two weeks, Girl Scouts will descend upon supermarkets and businesses to peddle boxes of cookies, tempting people with a new gluten-free cookie.

  • The FDA said, after testing 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, that the amount of detectable arsenic is too low to cause immediate or short-term negative health effects.

  • Thailand is set to sell half-a-million tons of rice on world markets at a loss, as it scrambles to offload a record stockpile deteriorating in quality in warehouses filled with grain.

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    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

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    With commodities enjoying a robust start to 2012, some traders are concerned that crude oil and other hard assets are ripe for a fall.

  • In spite of the Thai government's warning that the world's largest exporter of rice could lose as much as a quarter of its crop because of the floods, analysts tell CNBC the potential shortfall is unlikely to impact prices.

  • An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

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