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CME live cattle futures shrug off early weakness

CHICAGO - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle closed higher on Wednesday after initial selling, helped by short-covering and futures' discounts to last week's cash prices, traders said.

Post Holdings says 35 percent of egg supply now affected by bird flu

Post Holdings says 35 percent of egg supply now affected by bird flu

Post Holdings Inc said a third company-owned chicken flock in Nebraska had tested positive for avian flu, bringing total affected egg supply to about 35 percent of commitments.

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South Sudan hunger at its worst since independence in 2011

NAIROBI - More than 40 percent of South Sudan's 11 million people need food aid, the latest analysis shows, the highest hunger levels recorded in the world's youngest country, where fighting erupted 18 months ago.

McDonald's to stop reporting monthly same-store sales after June

McDonald's Corp said it will stop reporting monthly same-store sales after June, becoming the latest major U.S. retailer to stop reporting the closely watched indicator to gauge overall spending trends and a company's financial health.

Duvenaud: Oats movement routine

The early consensus on the weekend frost is that minimal damage was done to newly planted oats.

Six more cases of bird flu in Minnesota

After nearly two weeks without any new cases of avian influenza, six new cases of bird flu were reported Monday in Minnesota commercial turkey flocks.

Opinion: NDFU wrong on corporate farming

North Dakota Farmers Union’s stand on the limited corporate farming bill for dairy and hog farms is bad for North Dakota

Canada to test India feed corn imports due to mold concerns

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Tuesday it has started to detain imports from India of corn for feeding livestock to allow for testing of aflatoxins.

Danish radio station defends killing baby rabbit live on air

COPENHAGEN - A Danish radio station is defending a show during which the host killed a baby rabbit by hitting it with a bicycle pump, live on the air, saying it was intended to show the hypocrisy of animal lovers.

Hormel Foods to buy organic meat company Applegate

Hormel Foods Corp said it would buy natural and organic meat processor Applegate Farms LLC for about $775 million to cater to an increasing demand for food free of antibiotics, hormones and artificial additives.

Flattened by erratic rain, Pakistani farmers ditch crop farming

ISLAMABAD - In late April, after 28 hours of heavy rain, Noor Hussain and his two brothers surveyed his three-hectare wheat plot to see what they could save.

Montana Department of Livestock warns against showing waterfowl during bird flu outbreak

The Montana Department of Livestock recommends that privately owned waterfowl sit out this coming show season citing the risk of avian influenza. Waterfowl can carry the highly pathogenic bird flu virus without showing signs of disease, increasing the risk for spread to other poultry.

USDA chief vet says bird flu cases waning, sees end by July

PARIS - The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday.

Ag businesses fail to fill jobs

Ag businesses fail to fill jobs

Despite increased enrollment in agriculture-related studies, job demand outweighs the number of graduates, with the industry expecting to be unable to fill 22,500 positions each year.

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VIDEO: Grilling good beef

Kevin Kolman, grill master for Weber Grills, talks about the keys to good grilling and why they’re so important for him.

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