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JBS says to purchase Cargill pork assets for $1.45 billion

SAO PAULO - Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA said on Wednesday its U.S. division would purchase pork assets from Cargill meat solutions for $1.45 billion, free of debt.

Emission-check chemical makers to take hit if pollution rule goes

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a federal regulation aimed at cutting air pollution from power plants will limit growth for Cabot Corp and Calgon Carbon Corp, which make activated carbon used to curb mercury emissions.

Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

WASHINGTON - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

Smucker cuts Folgers coffee prices after 2014 increase

Smucker cuts Folgers coffee prices after 2014 increase

NEW YORK - J.M. Smucker Co cut prices for most of the Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts coffee brands sold in the United States by 6 percent, the biggest U.S. roaster said on Wednesday, after a price hike last year led to a loss of market share.

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Ranks of commodities brokers dwindle as U.S. futures industry evolves

NEW YORK - U.S. commodities brokerages - a key focus of reforms designed to make the financial system safer - are increasingly struggling to eke out a profit, spurring many firms to think about leaving the business, or trying to boost commissions.

U.S. trade representative sees Pacific trade pact before Congress by year-end

WASHINGTON - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year.

Dairy program sign-up begins today

Starting today, dairy farmers can enroll in the Margin Protection Program for 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says

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Thailand lowers 2015 rice output forecast

The Thai government lowered its forecast for this year's main-crop rice output by over 2 million metric tons, according to the latest report from the Office of Agricultural Economics, as the major rice-producing nation battles with a severe drought.

Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use

Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use

Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals when the Food and Drug Administration released their final rule June 2015 regarding how the Veterinary Feed Directive will be used.

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Whalen, Zurn join AAW Fly-In

Deb Whalen of Oklee, Minn., and Karolyn Zurn of Callaway, Minn., joined women from across the country, advocating for agriculture at American Agri-Women’s recent Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

Opinion: Farmers Union cares about rural North Dakota

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead makes some sobering observations in its recent editorial which ran in Agweek June 22

Greece defaults on IMF payment despite last-minute overtures to creditors

ATHENS - Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund.

Livestock feed to overtake biofuel in grain demand growth

Livestock feed to overtake biofuel in grain demand growth

PARIS - Livestock feed will surpass biofuels as the main source of growth in global grain consumption in the next 10 years as emerging countries consume more animal protein while lower oil prices and policy changes end a decade of high demand for crop-based biofuel, the FAO and OECD said on Wednesday.

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Red-hot fuel demand can't shore up the oil price alone

LONDON - Sales of transport fuels have exceeded all expectations this year, making demand from reviving economies the mantra of bulls who say the oil price is well on the mend.

Season’s end

Season’s end

TOWNER, N.D. — I’m not sure how many calves we’ve roped and branded in our neighborhood in the past month or so. If I did know, I probably wouldn’t say anyway. It’s not polite to ask someone how many cattle they have, and I don’t suppose it would be polite to tell anyone how many calves there are in the neighborhood in case they know how to do division. It was quite a bunch anyway.

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