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Record harvests, falling oil prices bring more affordable food

Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Kenya government offers cash bailout to troubled Mumias sugar firm

Kenya’s government says it will inject 500 million shillings ($5.5 million) to bail out cash-strapped Mumias Sugar, sending the firm’s shares 5.5 percent higher on Jan. 30.

France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years

France, the European Union’s biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister says.

Rail officials not happy with encroaching farm practices in SD

Rail officials not happy with encroaching farm practices in SD

Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad in South Dakota, according to state rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board.

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US lawmakers propose bill to create single food safety agency

U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Jan. 28 that would create a single food safety agency by bringing together the oversight functions of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

New crop insurance to benefit poor farmers in developing countries

Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world’s small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study says.

Optimism at Sioux Falls Farm Show

Optimism at Sioux Falls Farm Show

The drum beat of bad news in commodity markets rules the day at the Sioux Falls, S.D., Salute to Agriculture — a multi-venue exposition during the Sioux Falls Farm Show and the concurrent Sioux Empire Farm Show livestock event Jan. 28 to 30.

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Annual KMOT Ag Expo still upbeat despite lower crop prices

Annual KMOT Ag Expo still upbeat despite lower crop prices

A no-reason-to-panic attitude was typical of people who talked with Agweek Wednesday on the first day of the 44th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the region’s largest and most popular farm shows. The three-day show, which ends Jan. 30, is at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will attend, as will more than 1,000 exhibitors.

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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the upcoming Feb. 2 issue of the magazine. The cover story looks into the many successful appeals to prevented-plant insurance payment denials from 2012. We'll also be at the KMOT Ag Expo and Sioux Falls Farm Show.

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Canadian province eyes tougher rules on investor farm buys

Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America’s strictest rules for purchasing farmland as the Western Canadian province looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what they see as a winning investment.

France says EU orders it to repay 1 billion euros in farm subsidies

The European Commission has asked France to repay 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) of farm subsidies dating back to 2008 to 2012, the French agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

Potato growers sue BNSF

A potato growing cooperative based in Grand Forks, N.D., has sued BNSF Railway over damaged potatoes.

Economist looks at 3 corn, soybean factors in January USDA reports

URBANA, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final estimates of 2014 U.S. production and estimates of Dec. 1, 2014, stocks released on Jan. 12 revealed some potentially important issues for the corn and soybean markets.

Companies invest in storage to avoid shortfalls

Companies invest in storage to avoid shortfalls

AgweekBUXTON, N.D. — Elevators throughout the Upper Midwest have added larger fertilizer storage capacity to respond to bigger, faster demand and uncertain supply logistics.

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Markets wait for news

Markets wait for news

For the week ending Jan. 22, March Minneapolis lost 9 cents, March Chicago gained 1 cent and March Kansas City lost 12.25 cents. As of 10 a.m. Jan. 23, wheat trade was down 3 to 12 cents.

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