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As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind

As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind

SYDNEY - Circling thousands of feet above Tasmania's farmland in a light aircraft, Christina Nebel prepares to release tiny chemical particles as part of a cloud-seeding scheme estimated to have helped boost rainfall on the Australian island by over 10 percent.

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From rats to yellow tomatoes: the new EU business model

From rats to yellow tomatoes: the new EU business model

RIGA/STRASBOURG, France - A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. Now, it's becoming a model of the resource use and waste management EU policymakers are striving to promote.

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Wimbledon's famous strawberries now come...as mush

Wimbledon's famous strawberries now come...as mush

LONDON - There's a new way to ingest strawberries at Wimbledon this year but the public isn't invited and the famous berries from the nearby English county of Kent aren't eaten with a spoon and don't come with cream either.

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Report shows good news on late blight

Report shows good news on late blight

Minnesota and North Dakota potato farmers continue to avoid late blight this growing season, according to the most recent weekly report.

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Greek olive farmers demand cash as bank fears grow

Greek olive farmers demand cash as bank fears grow

LONDON/ATHENS - The cash economy emerging after the closure of Greece's banks is beginning to paralyze the country's vital olive oil industry as farmers demand cash for supplies that distributors are unable to pay.

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Duvenaud: Mustard markets bullish, soybeans higher

Duvenaud: Mustard markets bullish, soybeans higher

Mustard markets are bullish, but don’t get carried away. Statistics Canada says mustard seedings dropped from 500,000 acres last year to 325,000 this year — down 35 percent.

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Otteson named agronomy seed farm director

Brian Otteson is the new director of North Dakota State University's Agronomy Seed Farm near Casselton. The farm produces foundation seed for North Dakota's certified seed industry and is involved in North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station research efforts at the Main Station in Fargo. The research focuses on evaluating and developing new crop varieties and providing data on varieties grown under eastern North Dakota growing conditions.

South Dakota Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch speaks at Aberdeen farmers’ market

South Dakota Ag Secretary Lucas Lentsch speaks at Aberdeen farmers’ market

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch spoke to producers and consumers at the Aberdeen Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoon about the importance of local foods and the impact farmers’ markets have on South Dakota agriculture.

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Bolivian gourmet eatery creates quinoa communion wafers for pope

Bolivian gourmet eatery creates quinoa communion wafers for pope

LA PAZ - A Bolivian avant-garde restaurant hopes this week to serve a well-known non-paying customer and receive a holy seal of approval for its new creation: a quinoa-based communion wafer.

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Starbucks to hike coffee prices in some U.S. outlets

Starbucks to hike coffee prices in some U.S. outlets

Starbucks Corp said it would raise prices for some of its coffee beverages by 5-20 cents in the United States from Tuesday. Starbucks, however, will leave the prices of some popular beverages such as the Grande Brewed Coffee and the Frappuccino unchanged in most U.S. outlets, it said on Monday.

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Corn, soy slip on improved U.S. weather, Greece jitters

CHICAGO - U.S. corn and soybean futures dropped on Monday as lighter-than-expected U.S. rainfall eased fears about soggy Midwest crops while worries over Greece and China led investors to shun many commodity markets.

For Chicago futures traders, one final round in the ring

CHICAGO - A few dozen Chicago traders donned their multicolored jackets to trade soybean and Eurodollar futures the old-fashioned way one last time on Monday, marking the end of 167 years of open-outcry trading in the city where it was born.

Oil, copper buckle under China demand angst, Greek 'No'

LONDON - Commodity prices tumbled on Monday after Greece voted against conditions for a bailout package and top consumer China unleashed emergency measures aimed at halting the sharp slide in its stock market.

Researchers: Oil palm plantations destroying SE Asia's peatlands

BARCELONA - Drainage of peatlands to cultivate oil palm in Malaysia's Rajang Delta is causing land subsidence that will bring large-scale floods in coming decades, making the land unusable, a problem also expected to affect Indonesia, researchers warned.

U.S. ethanol makers race to expand even with policy uncertainty

U.S. ethanol makers race to expand even with policy uncertainty

Some U.S. ethanol producers are racing to bring on capacity, pushing output to fresh highs even as soaring corn prices tighten margins and the nation's biofuels program faces prolonged uncertainty.

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