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Slumping beef prices rattle CME live cattle futures

CHICAGO - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Friday, pulled down by profit-taking in response to the day's sharp drop in wholesale beef values, traders said.

Proper disposal key to moving on after bird flu

Proper disposal key to moving on after bird flu

Local folks are cleaning up and moving on as the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history continues to spread. When bird flu struck some North Dakota flocks, a local professor was called on to offer his expertise. Shafiqur Rahman is a


Swiss charge ex-Bank of America employee in Parmalat probe

ZURICH/MILAN - Switzerland's attorney general has seized more than 30 million Swiss francs ($32 million) in a criminal investigation linked to dairy group Parmalat and has charged an unnamed Italian citizen with money-laundering, bribery and forgery.

California horseman, beaten by deputies, is charged

A California man who received a $650,000 settlement after being beaten by about a dozen sheriff's deputies in a failed attempt to flee on horseback has been charged with felonies connected to the incident.

USDA seeks more contractors to aid efforts in bird flu outbreak

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it is seeking to hire more federal contractors to help with the government's response to the domestic bird flu outbreak, which has resulted in more than 43 million birds being culled so far.

Nigeria agriculture minister wins African Development Bank presidency

Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina won an election on Thursday to become the new president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a post that will see him guide the institution through Africa's increasingly complex financial environment.

Global dairy demand to pick up only slightly

Global dairy prices are expected to pick up only slightly over the next 12 months, New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, said on Thursday.

Opinion: China less vulnerable to price shocks

With a population of 1.3 billion and a small agricultural area relative to its population, China is the hope for an export-led prosperity for grain and oilseed farmers in the major agricultural exporting nations.

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

Sanderson Farms' sales, profit miss as chicken prices fall

Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest U.S. poultry producer, reported lower-than-expected quarterly net sales and profit, hurt by lower selling prices.

OIE cuts six European countries' mad cow risk level

The World Organization for Animal Health said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of six countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports.

H5N1 bird flu confirmed on two farms in Ghana

Tests on poultry at two farms in Ghana, including one in the capital, Accra, have confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian flu, the country's state research institute said on Wednesday.

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.


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.

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