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Indonesia self-sufficiency push could drive up beef prices

Plans by Indonesia’s new president to make the nation self-sufficient in foods such as beef are showing signs of backfiring, with a major industry group warning prices for the meat could soar 50 percent in the next few months.

China urges banks to speed up agriculture sector loans

China urged its banks to speed up lending to agriculture, the country’s banking regulator said on Tuesday, in an effort to bolster a sector that employs almost one third of its 1.4 billion people, but remains in desperate need of funding.

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners and urge the U.S. Congress to lift the trade embargo against the Caribbean nation.

Western Canada wheat plantings to drop

Pulse crop supporters displeased with dietary proposal

The American Pulse Association and U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council say proposed federal dietary guidelines don’t fully reflect the nutritional benefits of pulse crops and could prompt Americans to eat less of them.

Soy trades higher; corn, wheat slide

Soy trades higher; corn, wheat slide

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As food prices rise, Moscow and Kiev consider export controls

Officials in both Russia and Ukraine are considering tougher trade protections to keep food prices from spiraling as their currencies collapse, with Moscow taking more aggressive steps than Kiev to control exports.

Summit participants say Cuba trade ban hurtful

A “farmer” who plants seeds that don’t grow in the same way for years is “probably not a farmer,” Cargill Inc. Vice President Devry Boughner Vorwerk told a Monday summit on restoring relations with Cuba.

USDA Ag Outlook brings surprises

USDA Ag Outlook brings surprises

Wheat slipped lower last week as traders continue to show concerns about slow export demand. It was a short trading week, as the markets were closed Feb. 16 in observance of President’s Day. For the week ending Feb. 19, March Minneapolis lost 13 cents, March Chicago dropped 5.25 cents and March Kansas City gave back 17.75 cents.

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Mustard types have different markets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The three different mustards have distinctly different markets. Yellow is hot. Western Canadian farmers grew a larger crop last year than the year before, and most was yellow. Prices fell hard after harvest but have been on the upswing since, and new-crop prices are even higher. Trade is brisk. Farmers are selling and processors are busy. Yellow bids range between 33.5 to 36 cents per pound. Most, but not all, processors are buying.

U.S. beef exports to drop in 2015

U.S. beef exports will decline in 2015, as tight supplies, high prices and a strong dollar constrict demand from buyers holding other currencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions at 29 West Coast ports.

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In Cuba, senators see path for end to US embargo

In Cuba, senators see path for end to US embargo

Three U.S. Democratic senators visiting Havana said on Tuesday there could be enough Republicans who support lifting a trade embargo on Cuba to dismantle it in Congress.

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USDA estimates report uneventful

USDA estimates report uneventful

For the week ending Feb. 12, March Minneapolis lost 2.75 cents, March Chicago lost 5.75 cents, and March Kansas City lost 7.75 cents. As of 10 a.m. Feb. 13, wheat trade was up 4 to 8 cents.

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Lentils markets remain red-hot

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Lentil markets remain red-hot. It’s a gift, considering the poor quality. The year started out looking heavy, with 2014 plantings way up from 2013, but it was a tough production year, both quantity and quality.

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