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The ripple effect
On Ciro Fusco’s farm in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, police swooped down one recent day and planted a warning sign in his broccoli fields, prohibiting anyone from harvesting or even setting foot on the plot. Dozens of other fields in the area were sequestered in the same way. Decades of toxic waste dumping by the Camorra crime syndicate that dominates the Naples area poisoned wells, authorities have found in recent months, tainting the water that irrigates crops with high levels of lead, arsenic and the industrial solvent tetrachloride.
Monday, December, 30, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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US wants swift GMO approval in China
U.S. officials are monitoring Chinese rejections of American corn shipments, which have helped drive down commodity prices, and have urged China to act promptly to approve genetically modified strains of corn, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office says.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - - News

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Ag complicates EU-US trade talks
Genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken, beef quotas and a fight over who can call Greek-style cheese “feta” all block the way toward the world’s largest free-trade deal.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Merry Christmas
Wheat struggled again last week, trading to another round of lows. For the week ending Dec. 19, wheat had traded with losses in every session and has traded lower 11 of the past 12 sessions. The lack of direction and weak fundamental picture continues to added pressure. For the week ending Dec. 19, March Minneapolis dropped 14.5 cents, March Chicago slipped 18 cents and March Kansas City dropped 19.75 cents.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - Agweek - News

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What's next for Aberdeen's beef plant?
Aberdeen’s beef plant has new owners, but it is yet unclear what the future holds for the big empty building on the town’s south side.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Mosaic to buy back $2 billion in stock
U.S. fertilizer producer Mosaic Co. says it will buy back about 10 percent of its outstanding stock in a roughly $2 billion purchase from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Anne Ray Charitable Trust over the next eight months.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Ag issues on agenda as China corn rejections roil market
The U.S. could raise the issue of China’s recent rejection of several U.S. corn cargoes at trade talks this week, an official said on Wednesday.
Thursday, December, 19, 2013 - Reuters - News

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ADM to move headquarters to Chicago
Archer Daniels Midland Company announced Wednesday it is moving its global headquarters to Chicago, but said the agribusiness giant could still set up a new technology center in another state after failing to win millions in tax breaks.
Wednesday, December, 18, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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US urges timely action by China on GMO corn approvals
U.S. officials are monitoring Chinese rejections of American corn shipments, which have helped drive down commodity prices, and have urged China to act promptly to approve genetically modified strains of corn, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office says.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - - News

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Oats trading rich to corn
Oats are doing well, at least compared with corn. Chicago Board of Trade December oats closed at $3.76 on Dec. 10; corn was $4.27. And that is per bushel.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Markets turn lower
Wheat struggled again last week with most of the pressure coming from another week of sluggish wheat exports. Additional selling was tied to a surprisingly bearish U.S. Department of Agriculture December crop production report. For the week ending Dec. 12, December Minneapolis dropped 16 cents, December Chicago declined 17.25 cents and December Kansas City was off 17.25 cents.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Japan snaps up more Canadian wheat
Japan snapped up Canadian wheat for making bread and noodles in a surprise tender that closed on Dec. 10, ramping up purchases from the North American nation as its prices fall on bumper harvests.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Reuters - News

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SDSU students raise money for ranchers
When winter storm Atlas hit her family’s north Rapid City, S.D., ranch killing cattle and the 5-year-old mare she had trained since she was a colt, Amanda Kammerer wasn’t home to help. The animal science major and South Dakota State University student was on campus in Brookings feeling quite helpless.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - - News

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Snarled transportation system
Bumper corn and soybean harvests in the U.S. Midwest are stretching the system for moving crops from fields to markets beyond its limits this year, driving up export costs and crimping profits for farmers and grain dealers.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Monsanto, Novozymes form alliance
Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, says that a deal with Danish company Novozymes to form a long-term research and development alliance should accelerate the release of microbial-based products designed to improve crop production.
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - Reuters - News

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Noem says farm bill nearly done, includes livestock provision
After a long and frustrating wait, Congress will pass a bipartisan farm bill that covers a full five years, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., told reporters Thursday.
Friday, December, 13, 2013 - - News

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Statistics Canada report bearish
Wheat traded on the defense last week, losing ground in almost every session. Selling pressure was caused by poor exports and a bearish Statistics Canada report (which reported record Canadian production). For the week ending Dec. 5, March Minneapolis dropped 23.25 cents, March Chicago dropped 16.75 cents, and March Kansas City dropped 25.5 cents.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Japan food scandals cloud export hopes
Shoppers browsing in supermarkets around the world would once have been reassured by a “Made in Japan” tag.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - Reuters - News

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PotashCorp, to cut hundreds of jobs
PotashCorp. of Saskatchewan is cutting its workforce by about 18 percent, affecting 1,045 people.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - - News

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White Oak Global Advisors wins Northern Beef Packers auction
White Oak Global Advisors will be the new owner of Northern Beef Packers, which filed for bankruptcy in July because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. White Oak’s bid includes $39.5 million in credit and $4.8 million in cash to satisfy prior liens.
Monday, December, 09, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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