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France asks EU to help farmers PARIS, France (Reuters) — France wants new “market regulation measures” to help farmers hurt by low milk and pork prices and has submitted proposals ahead of a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers later this month, prime minister Manuel Valls said last week. The government called on the European […] Read more


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El Nino seen weakening NEW YORK, N.Y. (Reuters) — The current El Nino phenomenon is expected to weaken during the Northern Hemisphere spring and move to normal conditions by late spring or early summer, a U.S. government weather forecaster said Jan. 14. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, was […] Read more


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Kenya aims to double coffee output NYERI, Kenya, (Reuters) — Kenya aims to double its annual coffee production by 2020 to 92,000 tonnes by increasing the area under cultivation and raising yields, helping bolster a major foreign exchange revenue earner. Kenya, which relies heavily on coffee export earnings, is a small producer that accounts for […] Read more



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Drought strikes southern Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) — A scorching drought that has cut South Africa’s key corn crop by a third is likely to continue into the southern hemisphere summer as an El Nino weather pattern strengthens, according to the latest forecast from the South African Weather Service. The forecast for the October […] Read more


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Foodgrains bank launches conservation program WINNIPEG — Canadian Foodgrains Bank has launched a new conservation agriculture program in Africa worth $18.67 million over five years. It will assist 50,000 farm families in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania from member agencies: Mennonite Central Committee Canada, World Renew and World Relief Canada. The program was made possible by […] Read more



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El Nino chances increasing SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — Recent warming of the Pacific Ocean may signal an El Nino weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. Climate models indicate the central tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to continue to warm, with El Nino thresholds to be reached or exceeded by mid-year, the weather bureau […] Read more


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More U.S. elevators accept Syngenta corn banned by China CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — The number of American grain elevators, mills and feedlots that will buy a genetically modified corn variety banned by China has more than doubled since July. It indicates growing acceptance in the United States for a product seen as a potential risk […] Read more


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U.S. challenges Chinese export subsidies WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) — The United States has launched a legal challenge to Chinese export subsidies supporting billions of dollars of exports across a wide swath of industries from steel to shrimp. U.S. trade representative Michael Froman said Chinese companies in designated export hubs benefited from free or subsidized services, […] Read more



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Agfinance ADM profit up (Reuters) — U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported higher third quarter earnings Nov. 4 on strong corn and soybean processing margins, but revenue fell from a year ago. Illinois-based ADM reported net earnings of US$747 million, or $1.14 per share, up from $476 million, or 72 cents a share, in […] Read more


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Meat Processing Ex-Cargill manager fights attempt to keep him from rival CHICAGO (Reuters) — Valuable trade secrets that Cargill Inc. says were stolen by a longtime manager in its meatpacking division who quit for rival JBS, are nothing more than basic butchery, lawyers for the employee said in court documents. Privately held Cargill, a top […] Read more