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GMO China eyes new corn suppliers BEIJING, China (Reuters) — China has turned to non-traditional corn exporters following the detection of an unapproved genetically modified strain in imports from the United States, traders said. As well, lower prices in non-traditional exporting countries, including Bulgaria and Ukraine, have prompted private feed mills in the world’s second-largest […] Read more

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Marketing App lets ag students beef up on economics CHICAGO (Reuters) — Bovine avatars with funny hats in an app are being corralled to help teach young people in the United States about agricultural markets and risk. The CME Group futures exchange launched the app, called Risk Ranch, for tablets and smartphones as an electronic […] Read more

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Tentative deal for U.S. grain handlers, union CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Unionized port workers and a group of Pacific Northwest grain companies reached a tentative contract agreement last week. The deal is expected to ease a backlog of shipments from the biggest U.S. West Coast grain terminal. The union and three Pacific Northwest grain handlers […] Read more


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Labelling initiative moves closer PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) — An initiative requiring mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods in Oregon moved one step closer to the November ballot after advocates said they submitted more than enough qualifying signatures to the state. Oregon Right to Know officials say they submitted more than 155,000 signatures to the secretary […] Read more

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Science key to EU deal BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — A planned European Union/United States trade deal needs to eliminate non-scientific barriers that prevent U.S. farmers from selling genetically modified crops and some chemically treated meats in Europe, the U.S. agriculture secretary said recently. The two sides aim to create the world’s largest free-trade pact, whose […] Read more


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Crisis takes toll on Ukraine corn projection KIEV (Reuters) — Crisis-hit Ukraine’s corn crop is expected to slump almost 20 percent this year, a Reuters poll has showed, as farmers from the major global exporter feel the impact of reduced financing. As Ukraine teeters on the brink of partition, the crisis has toughened lending conditions […] Read more

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Genetic modification France bans GM corn PARIS, France (Reuters) — France’s lower house of parliament has adopted a law that prohibits the cultivation of genetically modified corn, saying it poses a risk to the environment. France adopted a decree last month to halt the planting of Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 corn, the only GM crop allowed […] Read more

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Analysts see Russian grains continuing LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) — Some of the world’s biggest oil and grains traders see little risk of any disruption to supplies from Russia, despite the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region was unlikely to lead western powers to target Russian energy exports or […] Read more


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GM alfalfa approval heads to U.S. court (Reuters) — A public interest group is asking a court to force the United States Department of Agriculture to turn over documents explaining its approval of a genetically modified alfalfa even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential to do environmental damage. The Center for Food Safety said […] Read more

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EU, U.S. to commit on bilateral trade duties BRUSSELS (Reuters) — United States president Barack Obama and European Union leaders are expected to promise to remove all tariffs on bilateral trade at their summit on March 26, an ambitious step toward the world’s largest free trade deal, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters. […] Read more