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Food Transportation Importers shift from bulk to containers LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container ships to import smaller amounts at rates that are often cheaper per tonne. Agricultural commodities traditionally have been shipped on bulk carriers brimming with 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of a […] Read more

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Food safety New food scandal plagues China SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) — China has held seven people in southern Guangdong province for injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price. It is the latest food scandal to hit the world’s second largest economy. The suspects slaughtered up to 100 […] Read more

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India’s economy Food prices drive up Indian inflation NEW DELHI (Reuters) Inflation in India unexpectedly hit a seven-month high in September as food prices climbed, increasing the odds for yet another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991. The wholesale price index, India’s main inflation measure, […] Read more


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Production Analyst bumps up corn forecast CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Crop forecaster Lanworth has slightly raised its forecast for U.S. corn production to 13.483 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 152.9 bu. per acre. Lanworth cited improved yield expectations in Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota for the boost in its forecast, which it […] Read more

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Alberta politics New deputy ag minister has law background Jason Krips will replace John Knapp as Alberta’s deputy minister of agriculture, effective Sept. 30. Krips is not an unfamiliar face to agriculture in Alberta. He was executive assistant to then agriculture minister Doug Horner from 2004-06 and was Horner’s executive assistant in the advanced education […] Read more


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Pests gain on GM corn? (Reuters) — Researchers in Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified corn that is supposed to protect the crop from the pests, according to a new report. Evidence gathered from fields in two Illinois counties suggests that pest problems […] Read more