U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labelling regulation — July 29, 2014

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A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerning labelling requirements for meat, marking a potential setback for other businesses fighting federal regulations on free-speech grounds. For the second time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the 2013 regulation could be enforced. […]


U.S. proposes allowing more pork imports from Mexican states — July 29, 2014

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a change in regulations that would relax restrictions on pork imports from certain areas of Mexico, potentially allowing for increased U.S. imports at a time of a supply shortage. The proposal would permit pork to be imported from certain parts of Mexico defined as having a […]


Brazil cattle herd to grow two per cent this year — July 29, 2014

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sao paulo Brazil, home of the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, will likely grow its stock by two per cent this year from 2013, reaching a record 198.7 million head, according to a report sponsored by analysts Informa Economics FNP. The increase is due to better management and more investment in maintaining pastures, according to […]


GRAINS – U.S. corn, soybeans, wheat drop after recent gains — July 29, 2014

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CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures fell 2.8 per cent to fresh contract lows on Tuesday due to plentiful global supplies as well as strong competition on the export market, traders said. Corn and soybean futures also fell as forecasts for rain in the U.S. Midwest next week alleviated concerns about dry conditions reducing harvest prospects for both […]


U.S. soy, corn ratings drop for first time in more than a month — July 28, 2014

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U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings fell in the latest week, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, the first decline for both crops in five weeks. USDA said that soybeans were rated 71 percent good to excellent as of July 27, a 2 percentage point decline from a week earlier. Good-to-excellent ratings for corn […]


Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330 — July 27, 2014

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Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a “supply shock.” At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers […]


GRAINS: Corn bounces but posts 5th weekly loss on supply pressure — July 25, 2014

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Reuters — U.S. corn futures inched higher on bargain buying Friday but posted a fifth consecutive weekly loss as expectations of record yields in this autumn’s harvest continued to hang over the market, traders said. Wheat rose on short-covering buying as the market consolidated above contract lows set this week, while soybeans ended mixed. At […]



Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters — July 25, 2014

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Reuters — A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday. The study, […]


Fungus in your forage? Try moose drool — July 25, 2014

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York University researchers have found a surprisingly effective way to fight against a certain species of toxic grass fungus — moose saliva. Their paper published this month in Biology Letters shows that moose and reindeer saliva slows growth and reduces toxicity of a fungus in red fescue. “Plants have evolved defence mechanisms to protect themselves, […]