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Political instability in Ukraine, weather worries on American plains driving up wheat prices

WICHITA, Kan. - Political instability in Ukraine —coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries — are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say.

Political instability in Ukraine, weather worries on American plains driving up wheat prices

WICHITA, Kan. - Political instability in Ukraine —coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries — are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say.

Health Canada pushed to force pesticide makers to release bee-death studies

OTTAWA - Four major environmental groups are demanding that Ottawa force pesticide makers to provide scientific studies looking at whether their products are killing off bees. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency has been asking registered pesticide manufacturers for the studies since 2004. But despite several notices, the studies haven't been produced, while the pesticides in question continue to be manufactured and sold. Beekeepers, meanwhile, are growing ever more alarmed as their bees continue to die off.

1,000 Farmworkers attend preview of Cesar Chavez film

Los Angeles, Mar 25 (EFE).- More than 1,000 farmworkers who benefit from the legacy of Cesar Chavez will attend Tuesday in California's Central Valley a special preview of the film about the late civil rights activist and labor leader's life. The movie "Cesar Chavez" will screen at what is now the National Historic Landmark of Forty Acres, outside Delano, where the United Farm Workers co-founder fasted for almost a month as part of his peaceful fight for field hands' rights.

Factbox: CFTC action on speculative position limit violations

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle civil charges it exceeded speculative position limits in soybean meal futures in January 2013, while attempting to hedge a commodity index investment, U.S. regulators said on Monday. Following is a list of position-limit cases announced by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission since late 2008: March 24, 2014: Morgan Stanley Capital Group agrees to pay $200,000 to settle charges it topped position limits in soybean meal futures

Japan, Canada discuss energy supply in 5th round of free trade talks

Japan and Canada began their fifth round of bilateral free trade talks in Tokyo on Monday, with trade in natural resources on the agenda. During the five-day talks, the two sides are not expected to discuss elimination of tariffs on farm products, which is being negotiated in the framework of ongoing talks for the envisioned Trans-Pacific Partnership pact that involve both Japan and Canada, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.

Deadly pig virus numbers rise in U.S. hog herd

(Reuters) - Confirmed cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus increased by 296 in the week ended March 15, bringing the total number to 4,757, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

Beekeepers reject bee health report doesn't do enough to stem pesticide residues

MILTON, Ont. - The Ontario Beekeepers Association says it can't endorse the final report from the Bee Health Working Group. The report released Wednesday by Premier Kathleen Wynne, acting as Minister of Agriculture, promotes the use of non-insecticide treated seed. It also encourages the use of products and tools to reduce the risk of pollinators being exposed to dust containing neonicotinoids during planting. But the association contends the government is incorrectly assuming that neonicotinoids could be safe for bees if applied properly at planting time.

Smithfield halts hog kill at N. Carolina plant due to hog virus: sources

(The story is refiled to correct annual USDA slaughter figures in paragraph nine) By Meredith Davis and Christine Stebbins (Reuters) - Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on Friday because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) which has tightened hog supplies, industry sources said.

Cargill soy processor in Ohio resumes operations after fire

(Reuters) - Cargill Inc.'s <CARG.UL> soybean processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, is up and running after a fire on Monday that took nearly four hours to extinguish, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. "Minor fire at refinery, which is back in operation," Cargill spokesman Mark Klein said in an email, adding there was "no effect on crush." The plant processes soybeans into soybean meal, a popular livestock feed, and soyoil, which is used in foods and to produce biodiesel.
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