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Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

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Brussels | Reuters -- Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science. Under a law signed in March individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for GM cultivation across the EU. While the European Commission is responsible for approvals, requests to be excluded also have to be…
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U.S. grains: Wheat falls to three-month low on ample world supplies

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell to a three-month low on Friday on signs that U.S. wheat is overpriced in a well-supplied global market, especially given strength in the U.S. dollar. Soybeans rose on worries about dry weather in parts of the Midwest and spillover support from a strong rally in crude oil. Corn closed narrowly mixed in choppy trade. At the CBOT, December wheat settled down six cents at $4.83-3/4 per bushel after dipping to $4.82-3/4, a…
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YOUTH AG-SUMMIT:’Thought leaders’ consider farming’s future

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Sustainability, leadership and innovation in agriculture guided four days of learning, debating and discussion among young "thought leaders" from 33 countries at this week's Youth Ag-Summit. The event, held in Canberra, Australia from Aug. 24 to 27, and organized by Bayer CropScience and the Australian youth organization Future Farmers Network, was set up to build on the inaugural summit held in 2013 in Calgary. Themed "How to feed a hungry…
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Youth Ag-Summit: How Australian ag benefits from biotech

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A speaker at the international Youth-Ag Summit in Canberra, Belinda Cay of the Grains Research and Development Corporation of Australia discusses how new crop varieties have improved yields on that continent, including on her own family's farm. [brightcove videoID=4446445441001 playerID=2207494620001 height=360 width=640]

Youth Ag-Summit: One representative’s perspective

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Speaking to those attending the Youth Ag-Summit this week in Canberra, Grainews/Country Guide field editor Lisa Guenther finds a variety of points of view -- some typical of certain Canadian ag sectors, others not so much. [brightcove videoID=4447064534001 playerID=2207494620001 height=360 width=640]

Japan lifts block on B.C. poultry

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Tokyo | Reuters -- Japan's farm ministry on Friday partially lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from Canada and the U.S. following an outbreak of bird flu. Imports from British Columbia and from eight U.S. states -- Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Kansas, Arkansas, Montana and Indiana -- will resume after restrictions were imposed for nearly nine months, the ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said in a statement. After the latest measure,…
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EU dairy farmers get rude awakening in post-quota market

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Paris | Reuters -- European dairy farmers caught out by a global market decline as they emerge from a 30-year-old quota system may have little choice but to produce at full pelt, hoping for a recovery in international prices next year. Milk prices paid to EU farmers are down 20 per cent from last year at 30 euro cents (C45 cents) a litre on average, leaving some farms operating below production costs and upsetting the plans of farmers and dairy processors that expanded capacity…
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U.S. livestock: Cash price sentiments extend CME live cattle gains

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher for a second straight session on Friday in anticipation of this week's cash prices, traders said. Spot-August futures, which will expire on Monday, ended 1.875 cents/lb. higher at 146.525 cents, and October up 1.425 cents, at 143.975 cents (all figures US$). "Feedyards and packers waited for futures to close before making their move," said a trader who predicted market-ready, or cash, sales of…
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Youth Ag-Summit: Granddaughter of the revolution

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Grainews/Country Guide field editor Lisa Guenther meets with Norman Borlaug's granddaughter Julie Borlaug. Norman Borlaug, who died in 2009, is credited with starting the "green revolution" of the 1960s. In this video, the younger Borlaug talks about the activities of the institute that now bears his name -- and what she sees as the future of agriculture. [brightcove videoID=4446972389001 playerID=2207494620001 height=360 width=640]

Youth Ag-Summit: Mentoring future farmers

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Grainews' Lisa Guenther spoke to organizers at this week's Youth Ag-Summit in Canberra, Australia about why mentoring future farmers is important -- and what they expect the summit's youth delegates to take away from the event. [brightcove videoID=4446359043001 playerID=2207494620001 height=360 width=640]
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