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Agrium to shed California UAN plant

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Fertilizer and ag retail firm Agrium plans to sell off its fertilizer upgrading plant in northern California. The Calgary company announced Thursday it "intends to divest" the West Sacramento plant sometime this year. On average, over the past couple of years, the plant has produced about 200,000 tonnes of nitrogen solution products, Agrium said. Agrium also operates a nitrogen solutions upgrading plant at Kennewick, Wash., about 1,100 km north, with capacity to produce about 430,000…
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Hit by beef ban, Indian butchers eye Jersey cows

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Mumbai | Reuters -- Battling a beef ban that has threatened their livelihoods, Muslim traders in India are seeking permission to slaughter foreign-origin Jersey cows they think will not be as sacred to the country's majority Hindus as locally bred cattle. Several states led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have either brought new laws to ban beef or tightened curbs on killing cattle. India is the world's largest beef exporter and…
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EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

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Brussels | Reuters -- The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process. The European Commission said it had authorized 10 new types of maize, soybeans, cotton and oilseed rape as either human food or animal feed for 10 years. In practice the crops, produced by Monsanto, BASF and Bayer CropScience, will…
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Prairies’ peak temperatures cool down

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Summer-like temperatures over parts of the western Prairies pulled back somewhat on Thursday, with highs at WeatherFarm stations reaching just +16 C around Medicine Hat and Kindersley, +11 C around Brandon and just +6 C around Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. Lows on Thursday dropped to -10 C just west of Winnipeg, -7 C in far northeastern Saskatchewan and -6 C around Red Deer and Calgary. For more information from WeatherFarm stations across the Prairies, [Read more]

Minnesota declares state of emergency over avian flu

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Chicago | Reuters -- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country. It followed Wisconsin's action on Monday. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state. State health officials said they were expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug…
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Canada to set new speed limits on dangerous goods trains

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Updated April 25, 2015 -- Ottawa | Reuters -- Canada will immediately impose a new speed limit of 65 kilometres per hour for dangerous goods trains moving through urban areas with more than 100,000 people, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. This is one of many measures the Conservative government has introduced since the July 2013 Lac Megantic oil-by-rail disaster in which 47 people died. The current limit is 80 km/h, although crude oil trains are…
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Brazil farm belt roads blocked in new trucker strike

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Sao Paulo | Reuters -- Truckers in Brazil resumed roadblocks across the country's main farm belt early on Thursday, after failing to reach common ground in talks with the government and freight companies in recent weeks regarding pay and fuel prices. Highway police on Thursday evening estimated that protesters had blocked roads at 17 points across the region, mainly affecting the movement of soybeans and corn. Those crops are in the final weeks of the main summer harvest. In…
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Daily price limits revised for CBOT grains futures

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Chicago | Reuters -- Daily price limits for Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) corn and wheat futures will rise starting in May, while soybean limits will not change following a semi-annual review, CBOT parent CME Group said Thursday. Under exchange rules, the CBOT resets daily limits for grains and oilseeds in May and November of each year, based on a percentage of the average settlement price of benchmark contracts during a roughly nine-week observation period. The new limits will…
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U.S. grains: Soybeans up on trucker strike worry

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Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. soybean futures snapped two sessions of declines and climbed to the highest in 2-1/2 weeks on concerns that labour strikes in South America could limit supplies to ports during the peak export season in Brazil and Argentina. Truckers in Brazil began to block roads across the country's main farm belt early on Thursday after failing to reach common ground in negotiations in recent weeks with the government and freight companies regarding pay and fuel…
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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle limit up on improved fundamentals

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Chicago | Reuters -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed up the three-cent-per-pound price limit Thursday, on higher wholesale beef values and better-than-expected subsequent cash prices, traders said. April and June ended at 159.3 cents and 149.025 cents per pound (all figures US$). CME's live cattle trading limit will be expanded to 4.5 cents on Friday following Thursday's limit-up settlement. "To see cash trading already $2 per hundredweight (cwt) higher…
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