March 5 (Reuters) – Giant U.S. food and grain-handling
companies ConAgra Foods Inc, Cargill and CHS
Inc on Tuesday said they plan to combine their North
American flour milling businesses into a new company called
The venture, which the companies expect to launch later this
year, encompasses 44 flour mills, three bakery mix facilities
and a specialty bakery, with locations in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico.
March 1 (Reuters) – Animal rights groups are threatening to
sue the U.S. government if officials move ahead with plans to
allow meat-packing companies to resume the slaughter of horses
for human consumption, a practice that was banned in 2006.
“It’s a big fight,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the
Humane Society of the United States. “We will sue if we have to.
We’re also working with Congress to stop this.”
Feb 26 (Reuters) – DuPont is expanding its pipeline of new
products under development to include the potential for a
biotech wheat, a company official said on Tuesday.
DuPont and its Pioneer Hi-Bred agricultural seed unit
said a hybrid wheat technology project has been added to its
roster of crop research programs that are advancing into deeper
development. DuPont currently is largely focused on genetic
improvements to corn and soybeans, as well as enhanced canola
Feb 25 (Reuters) – High levels of a dangerous toxin found in
bagged dog food on a grocery store shelf in Iowa have
highlighted the prevalence of a problematic mold in last year’s
U.S. corn crop, as state and federal officials work on limiting
the food safety concern.
“Last year’s corn crop – it is a huge issue. We test every
load coming in. And we reject a lot of loads,” said Michael
Wright, chief executive officer of Pro-Pet, an Ohio-based pet
food manufacturer that learned last week some of its product was
tainted with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring poison that can
cause serious illness or even death if consumed.
Feb 21 (Reuters) – CoBank, a major lender to U.S.
agriculture through its role in the U.S. Farm Credit System,
reported higher quarterly earnings and its 13th consecutive year
of profit gains on Thursday, but warned 2013 would be a more
Denver-based CoBank, a $92 billion co-op bank and member of
the Farm Credit System, said net profit for the fourth quarter
rose 7 percent to $153.4 million for the quarter ended December
31, and year-end income climbed 21 percent to $853.9 million.
KANSAS CITY, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The heavy winter snowstorm
sweeping across the U.S. midsection was a welcomed event for
U.S. winter wheat farmers worried that their drought-stricken
fields were too parched to produce a healthy crop this year.
Nearly a foot or more of snow fell across key growing areas
in Oklahoma and Kansas in the last 24 hours, and more was
Feb 19 (Reuters) – Developing countries accounted for the
first time last year for more than half the global biotech crop
area, though the United States remains the primary nation making
use of genetically altered crops, according to an industry
“The developments we will see over the next five years will
be in favor of developing countries. That is where the mouths
are that we have to feed,” said Clive James, chairman of the
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech
Applications (ISAAA), which issued the report.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – A 75-year-old Indiana grain farmer will take on global seed giant Monsanto Co at the U.S. Supreme Court next week in a patent battle that could have ramifications for the biotechnology industry and possibly the future of food production.
The highest court in the United States will hear arguments on Tuesday in the dispute, which started when soybean farmer Vernon Bowman bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed. The plants that grew turned out to contain the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready that Monsanto guards closely with patents.
CHICAGO/KANSAS CITY, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Open-outcry grain
trading at the 156-year-old Kansas City Board of Trade will go
quiet in June as new owner CME Group moves the
once-raucous pits to Chicago.
CME, owner of the Chicago Board of Trade, bought the Kansas
City wheat exchange last year, cementing its dominance in global
grain trading after a challenge from rival
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – The unrelenting drought gripping key farming states in the U.S. Plains shows no signs of abating, and it will take a deluge of snow or rain to restore critical moisture to farmland before spring planting of new crops, a climate expert said on Thursday.
“It’s not a pretty picture,” said climatologist Mark Svoboda of the University of Nebraska’s Drought Mitigation Center.