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Jul 12, 2011

Ethanol, China keep US corn supply tight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. corn stocks will languish near 15-year lows for longer than expected as ethanol plants overtake livestock as the biggest consumers of the feed grain and China buys more American corn, according to government forecasts.

The U.S. Agriculture Department, as expected, boosted its forecasts on Tuesday of ending stocks this year and next, largely due to weaker-than-expected consumption by the livestock sector this year. But the revisions fell short of analysts’ forecasts and supported prices that have fallen 15 percent from their peak on signs of healthier supplies.

Jul 7, 2011

A year after Dodd-Frank, CFTC tackles manipulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Futures regulators will gain much more muscle to crack down on market manipulation under a rule set to be finalized on Thursday as part of the financial overhaul passed a year ago.

The rule would expand the CFTC’s ability to prosecute market manipulation by requiring that it show a trader acted recklessly — a less burdensome standard of proof than it faces now. For the first time, it would allow the CFTC to prosecute fraud-based manipulation.

Jun 23, 2011

Urbanites get $394 million of U.S. crop subsidies: group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 90,000 people living in U.S. cities pocketed $394 million in U.S. farm subsidies last year, an environmental group said on Thursday, questioning why absentee owners and investors deserve the cash.

The Environmental Working Group released the data just before a Senate committee review of Agriculture Department spending and while lawmakers try to rein in federal spending.

Jun 23, 2011

Urbanites get $394 Mln of US crop subsidies-report

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – Some 90,000 people living
in U.S. cities pocketed $394 million in U.S. farm subsidies
last year, an environmental group said on Thursday, questioning
why absentee owners and investors deserve the cash.

The Environmental Working Group released the data just
before a Senate committee review of Agriculture Department
spending and while lawmakers try to rein in federal spending.

May 4, 2011

House panel votes to delay swaps regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican-controlled committee in the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday for an 18-month delay of regulations intended to reduce risk in the vast over-the-counter derivatives market in response to the financial crisis.

The delay may be passed by the House but has little chance of becoming law. There is no similar Senate bill and futures regulators say they do not need the additional time.

Apr 12, 2011

Budget plan cuts food aid, stewardship programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Programs that help poor mothers buy food and that share the cost of land stewardship would be cut under government-wide reductions unveiled on Tuesday.

The cuts are part of an agreement that averted a government shutdown. Lawmakers were to vote on the $28 billion package this week.

Apr 11, 2011

Ethanol reform may hitchhike on must-pass bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reform of biofuel subsidies that cost $6 billion a year could hitch-hike its way to enactment on a must-pass spending bill, leaders of two ethanol trade groups said on Monday.

They said the industry generally agrees on reforms that would replace the 45-cent-a-gallon tax credit that is the major incentive to produce corn-based ethanol, the major biofuel now being produced.

Apr 5, 2011

Cut farm subsidy, crop insurance by $30 bln-US GOP

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) – The House Budget Committee
Chairman proposed to slash farm spending by $30 billion over 10
years in a package unveiled on Tuesday as part of his
controversial plan to tackle the giant federal budget deficit.

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan called for a reduction in
the $5 billion-a-year in “direct payments” made to growers each
year regardless of need. The payments are based on past
production of grain, cotton and soybeans.

Mar 31, 2011

U.S. farmers plant huge crops as stocks dwindle

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers say they will
plant some of the biggest corn and soybean crops ever this
spring, racing to keep pace with unrelenting global demand
that’s rapidly depleting stockpiles and driving up food costs.

A government survey found corn plantings would be the
second-largest since World War Two and soybeans the third
highest ever. But traders focused on a companion report that
showed unexpectedly small stockpiles, sending corn prices up by
4.5 percent, hitting the 30-cent daily limit for price swings.

Mar 31, 2011

U.S. farmers going all out, but grain bins thin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Farmers will be hard-pressed to replenish rapidly shrinking U.S. grain stocks this year, despite plans to sow the most land to corn since World War Two and near-record acreage to soybeans, according to the latest data from the U.S. government on Thursday.

Tight supplies would keep crop prices at high levels.

This year’s spring planting season in the world’s biggest crop exporter is being watched more closely than ever by countries fearful that further increases in already record-high food prices could stoke unrest.