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'Cynical' Myanmar army operation aimed at preventing Rohingya return, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar security forces have brutally driven out half a million Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

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Colombia's defense minister says drug policy must be long-term

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia must maintain eradication and substitution of coca crops as a long-term policy across the Andean nation's isolated jungle and mountain zones to permanently defeat drug trafficking and consolidate peace, the defense minister told Reuters.

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Commodity trader Louis Dreyfus sees better signs as H1 profits rise

PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Global commodity trading company Louis Dreyfus posted higher first-half profits, halting a two-year slide in core earnings, and saw signs of recovery for its businesses that have been impacted by a high supply of staple crops.

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Canadian rocks hold some of oldest evidence of life on Earth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rocky outcrops in eastern Canada contain what may be some of the oldest evidence of life on Earth, dating back about 3.95 billion years.

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Puerto Rico’s Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria

Hurricane Maria’s barrage took out entire plantations and destroyed crops and livestock across the island. The storm knocked out about 80 percent of its crops.

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Monsanto’s New Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

Twenty-five million acres have been planted with genetically modified seeds to encourage the spraying of the chemical. Farmers worry about damage to crops.

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Late summer rains, private food supplies limit impact of North Korea drought

SEOUL (Reuters) - Late summer rains and the growing importance of privately produced crops mean North Korea will likely avoid acute food shortages this year despite earlier fears of drought and mounting international sanctions, defectors and experts say.

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Monsanto seeks to end Arkansas ban on herbicide linked to crop damage

CHICAGO, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co pushed Arkansas on Thursday to allow farmers to spray crops with the company's dicamba herbicide, linked to damage on plants across the U.S. farm belt.

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Brazil farmers run out of space as bumper crops pile up

SORRISO, Brazil, Aug 17 (Reuters) - At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil's agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches truck after truck line up to unload corn onto the ground outside the huge storage bins.

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'Lucifer' heat wave holds Italy, eastern Europe in fiery grip

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed "Lucifer" that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.

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India monsoon rains to stay weak in key regions for next 2 weeks

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Key crop growing regions in India are likely to receive lower rainfall than normal in the next fortnight, the state-run weather forecaster said, raising concerns over the yield of summer-sown crops.

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Bunge aims to 'reinvent' dealings with Brazilian soy farmers

CHICAGO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - With Brazilian farmers storing soybeans due to low prices, Bunge Ltd is aiming to change the way it buys crops in an effort to prompt more selling and rebuild profit margins.

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Paraguay's high-protein wheat may be too scarce to seize demand

ASUNCION/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Weather damage to crops in Paraguay has robbed the international wheat market of more supplies of the high-quality grain needed to make bread and snatched an opportunity for the country to cultivate customers other than its massive neighbor, Brazil.

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GRAINS-Wheat eases for 4th day on ample world supply; corn, soy fall

SINGAPORE, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures lost more ground on Thursday with the market trading close to its lowest since late June on pressure from ample global supplies. Corn and soybean prices gave up some of last session's gains as weather forecasts indicated little stress to maturing crops in the U.S. Midwest. FUNDAMENTALS * Extremely poor conditions for U.S. spring wheat have largely been priced in. Harvesting of the drought-hit crop is now under way, while ris

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German rain may spoil EU wheat harvest after decent French crop

PARIS/HAMBURG (Reuters) - The risk of quality damage in this summer's German wheat harvest is increasing as rain soaks crops waiting to be cut, denting the European Union's export prospects after France's better-than-expected harvest results.

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Scientists find sunscreen potential in Antarctic plants

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops.

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Drought hits parts of North Dakota spring wheat prospects: tour

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) - Spring wheat crops in central and northwestern North Dakota were showing the effects of hot, dry conditions and yield prospects were down sharply from a year ago, scouts on an annual crop tour said Wednesday.

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Farmers turn to AI to grow better crops

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For Farmers Without Land, a Long Island Lawn Will Do

A couple is trying to grow a business by cultivating crops on land that homeowners usually mow.

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After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace

The FARC rebels have disarmed and joined the government to wean farmers off illicit crops. But in poor villages, the lure of drug money is still strong.

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China approves two new GMO crops for import: agriculture ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has approved two new genetically modified (GMO) crops for import, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on its website, following two earlier approvals last month.

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UPDATE 1-China approves two new GMO crops for import - agri ministry

BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) - China has approved two new genetically modified (GMO) crops for import, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on its website, following two earlier approvals last month.

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China approves two new GMO crops for import - agri ministry

BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) - China has approved two new genetically modified crops for import, the agriculture ministry said in a statement uploaded on its website.

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One of worst droughts in decades devastates South Europe crops

ROME/MADRID (Reuters) - Italian durum wheat and dairy farmer Attilio Tocchi saw warning signs during the winter of the dramatic drought to come at his holding a mile away from the Tuscan coast.

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UPDATE 1-Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread

CHICAGO, July 13 (Reuters) - Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.

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Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread

CHICAGO, July 13 (Reuters) - Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co, to become the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.

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Monsoon rains have covered most of India, rainfall within expectations - weather office

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The seasonal monsoon rains have covered most of India and the amount of precipitation so far is within expectations, the head of the country's weather office said, raising hopes for higher farm output after increased sowing of rice and soybean crops.

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UPDATE 2-Arkansas to ban dicamba weed killer after drift complaints

July 7 (Reuters) - Arkansas will temporarily ban the use and sale of the weed killer dicamba after a rise in complaints that the agricultural chemical is drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops, the state's agriculture department said on Friday.

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Arkansas to temporarily ban dicamba weed killer after drift complaints: agriculture department

(Reuters) - Arkansas will temporarily ban the use and sale of the weed killer dicamba after a rise in complaints that the agricultural chemical is drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops, the state's agriculture department said on Friday.

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Tiny Satellites From Silicon Valley May Help Track North Korea Missiles

Civilian satellites developed to count cars in Target parking lots and monitor crops are being reconfigured to help the American military detect North Korea’s missile launches.

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Extreme heat grips Northern Hemisphere on summer solstice

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Extreme heat across large tracts of the Northern Hemisphere raised fears for crops in China, fueled forest fires in Portugal and Russia's Far East, forced flight cancellations in the Southwest U.S., and melted tarmac on roads in Britain.

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Parched soils threaten Canadian canola, spring wheat -report

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 7 (Reuters) - Canada's western farm belt, dogged by excessive rain in some areas this spring, is now facing parched conditions in others, threatening wheat and canola crops, crop analysts say.

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An urban farm grows in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Erik Groszyk, 30, used to spend his day as an investment banker working on spreadsheets. Now, he blasts rapper Kendrick Lamar while harvesting crops from his own urban farm out of a shipping container in a Brooklyn parking lot.

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The South Faces a Summer With Fewer Peaches

A double punch of unseasonably warm winter weather and an ill-timed freeze has devastated crops in Georgia and South Carolina.

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UPDATE 1-From crops to chemicals, Canada CN Rail strike would hit shippers

WINNIPEG/MONTREAL, May 29 (Reuters) - Canadian rail shippers are urging Ottawa to intervene in a looming strike at Canadian National Railway Co, the country's largest railroad, fearing that a shut-down would immediately damage business.

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Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a safeguard of the world’s most important crops, flooded after permafrost surrounding the entrance thawed in Norway. Look inside in 360 degrees.

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Rain brings relief to China's parched grain fields

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy rains this week have brought relief to parched fields in China's major grain producing regions, breaking a months-long dry spell that had slowed corn planting and hit winter wheat crops.

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Syria withdraws 'Doomsday' seeds (2015)

Syria is asking to withdraw some of its seed samples from a vault designed to protect vital crops through an apocalypse. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

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Global GMO crop area up 3 percent in 2016 after prior-year dip: study

(Reuters) - Plantings of genetically modified (GMO) crops rebounded in 2016 from a decline the prior year, led by increased sowings in Brazil and the United States, according to an annual report released on Wednesday.

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Huge crops, record storage signaling more woes for grain merchants

CHICAGO, May 3 (Reuters) - In the face of a global grain glut that is crushing profits and raising questions about their long-term prospects, the world's big grain merchants maintain they need only a drought or other supply shock to return to the riches of the past.

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RPT-Crushing blow to soy processors as Chinese grow wary on GMO

BEIJING, April 28 (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer backlash against genetically modified (GMO) crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil, the nation's main cooking oil, and could spell crisis for the multi-billion-dollar crushing industry, which depends on GMO soybeans from the United States and elsewhere.

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Late frosts may dent EU rapeseed harvest prospects

PARIS (Reuters) - Widespread frosts during an unseasonably cold spell in Europe this month may have damaged some rapeseed crops that already endured dry conditions, which could limit a rebound in production after last year's disappointing harvest.

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Crushing blow to soy processors as Chinese grow wary on GMO

BEIJING, April 28 (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer backlash against genetically modified (GMO) crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil, the nation's main cooking oil, and could spell crisis for the multi-billion-dollar crushing industry, which depends on GMO soybeans from the United States and elsewhere.

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Armyworms ravage crops in southern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms have damaged crops across southern Ethiopia, the latest country to be struck by the pests in a region already struggling with widespread drought and hunger, authorities said on Thursday.

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Bagrada bug appears in Chile for first time, destroying crops

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The bagrada bug has appeared in Chile for the first time in recent months, and has damaged crops of cabbages, broccoli and other vegetables, the government said on Friday.

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Destructive weed threatens U.S. corn fields

WINTERSET, IOWA, April 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. government program designed to convert farmland to wildlife habitat has triggered the spread of a fast-growing weed that threatens to strangle crops in America's rural heartland.

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Deere Argentina sees farm optimism, more investment, bigger crops

BUENOS AIRES, April 3 (Reuters) - Argentine growers have been energized by the country's new tax and trade policies, setting the stage for increased grains planting and farm investment, the head of the local unit of agricultural machinery company Deere & Co said on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-EU nations vote against GM crops, but not enough to block them

BRUSSELS, March 27 (Reuters) - A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive.

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EU nations vote against GM crops, but not enough to block them

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A majority of EU countries voted on Monday against allowing two new genetically modified crops to be grown in Europe, batting the contentious decision on GM cultivation in Europe back to the EU executive, according to two sources.

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UK royals' sibling rivalry? Princess Anne says GMO crops have benefits

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Princess Anne may have sparked some royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles who says they would be an environmental disaster.

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China approves fewer GMO crop imports, hampering trade: U.S. industry group

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is approving fewer new biotech crops for import than before, hampering the launch of new products globally and hurting trade, an American industry group said on Tuesday.

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Abnormal El Nino in Peru unleashes deadly downpours; more flooding seen

LIMA (Reuters) - A sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru has unleashed the deadliest downpours in decades, with landslides and raging rivers sweeping away people, clogging highways and destroying crops in a potential sign of a global El Nino pattern this year.

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Terminal gives timely boost to Brazil's soy, sugar shipping capacity

SANTOS, March 14 (Reuters) - A new terminal near completion in Latin America's largest port in Santos, Brazil, is expected to add an extra 20 percent to its grains and sugar capacity, boosting shipping services just as the country produces bumper crops.

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U.S. forecaster sees increasing chances of El Niño later in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday that La Niña conditions had disappeared and projected the possibility of El Niño developing later this year, returning after the weather phenomenon wreaked havoc on global crops last year.

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Struggling to smelt, Venezuela state-run steelmaker grows sunflowers, crops

PUERTO ORDAZ (Reuters) - Workers at Venezuelan steelmaker Sidor are planting sunflowers and vegetables on company premises to ease a national food deficit as steel output has almost ground to a halt nine years after the company was taken over by the government.

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Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops

PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA (Reuters) - Communist-led Cuba is struggling to maintain the supply of some premium cigar brands in the face of poor tobacco harvests and rising demand, industry experts said at its annual cigar festival.

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Cold weather curbs armyworm outbreak in South Africa - Grain SA

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cold weather, rains and resilient genetically-modified crops (GMO) have limited the damage caused by an armyworm outbreak in South Africa, the head of Grain SA Jannie de Villiers said on Monday.

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Brazil races against time to save drought-hit city, dying crops

CAMPINA GRANDE, Brazil (Reuters) - The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town.

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Snow, avalanches, rain delay grain movement to U.S. ports

CHICAGO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Severe winter weather has slowed rail deliveries of crops to shippers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, sending freight rates soaring and prompting Asian buyers to seek fill-in loads as they wait for the backlog at ports to clear.

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Heavy rains damage crops after drought in Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) - Heavy rains have battered crops in Zimbabwe, threatening its food staple, maize, and its cash tobacco crops just months after the worst drought in a quarter century, the head of the commercial farmers' union said on Wednesday.

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Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A larvae outbreak which has damaged maize in South Africa's Limpopo and North West provinces is "strongly suspected" to be the invasive armyworm that has attacked crops in neighboring countries, a scientist said on Monday.

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Colombia and FARC rebels to wage joint fight against coca cultivation

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels announced a plan on Friday to substitute illegal crops and eradicate vast tracts of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, over the next year as part of a peace deal to end a half-century conflict.

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U.S. faces huge crop losses if temperatures keep rising - scientists

LONDON, Jan 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If global temperatures continue to rise, the United States faces big drops in harvests of major food crops by 2100, which may push up global food prices, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said on Thursday.

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Southern African maize munching pest is South American invader: experts

LUSAKA (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday.

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Southern African maize munching pest is South American invader - experts

LUSAKA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday.

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Thai sugar output to fall 3.1 pct in 2016/17, exports lower -official

BANGKOK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Sugar output for 2016/2017 in Thailand, second-biggest exporter of the sweetener, is expected to fall 3.1 percent due to a widespread drought last year that forced some cane farmers to switch crops, a government agency said on Tuesday.

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FEATURE-Armed with apps and crops, women lead battle to save Senegal's shrinking farmland

NDIAEL, Senegal, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The women of Thiamene, a tiny straw hut village in northern Senegal, used to scrape together a living by collecting wild baobab fruit and selling milk from their cows.

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Malawi's armyworm outbreak destroys 2,000 hectares: minister

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Armyworms have destroyed 2,000 hectares of crops in Malawi, spreading to nine of its 28 districts in the last few weeks, the agriculture minister said on Saturday,

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Malawi's armyworm outbreak destroys 2,000 hectares - minister

LILONGWE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Armyworms have destroyed 2,000 hectares of crops in Malawi, spreading to nine of its 28 districts in the last few weeks, the agriculture minister said on Saturday,

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Malawi hit by armyworm outbreak, threatens maize crop

LILONGWE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Malawi, which was hit by a crippling drought last year, has become the third southern African nation to report an outbreak of armyworms, a voracious pest that devours maize and other crops.

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Zimbabwe maize crop threatened by armyworm pest

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean farmers in the maize growing regions face a threat from the armyworm, a pest that consumes vast fields of crops if left unchecked, a government official said.

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UPDATE 1-Cargill profit jumps on strong meat demand, big U.S. crops

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Global commodities trader Cargill Inc on Tuesday reported a sharply higher adjusted quarterly profit led by strong results from its beef and turkey businesses and robust demand for North American grain and oilseed crops.

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Kenyan farmers develop taste for insects as drought hurts crops

WERU, Kenya, Jan 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The knee-high dome on Ikung'u Kathimbu's farm in Weru village, eastern Kenya, shelters an unusual crop: a termite swarm.

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USDA switches destinations for U.S. soy to China, other buyers

CHICAGO, Jan 6 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean export sales hit a marketing-year low last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday in a report that revealed China and other importers will take crops previously listed as sold to undisclosed buyers.

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Severe frost may damage Ukraine's winter grain crops: analyst

KIEV (Reuters) - An expected sharp fall in temperatures in Ukraine could damage the country's winter grain crops because of a lack of snow cover on the fields, analyst UkrAgroConsult said on Thursday.

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Commodity trader ED&F Man acquires UK pulses specialist Maviga

PARIS, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Agricultural commodity trading group ED&F Man has acquired Maviga Plc, a British firm specialising in pulses, as it targets rising demand for protein crops for use in food, the companies said on Wednesday.

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RPT-U.S. wheat farmers fret over failing market hedges as incomes slump

CHICAGO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Kansas wheat farmer Michael Jordan is breaking with a century-old tradition grain producers have trusted to protect their businesses: He has stopped using futures to hedge risks to his crops.

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BRIEF-BASF says Engenia herbicide approved for use in the USA

* Product will be available for use on dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton crops for the 2017 season in North America Source text - http://on.basf.com/2hZDGVv Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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Forecasting, commodity futures, new crops needed to break Southern Africa's cycle of hunger

ROME, Dec 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Breaking the cycle of drought and hunger in Southern Africa, where 39 million people are suffering a drought-induced food crisis, will need better early warning systems, switching to new crops and hedging commodity prices, food experts said on Friday.

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Egypt's beekeepers under threat as economy slumps

SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt's beekeepers say their hives are under threat because of a shortage of sugar, as are the flowers and crops that their bees pollinate.

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Sahel countries in race against time to regreen Africa's spreading desert

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The areas surrounding the Sahara desert which decades ago were covered with forests, crops and grasslands, can be restored - a significant chunk of them by 2030 - agriculture experts said after viewing the results of a detailed survey of the region.

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Canada may ban farm pesticide that harms midges, mayflies

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada may ban an insect-killing chemical used to protect crops because it harms aquatic bugs, including midges and mayflies, while the government continues to investigate whether imidacloprid poses a risk to bees.

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UPDATE 1-Canada may ban farm pesticide that harms midges, mayflies

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Canada may ban an insect-killing chemical used to protect crops because it harms aquatic bugs, including midges and mayflies, while the government continues to investigate whether imidacloprid poses a risk to bees.

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Canada may phase out farm pesticide that harms midges, mayflies

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A Canadian government agency recommends phasing out an insect-killing chemical used on farms to protect crops, saying that it also harms aquatic bugs, including midges and mayflies.

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FEATURE-As crops fail, savings could stop women hitting the road in Myanmar

MEIKTILA, Myanmar, Nov 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ma Nwe places a rock the size of a baseball at her feet, then tightens the string holding her bamboo hat in place.

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In a California Valley, Healthy Food Everywhere but on the Table

The Salinas Valley, known as the salad bowl of the nation, is struggling with poverty and malnutrition among the migrant farmworkers who harvest its crops.

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UPDATE 1-India offers credit facility to support farmers hit by cash clampdown

NEW DELHI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The Indian government on Wednesday offered a credit line to support millions of farmers who have been left short of cash to buy seeds and fertilisers for their winter crops after its decision to cancel 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes.

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India to disburse $3.07 bln to farmers - official

NEW DELHI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The Indian government has allowed a state-run lender to disburse 210 billion rupees ($3.07 billion) to farmers to help them sow winter crops such as wheat, a top finance ministry official told reporters on Wednesday.

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Strict approvals needed for gene-edited crops: German minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union should apply strict approval standards to new generations of gene-edited crops similar to those for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Germany's junior environment minister said on Tuesday.

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FEATURE-Patriarchal attitudes stymie Kenya's laws to give women land rights

NAIROBI, Nov 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tabitha Karimi could barely hide her delight at the thought of a bumper harvest as she took part in training on how to farm with crops specially adapted to the region, after many years of poor harvests in Tharaka in eastern Kenya.

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Indian farmers fear lost crops and income after "black money" move

BAJNA, India, Nov 18 (Reuters) - For Indian farmer Buddha Singh, who works a small plot of land in the village of Bajna south of New Delhi, the government's decision to abolish 500 and 1,000 rupee...

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With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

By altering photosynthesis in tobacco, researchers improved the plant’s production, a method they hope will prove successful in food crops.

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As oil palm expands, African nations agree to protect forests

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Central and West African countries have promised to protect their tropical forests from being cut down to make way for palm oil crops, in a declaration signed on Wednesday by governments representing more than 70 percent of Africa's tropical forests.

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UPDATE 1-French farmers near end of maize harvest, wheat sowing

* Nearly all soft wheat, barley crops in good shape (Adds details)

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South Africa's wild game breeders count mounting costs of drought

WOLMARANSSTAD, South Africa, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A drought that has hit crops and economic growth in South Africa is also causing pain for specialist game ranchers who breed animals like antelope and buffalo to cater for tourists and hunters.

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China seeks to soothe concerns over illegal GM crops

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's tough supervision of unapproved genetically modified (GM) crops will allow for commercialization of such foods in the future, said an agriculture ministry official this week, defending a recent crackdown on illegally grown GM corn.

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Famine looms in South Sudan as war threatens harvest: WFP

GENEVA (Reuters) - Famine may be looming in South Sudan, where people are fleeing fighting and leaving their crops to rot in the fields, the World Food Programme said on Friday.

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WFP very concerned about threat of famine in South Sudan

GENEVA, Nov 4 (Reuters) - The World Food Programme is very concerned about the threat of famine in South Sudan, where people are fleeing from the conflict and leaving their crops to rot in the field, WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said on Friday.

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German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), government sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Bunge's third-quarter profit plunges nearly 50 pct

Nov 2 (Reuters) - U.S. agricultural products trader Bunge Ltd reported a nearly 50 percent fall in third-quarter profit on Wednesday, hit by smaller-than-expected soybean and corn crops in South America.