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 AGRICULTURE, FISHING, FORESTRY

  Thursday, 30-Oct-2014 08:11 EDT
CBOT lower on Egypt unrest
CHICAGO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Grain futures prices were down at the close Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade as uncertainty in Egypt pressured markets.

Russian icebreaker rescue near success
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An icebreaker rescue operation off Russia's Far East is nearly complete, a shipping company says.

U.S. alfalfa decision faces court threat
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Washington is endangering consumer and farmer rights and hurting the environment by green-lighting genetically modified alfalfa, a public-health group said.

Britain unveils plan to lease public woods
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Thousands of acres of British woodland would be leased to commercial interests under a plan unveiled Thursday by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

Critics: Shark fishing nations fail pledge
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Many countries whose fishing fleets take large numbers of sharks have failed to meet a pledge on conserving the species, a wildlife advocacy group says.

Grains futures mixed Thursday
CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Grain futures were mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Thursday as traders considered weekly export figures and a dollar index that dropped 0.25 percent..

U.N. warns of Asian foot-and-mouth threat
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency says it is warning veterinary and border authorities in Asia of a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Republic of Korea.

Grain pest intercepted at Texas port
HOUSTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. agriculture specialists in Galveston, Texas, intercepted a vessel infested with one of the world's most destructive pests this month, port officials said.

Top Obama YouTube questions: Legalize pot
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The top questions Americans want to ask U.S. President Barack Obama on YouTube Thursday deal with legalizing marijuana, a review of the questions indicated.

Agave seen as excellent biofuel source
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Agave, cultivated for alcoholic beverages and for fiber, could be used as a sustainable biofuel feedstock, U.S. researchers say.

Timber smuggling rife in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Smugglers are using political unrest in the Kashmir region of India to conceal their increasing operations in the black-market timber trade, officials said.

Grain futures rebound Wednesday
CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Grain prices rebounded on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday with help from a weaker dollar and a huge soybean order from China.

Missouri dog welfare law under fire
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Missouri legislators are moving to block a voter-approved crackdown on so-called puppy-mill dog-breeding.

Grain futures drop Tuesday, except wheat
CHICAGO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Wheat futures held steady on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday, but corn, oats and soybeans lost ground despite the dollar index dropping 0.14 percent.

Grain futures mixed Monday
CHICAGO, D.C., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Grain futures closed mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Friday with the dollar index dropping 0.25 percent.

Mexican trucks could see roadblock lifted
HOUSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has proposed new rules that would give Mexican truck drivers permission to drive on U.S. roads beyond the current 25-mile limit.

Bird flu detected on Japanese chicken farm
MIYAZAKI, Japan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The slaughter of more than 10,000 chickens was ordered Saturday on a Japanese farm after avian influenza was detected in six birds, officials said.

Corn, wheat, oats make gains Friday
CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Grain futures closed mostly higher on the Chicago Board of Trade Friday with prices for corn, wheat and oats making gains as the dollar index fell 0.89 percent.

U.N. report: Women lag in ag job benefits
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Women still lag behind men in reaping benefits from agriculture employment in rural areas, three U.N. agencies said in a report released in New York.

Russia halts imports of pigs from Germany
MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Russia says it has banned the import of live pigs from Germany for fattening and slaughter over fears of contamination with toxic dioxins.

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