France finds mild bird flu strain in southwest

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France has found a case of mild H5N1 bird flu in the southwest of the country, an official report showed on Monday, the same region that has been hit this month by a more virulent strain of the disease.

Bird flu has spread across Europe in recent weeks, forcing some farmers to slaughter flocks or keep them indoors, and its return to France is a setback for poultry producers recovering from an epidemic a year ago.

GRAINS-U.S. wheat, corn and soy futures weaken after Friday rally

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By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures weakened on Monday, setting back from a two-day rally after snow in key growing areas during the weekend boosted prospects for the dormant winter wheat crop, traders said.

Germany/Futtermittel - Feeds prices - December 12

German Grain Cash Prices Dec 12 Lowest known bids in EUR/t, delivered. At local time 11:30 GMT. Barley, min 62-63 kg/hl Hamburg,Eur/t,Delivered bid offers change Delivered Hamburg Dec 16 148,00 153,00 -0.50 Delivered Hamburg Jan 17 149,00 154,00 0.00 Ex Store Saxony Thüringen Dec 16 126,00 131,00 -0.50 Ex Store Saxony Thüringen Jan 17 127,00 132,00 0.00 Wheat, A-quality, 13 % min Protein, Hagberg 275 Hamburg,Eur/t,Delivered

Most of Ukraine's winter grain crops are in good state - analyst

KIEV, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Around 83 percent of Ukrainian winter grain crops are in a good and satisfactory condition as of Dec. 8, analyst UkrAgroConsult said on Monday. WINTER GRAIN CROP CONDITION, DEC.8 emerged (ha) good satisfactory weak (%) (%) (%) winter wheat 5,532,600 38.7 44.7 16.6 (93.6%) winter barley 806,700 31.3 43.9 24.8 (91.4%)

GRAINS-Soybeans, wheat and corn down as focus moves to high supplies

* Large world inventories seen by USDA * Strong dollar also weighs on prices * Dryness in Argentina limits soybean losses (Writes through after start of European trading, changes byline/dateline) By Michael Hogan and Naveen Thukral HAMBURG/SINGAPORE, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Chicago soybeans, wheat and corn fell on Monday as attention focused on the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts of hefty world inventories and bumper crops. "Soybeans, wheat and corn are seeing weakness today after the USDA report on


Stine Seed Gives U.S. Soy Farmers a Rare Chance to Replant GMO Seeds

By Tom Polansek

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Major producers of genetically modified seeds, including Monsanto Co and Bayer AG, have long barred U.S. farmers from saving seeds after harvest to replant - a condition that allows the companies to charge every year for the technology.

Now, a smaller challenger, Stine Seed, wants to disrupt that practice.

Next year, family-owned Stine says it will give about 200 farmers in a pilot program the chance to replant genetically modified soybean seeds. The program is expanding after launching this year with about 50 farmers.

REFILE--Cows and rice paddies boost methane emissions -study

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* Methane concentrations shot up much faster in 2014-15

* Cattle, rice paddies, fossil fuel drilling main culprits

By Geert De Clercq

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Global methane emissions from agriculture and other sources have surged in recent years, threatening efforts to slow climate change, an international study has found.

S.Korea temporarily bans movement of poultry to fight bird flu

SEOUL, Dec 12 (Reuters) - South Korea's agriculture ministry said on Monday it will issue a temporary nationwide ban on the transportation of poultry to contain the spread of bird flu, with 43 outbreaks recorded in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement that the movement control order will be effective for 48 hours, from 1500 GMT on Monday or midnight in Seoul.

GRAINS-Soybeans up for 2nd day on concerns over Argentina dryness

* Soybeans gain for 4 out of 5 sessions, corn eases after rally * Market building in weather premium in beans on Argentina dryness (Adds comment, detail) By Naveen Thukral SINGAPORE, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Chicago soybeans extended gains on Monday, rising for four out five sessions with hot and dry weather in parts of Argentina's oilseed belt buoying the market. Corn was unchanged after last session's rally as prices were capped by ample global supply, while wheat edged lower after two days of gains. "Southern Argentina is forecast to receive some rain today

GRAINS-Soybeans extend gains on Argentina weather concerns

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. soybeans rose on Monday as dry weather concerns in Argentina underpinned the second consecutive session of gains. FUNDAMENTALS * The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.6 percent to $10.43-3/4 a bushel, having firmed 1 percent on Friday. * The most active corn futures fell 0.14 percent to $3.59 a bushel, having gained 1.7 percent in the previous session. * The most active wheat futures fell 0.3 percent to $4.15 a bushel, having closed up 1.96 percent on Friday.