Hungary's Oct farm PPI jumps to more than 4-yr-high -stats

BUDAPEST, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hungarian agricultural producer
prices rose by an annual 7.3 percent in October after a 5.5
percent increase in September, posting the fastest increase
since May 2013, data showed on Friday.

Vegetable, fruit and cereals prices rose by 8 percent from
the previous year in October, the Central Statistics Office
(KSH) said, bolstered by an 11-percent jump in wheat prices.
Apple prices more than doubled, it said.

Sea change: LNG tankers divert to China as winter gas shortage bites

* China's LNG demand soars as households switch to gas for
heating

* Japan re-exports LNG to China in unusual move

* Tankers from the Americas divert to China

* North Asia braces for frigid winter as La Nina starts

* Supply crunch pushes up LNG prices, tanker rates

By Henning Gloystein and Keith Wallis

Missouri issues first fines over misuse of farm chemical in 2016

By Tom Polansek

CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Missouri has issued its first
fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to
be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop
damage this year, the state said on Thursday.

Authorities fined eight people a total of $145,125 for
improperly spraying the chemical known as dicamba, used to kill
weeds, in what Missouri called "the first wave of civil
penalties issued to applicators," according to a statement.

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U.S. trade chief hails WTO splinter groups as victory

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization
failed to conclude any new agreements at its biennial meeting
this week, but U.S. President Donald Trump's trade chief is
hailing as a victory the formation of factions by some WTO
countries to push their own interests.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a
statement on Thursday that the ministerial conference in Buenos
Aires "will be remembered as the moment when the impasse at the
WTO was broken."

LIVESTOCK-CME live cattle rebound; shorts cover, funds buy

By Theopolis Waters
CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live
cattle futures closed higher on Thursday after short-covering
and fund buying pared Wednesday's losses, said traders.
Expectations for steady to weaker prices for
slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle by Friday pulled futures from
morning highs, they said.
December live cattle finished up 0.625 cent per
pound at 116.275 cents, and above the 10-day moving average of
116.040 cents. February ended 0.775 cent higher at
119.150 cents.

Argentine drought could reduce 2017/18 soy planting area -exchange

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 14 (Reuters) - A drought that has blighted
Argentina's Pampas farm belt since November could provoke a cut
in estimated 2017/18 soybean planting area, the Buenos Aires
Grains Exchange said on Thursday.

The exchange's soy area estimate is 18.1 million hectares,
1.1 million hectares of which were sown over the previous seven
days, the exchange said in its weekly crop report.

GRAINS-U.S. soybeans drop 1.2 pct; wheat firms, corn slips

(Updates with closing prices, adds analyst quote)

By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures sagged to
their lowest in more than two months on Thursday, weighed down
by forecasts for much-needed rains in Argentina, traders said.

Wheat futures closed firm, supported by strong export data,
while corn slipped.

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