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Feb 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress failed to pass a stopgap
funding measure to avert a government shutdown before a midnight
deadline on Thursday, technically triggering the start of a
The shutdown may be brief if the Senate and House of
Representatives move quickly in the early morning hours of
Friday, possibly ending before the start of the federal workday.
If an actual shutdown results, here are some facts on what
is likely to happen to thousands of federal employees:
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 9 (Reuters) - South Africa's Pioneer Food
Group reported on Friday a 2.4 percent drop in turnover
for the three months ended December, largely due to sales price
deflation in soft commodities.
"Maize price realisation contracted materially with wheaten
products and rice also seeing deflation, albeit to a lesser
extent," the firm said in a statement.
Excluding Nigeria, group turnover fell by 3.3 percent.
* Up to 4 US cargoes cancelled in January -trade source
* Comes in wake of tougher controls on processing GM corn
* US corn is mostly genetically modified, Ukrainian crops
* Could open another front in Sino-U.S. trade tensions
By Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton
SINGAPORE, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A flour miller in Indonesia
bought 50,000 tonnes of Black Sea-origin wheat this week for
shipment in March, two traders said.
The deal for wheat with 11.5 percent protein was signed at
$225 a tonne, including cost and freight.
Flour mills in Asia are seeking Black Sea wheat for
shipments in March-April, typically the peak marketing season
for the Australian crop, because of ample global supplies and
(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
MOSCOW, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov
said on Friday that Russian businessmen were welcome to raise
their concerns about a U.S. report on people close to the
Kremlin with President Vladimir Putin at a meeting later on
Peskov told reporters on a conference call that the
so-called "oligarch list" could hardly be called positive.
* Corn, wheat ease after multi-month highs on Thursday
* Soybeans lower after one-week high
* Argentine, U.S. droughts stay in focus after USDA report
* CONAB cut to Brazil corn crop outlook adds supply risk
German Grain Cash Prices Feb 9
Lowest known bids in EUR/t, delivered.
At local time 11:30 GMT.
Barley, min 62-63 kg/hl
bid offers change
Delivered Hamburg Feb 18 160,00 165,00 0.00
Delivered Hamburg Mar 18 160,00 165,00 0.00
Ex Store Saxony Thüringen Feb 18 144,00 149,00 0.00
Wheat, A-quality, 13 % min
Protein, Hagberg 275
BEIJING, Feb 9 (Reuters) -
* China's top corn-growing region Heilongjiang aims to add 5 million tonnes of corn processing capacity this year, the state news agency said on Friday
* Province is also aiming to build new corn ethanol plants, it said
A major winter storm barreled into Chicago and Milwaukee early on Friday, dumping heavy snow and dropping temperatures well below freezing.
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CAPE TOWN, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Poor rains and crop
infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger
across the region, with millions of people, particularly
children, at risk, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on
"Given that the region has barely emerged from three years
of very damaging El Nino-induced drought, this is a particularly
cruel blow," Brian Bogart, WFP's regional programme advisor,
said in a statement.