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May 8, 1985 | From Associated Press
Soybean futures prices were lower and grains were steady on the Chicago Board of Trade. Soybean prices came under pressure late in the session after soybean oil prices broke. Dale Gustafson, a grain analyst in Chicago with Drexel Burnham Lambert, said selling developed in the oil pit when traders who had bought contracts in previous sessions sold them to take profits.
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May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Monsanto Co. and other companies that patent seeds may prohibit farmers from growing a second crop from their genetically modified seeds, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously. The closely watched decision was a clear victory for agribusiness giants and their biotechnological innovations, which have increased crop yields. But it was a setback for the many disgruntled farmers who have complained about the high cost of these miracle seeds. By a 9-0 vote, the justices decided the patent for a specialized seed outlives the first planting.
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April 2, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Bouncing down a dirt road a couple of summers ago, past a gentle patchwork of barnyards and soybean fields in central Iowa, farmer Kent Friedrichsen strained over the steering wheel of his van and stared through the windshield in dismay. His soybean fields, where he'd used seeds developed by Monsanto Co. and sprayed with its popular glyphosate weed killer Roundup Ready, were littered with yellowed leaves and dead plants. Four days earlier, the plants had been waist high and emerald green.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Daesang America Inc. is recalling  packages of sesame- and garlic-flavored mixed soy bean paste because they may contain undeclared peanuts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People who are allergic to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products, according to the FDA. The packages were sold in stores nationwide, and online. No injury or illness has yet been reported. "The product comes in a 500 gram (17.64 ounce)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001
"In Heartland, Some Recipes for Disaster" (May 13) begged a question. The article quotes Oregonian Matt Brucknell, "There's no tofu on the menu here," in Kansas City. Tofu, soy milk, vegetarian sausages (to name a few) all have the soybean as a core ingredient. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Midwest an important soybean-growing region? If so, some of those soybeans may become fodder for hogs and steers, but perhaps some become tofu. Would proud soybean farmers have us believe that their products are fine for swine and cattle but unfit for human consumption?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1999
Several years ago The Times ran an article offering the opinion of a researcher that man descended from "killer apes." It caused a big stink in the religious community. Around the same time, The Times ran a brief blurb that noted that man was a distant relative of the soybean. This didn't seem to cause any uproar, perhaps because it was brief, several pages back, and didn't refer to the plants as killer soybeans. Anyway, the articles inspired me to write a poem. I think its time has come: Evolution Pollution Man descends from Killer Apes And that explains our mania.
NEWS
May 11, 1989
The Agriculture Department is weighing a request from the Soviet Union to buy up to 500,000 tons of soybean oil at subsidized prices. If the deal is approved, it would be the first time the United States has subsidized the sale of a farm commodity other than wheat to the Soviets. But the proposed deal is caught up in a web of complex foreign policy and economic issues, sources told the Washington Post. Soybean farmers and processors have written President Bush urging that the Administration make the sale.
BUSINESS
June 5, 1985 | From Associated Press
Rainy weather buoyed wheat futures trading Tuesday, but the dampness helped sink corn and soybean prices in light volume on the Chicago Board of Trade, traders said. Early in the day, new lows were reached for corn contracts for delivery in September, December and March, and for all soybean contracts except July's.
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August 13, 1985 | From Associated Press
Grain and soybean futures prices were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade, but a government report confirmed traders expectations that a bumper crop is in the fields. Prices advanced in light trading and analysts said the dominant factor was anticipation of the Agriculture Department's first forecast for the size of the corn and soybean crops, which was released after the close of trading.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects domestic supplies of corn and soybeans will be tight in the next year as the worst drought in decades continues to parch most U.S. states. In its monthly crop report, the USDA reduced its corn production forecast to 10.706 billion bushels, slightly down from last month's projection of 10.727 billion. Illustrating the price squeeze on producers, one of California's largest turkey farmers, Zacky Farms, filed for bankruptcy protection this week, blaming skyrocketing feed costs.
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September 1, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. - Eight grim-faced men sit in a cramped, impromptu war room in the shadow of a levee on the Mississippi River. With laptops opened to Web pages of the National Weather Service and the Army Corps of Engineers, the group of farmers, grain brokers and barge operators is engaged in what humans have grappled with for more than 200 years in the Mississippi Delta: puzzling out the latest blow from a stubborn river that refuses every...
BUSINESS
August 19, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Construction laborer Yi Jichun has never heard of Illinois or Iowa. But the migrant worker's favorite comfort food comes straight out of the U.S. Midwest: soybean oil. The world's biggest consumers of edible oils, Chinese households have developed a taste for the stuff that would make a county fair fry cook proud. Be it a simple stir-fry, poached fish or deep-fried pork ribs, many Chinese diners love their grub covered in an oily sheen. Jugs of the golden liquid make popular gifts for Chinese New Year.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
  California might not be dry as a bone, but with the drought throughout most of the rest of the nation, it might as well be. The drought is pushing up the cost of meat and milk and other dairy products for the state's consumers. That's because the cost of feed for California cattle, poultry and hog farmers is soaring as Midwest farms face a shortage of corn and soybean - key feed ingredients. The higher prices won't hit the grocery shelves for a few months, but when they do, consumers will be paying 10% to 15% more for milk, beef and poultry, farmers and economists said.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
As the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to bake the nation's breadbasket, soybean futures have risen to record prices. The unrelenting heat has damaged the country's soybean crop and fields are in their worst condition since 1988, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week. Soybean futures for November delivery rose Thursday 1.8%, to $16.49 a bushel, at the Chicago Board of Trade. The previous record price was $16.37 in July 2008. Soybean-meal futures for December delivery also rose by almost 2%, to $487.80 for 2,000 pounds.
WORLD
August 12, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
As a kid, fifth-generation Argentine cattleman Mario Caceres often dressed up in a beret, bandanna and baggy pants called chiripas to emulate his country's gauchos, the nomadic cowboys who once ruled the Pampas and who still symbolize rugged independence, chivalry and expert horsemanship. His head full of the romantic tradition of the gaucho, glorified in songs and the epic poem "El Gaucho Martin Fierro," Caceres built a successful ranching business that once totaled 1,600 head of Angus, one of the breeds that made the name "Argentina" synonymous with beef.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1985 | From Associated Press
Wheat and soybeans futures prices were higher and corn prices were fractionally lower in light volume Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Traders said the market responded to the ups and downs of the U.S. dollar. Analysts said futures prices were lower at the start of trading, especially in the soybean pit, because of a stronger U.S. dollar, which makes U.S. farm exports more expensive. But as the dollar weakened during the day, grains and soybeans prices rose.
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June 4, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Prospective Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Saturday that he won't try to compete in the Iowa caucuses early next year. Huntsman, responding to a voter's question, said he is opposed to federal agricultural and ethanol subsidies. Such financial support is a make-or-break issue in Iowa, which grows nearly one-fifth of the nation's corn and 15% of its soybeans. "I'm not competing in Iowa for a reason. I don't believe in subsidies that prop up corn, soybeans" and ethanol, he said.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Bouncing down a dirt road a couple of summers ago, past a gentle patchwork of barnyards and soybean fields in central Iowa, farmer Kent Friedrichsen strained over the steering wheel of his van and stared through the windshield in dismay. His soybean fields, where he'd used seeds developed by Monsanto Co. and sprayed with its popular glyphosate weed killer Roundup Ready, were littered with yellowed leaves and dead plants. Four days earlier, the plants had been waist high and emerald green.
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