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  1. August 19, 2014

    Cotton slides on bumper US harvests

    The cotton market has unravelled, leading agricultural commodities downward as prices decline in the face of record global...

  2. August 12, 2014

    Corn drops on record output forecasts

    Record US production forecasts for corn and soyabeans pushed prices lower as near-perfect weather conditions continued to...

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  1. July 11, 2014

    Record crop forecast hits soyabeans

    Soyabean markets went into freefall after a government report lifted supply estimates for the world’s most widely grown...

  2. July 10, 2014

    Corn price wilts on bumper crop forecast

    The prospect of a colossal 1bn-tonne global corn crop has sent the price of the grain below $4 per bushel for the first time...

  3. June 30, 2014

    Soyabeans tumble on record US planting

    Extremely low stocks and high prices for soyabeans have prompted US farmers to sow what could be their biggest crop ever,...

  4. June 25, 2014

    Blockbuster US harvest prospects leave corn bulls in short supply

    The chances of finding a bull in a maize field are near zero right now. With each passing week, a blockbuster harvest of...

  5. June 12, 2014

    Corn prices flirt with multiyear lows

    There is a technical term traders may use right now for the chart of the Chicago Board of Trade’s December 2014 corn futures...

  6. May 27, 2014

    Meat price hikes to hit summer barbecue appetite

    Barbecue aficionados preparing to fire up the charcoal this summer are in for a shock as the price of pork ribs and steak...

  7. May 23, 2014

    Cotton dips on rain-boosted harvest hopes

    Rains in the high plains of west Texas have waterlogged the cotton market as traders predicted a larger harvest from the...

  8. May 18, 2014

    Health craze whips up prices for egg whites

    A run on egg whites in the US food industry has made prices sizzle for the sticky ingredient, stirring up turbulence for...

  9. May 6, 2014

    Soyabeans slip on South American harvest

    Soyabean prices fell to a three-week low after signs that production from South America is set to improve eased concerns...

  10. May 2, 2014

    City living is good for you

    Here’s a pattern familiar to all of us: a retired married couple with an empty nest sell their overpriced home in the city...

  11. April 23, 2014

    China to become top corn importer in 2020

    China becoming the world’s largest corn importer has always been a question of when, not if – a point underlined by the...

  12. April 11, 2014

    Population growth in sub-Saharan Africa raises food supply alarm

    When Harry Harrison published Make Room!, Make Room! in 1966 – a dystopian vision of an overpopulated world of 7bn people...

  13. April 9, 2014

    Population of rural America continues to fall

    The years 2010–13 mark the first extended period of depopulation in rural and exurban America, although the latest figures...

  14. March 31, 2014

    US set for soyabean planting spree

    The rural US will feature a record expanse of green soyabean fields this spring, Washington said, as tight supplies of the...

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    March 12, 2014

    Times are sweet for Mexico exports

    Sweet news for Mexico’s sugar exporters: the government’s anti-obesity campaigns mean exports are booming. According to data...

  16. January 10, 2014

    Corn climbs on supply weakness surprise

    Corn prices jumped after the world’s biggest grower reported slightly less supply than expected. The publication of several...

  17. December 29, 2013

    US farmers face difficult 2014 after reaping record year

    US farmers are becoming gripped by anxiety even as they close the books on their best financial year. A twin threat of...

  18. December 11, 2013

    Tight markets make beef a luxury

    The Sunday roast is off the menu for an increasing number of British consumers as UK beef prices have soared to record...

  19. November 26, 2013

    Food prices fall as record crop forecast

    Food prices have dropped further from last year’s record highs as farmers encountered favourable weather around the globe,...

  20. beyondbrics

    November 21, 2013

    Moët Hennessy's Chandon: now made in India

    “A bright and fresh fruit bouquet of citrus blossom, green apple with hints of tropical fruits and vanilla.” It’s the sort...

  21. November 20, 2013

    Deere looks to construction to offset tractor slump

    Deere & Co has offered a more bullish outlook than expected for 2014, saying increased sales of construction equipment would...

  22. November 20, 2013

    Lemon supply squeeze fears ease – for now

    Worries of a supply squeeze on lemons are over, for now. Lemon prices in the US, which almost doubled to $2.68 per kg in...

  23. November 14, 2013

    Commodities: A sweet deal

    The US government’s vast assets include office buildings, mineral resources, aircraft carriers and national parks. This year...

  24. November 11, 2013

    ‘Rural America’ slow to recover

    Employment growth in the US’s sparsely populated heartland has stagnated since the economy began to recover in 2010,...

  25. November 8, 2013

    Corn jumps on strong US demand forecast

    Corn and soyabean prices rose after the US government acknowledged more ample supplies had encouraged consumers from chicken...

  26. November 5, 2013

    Cotton prices hang by a thread amid talk of China stockpile sale

    Cotton prices have hit a 10-month low as expectations that China is gearing up to release a massive stockpile that has...

  27. October 11, 2013

    Grain forecaster steps into shutdown void and releases estimates

    One of the oldest agricultural forecasters has voluntarily made public details of its surveys for the first time as the US...

  28. October 3, 2013

    US shutdown stymies pig trading

    The partial US government shutdown has left the $97bn domestic pig market groping in the dark after crucial price...

  29. September 30, 2013

    Corn price slumps to three-year low

    Corn prices slumped to the lowest in three years after US government surveyors counted bigger grain piles than expected,...

  30. September 18, 2013

    Grain prices add to farmers’ clout

    Argentina’s farmers are hoarding soyabeans . Months after harvest, sales have been slow in the world’s top exporter of the...

  31. September 12, 2013

    US soyabeans hit by Midwest heatwave

    Soyabean futures rose and corn fell after the US government revealed a blast of heat in the nation’s midsection last month...

  32. September 2, 2013

    US struggles with sugar surplus

    The US government is struggling to shore up the domestic sugar market as it tries to stave off federal loan defaults by...

  33. August 19, 2013

    Beijing’s rice subsidies buoy imports

    According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “without rice, even the cleverest housewife cannot cook”. Today, housewives around...

  34. August 13, 2013

    Bumper grain crop to weigh on prices

    The US drought of 2012, the worst since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, is finally releasing its grip on world...

  35. August 12, 2013

    Grains jump as US trims crop forecasts

    Grain markets leapt after a widely followed government agency trimmed forecasts for the US corn and soyabean crops, leaving...

  36. August 2, 2013

    Grain prices soften on huge crop hopes

    Grain prices are softening as a balmy US growing season suggests massive crops will replenish depleted global stockpiles....

  37. beyondbrics

    July 24, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Eurozone edges back into growth in July * iPhone sales boost Apple shares * Jindal brothers vie for control of Stemcor’s...

  38. July 24, 2013

    China question divides wheat bulls and bears

    It is the million dollar question that is dividing wheat bulls and bears at the moment: how much grain will China need to...

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