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    1. December 17, 2014

      Coffee hit by higher Brazil forecasts

      Coffee prices were hit after Brazilian 2015 production forecasts from Volcafe, the Swiss trader, which were at the higher...

    2. November 20, 2014

      Food supply: Uncharted waters

      Under drizzly skies on the west coast of Norway, Thor Halvor Nygaard surveys the fish in the pens floating in the country’s...

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    1. The Business of Global Food Security

      As evidence mounts that climate change will affect crop yields, what can businesses, g...
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    1. October 7, 2014

      Grain rallies as traders rush to buy

      Grain prices rallied as traders closed their bearish positions ahead of a key monthly production report, with wheat jumping...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Pay attention to your gut bacteria

      A recent study in Israel showing that artificial sweeteners could actually result in weight gain caught my attention. Not...

    3. September 30, 2014

      Low US soyabean stocks fail to halt price slide

      A report revealing the lowest US soyabean stockpiles in more than four decades failed to arrest a steep price slide for the...

    4. September 23, 2014

      Commodities: Cereal excess

      Towering like a missile above the Illinois prairie town of Monticello, the galvanised metal silo that Topflight Grain...

    5. September 12, 2014

      Commodities index tumbles to five-year low

      One of the world’s leading indices for commodities has dropped to its lowest level in five years, casting doubt over renewed...

    6. beyondbrics

      September 12, 2014

      India to overtake China as world's biggest cotton producer

      Until about a decade ago India was barely producing enough cotton to meet its own needs, let alone export the stuff. But...

    7. August 28, 2014

      ‘Crop tourists’ predict record corn and soyabean harvests

      Every August, travellers with a high tolerance for monotony flock to the two-lane highways of the rural US Midwest. Tracing...

    8. August 26, 2014

      Grain prices slide to cut US farm incomes

      A slide in grain prices will cut US farm income sharply from last year’s record levels, official projections show,...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. beyondbrics

      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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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