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    1. August 25, 2015

      US farm incomes cut by half as low grain prices bite

      An extended run of low grain prices will slash US farm incomes by more than half from their peak, the government said,...

    2. August 18, 2015

      Wood Group: hats off

      In the US, pulling a rabbit from a hat, never easy, has recently become a lot harder. After 2012, the US Department of...

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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. July 19, 2015

      Craft beer brewers caught on the hop by soaring temperatures

      Hops-loving hipsters watch out. The craft beer industry is on high alert as blistering heat is hitting key growing...

    2. June 30, 2015

      Grain prices rise as tighter supply looms

      Corn and soyabean markets surged, capping a month of strong gains, after a pair of government reports suggested less...

    3. June 26, 2015

      Wheat futures jump on weather worries

      Wheat rose more than 6 per cent to a six-month high with demand sparked by bad weather in leading growing regions and...

    4. June 25, 2015

      Rain delays to US planting lift corn and soya prices

      Fields too wet to drive a tractor, corn stalks flattened by gusts, submerged silos: wild weather in the US Midwest has...

    5. June 17, 2015

      Global cotton futures contract clears hurdle

      Intercontinental Exchange moved a step closer to listing a new cotton futures contract linked to delivery points around...

    6. May 14, 2015

      US fears over China clampdown on sorghum

      The surging US sorghum trade with China could face a clampdown from authorities in Beijing, who are trying to reduce...

    7. April 8, 2015

      Argentine soyabean ‘stocks bubble’ set to burst

      Argentina’s soyabean “stocks bubble” is about to burst as the country’s farmers are set to sell their crops to support...

    8. April 7, 2015

      Sorghum and barley become grain crops du jour

      Sorghum and barley have become the crops du jour for US grains farmers thanks to surging demand from China. Those who...

    9. April 5, 2015

      FAO makes 15% upward revision of China corn stocks

      Concerns that China’s import needs for corn may have been vastly overestimated have been reinforced after the country’s...

    10. March 31, 2015

      Corn dips after surprise on US inventories

      Grain markets diverged after the US government indicated that corn supplies would remain ample for months to come,...

    11. March 26, 2015

      Global grain trade hits all-time high

      The global grain trade rose to an all-time high last year thanks to international buying of barley and sorghum,...

    12. February 26, 2015

      USDA slashes China corn import forecast

      The perils of forecasting the Chinese agricultural market came to the fore earlier this month when the US Department of...

    13. February 19, 2015

      US farmers forecast to plant less

      US farmers will plant less land with major crops this year as grain and oilseed prices grind lower, the US government...

    14. January 20, 2015

      Lower fracking demand hits Guar bean farmers

      What do bean farmers in India’s Rajasthan and US sand miners in Wisconsin have in common? They have been the...

    15. January 12, 2015

      US corn stocks bulge to most on record

      US grain silos are bulging with the most corn on record after last year’s huge harvest, adding to the drag on...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. September 23, 2014

      Commodities: Cereal excess

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

    22. 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...

    23. 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....

    24. 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....

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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