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    1. May 3, 2016

      Food traders stuck in the hard times

      A recent bout of poor weather has damaged South America’s corn and soyabean crops, and this has provided a rare reason...

    2. April 14, 2016

      China could face paper losses of over $10bn on its corn reserves

      The Chinese government could face paper losses of more than $10bn on its state-owned corn reserves as it shakes up its...

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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. April 7, 2016

      US farmers stampede into corn despite low prices

      US corn bins are well stocked, grain markets are in a funk and economists warn of struggles ahead for farmers. But Kent...

    2. April 4, 2016

      Corn planting confounds bull expectations

      In the week to March 29, speculators trimmed their net short positions in Chicago Board of Trade corn futures by 25 per...

    3. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      US farmers to plant most acres of corn since '13

      The lowest prices in years aren’t dissuading farmers from sowing more corn, the US government said in a report that...

    4. March 29, 2016

      China pledges to end corn stockpiling

      China has pledged to eliminate a costly corn stockpiling policy that has hit world markets and left it with more than a...

    5. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Lawmakers scrutinise Chinese buyouts of US firms

      There is yet more evidence of the political scrutiny facing Chinese acquisitions of assets in the US. Surfacing today...

    6. March 2, 2016

      China brewer sale clears path to AB InBev’s £71bn SABMiller deal

      AB InBev moved a step closer to completing its £71bn takeover of SABMiller, after China Resources Beer agreed to buy...

    7. January 25, 2016

      Cattlemen lock horns with futures exchange over market volatility

      Cowboys and Flash Boys are headed for a showdown as savage price swings whip Chicago’s cattle futures market. A US beef...

    8. January 12, 2016

      Grain prices rally on lower estimates for US crops

      Beaten-down commodity markets got a plank of support from the farm sector on Tuesday, as grain prices rallied on the...

    9. December 9, 2015

      Avian flu plucks sales for US turkey farmers

      The tree is up and the presents are wrapped. But higher turkey prices threaten to damp some of the Christmas cheer...

    10. December 1, 2015

      South Africa corn prices at 20-month high

      A prolonged drought and currency weakness in South Africa have pushed corn prices to fresh 20-month highs, raising...

    11. November 25, 2015

      Vietnamese coffee exports set to push sales to record

      After a year of refusing to sell their beans to international buyers, Vietnamese coffee farmers are expected to return...

    12. November 11, 2015

      Orange juice jumps to 11-month high

      Orange juice has jumped more than 14 per cent over two trading days to an 11-month high after production estimates for...

    13. October 1, 2015

      Glencore cotton deal comes unstitched

      Glencore failed to deliver about 3m pounds of cotton owed to rival commodities trader Noble Agri earlier this year and...

    14. 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,...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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....

    35. 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...

    36. September 23, 2014

      Commodities: Cereal excess

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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