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    1. February 10, 2016

      South African corn withers amid worst drought on record

      Driving through South Africa’s western corn belt in the country’s north-west province bordering Botswana, the vast...

    2. February 7, 2016

      Wanted: one careful Chinese owner

      ChemChina’s $43.8bn bid for the Swiss chemicals group Syngenta is Beijing’s most ambitious venture yet in a new wave of...

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    1. February 7, 2016

      Europe feels pain from olive oil crisis

      Europe’s consumers are facing a 20 per cent rise in the price of olive oil after bad weather and disease devastated the...

    2. February 4, 2016

      System-driven funds leave sugar and cocoa

      Two leading “El Niño” commodities, cocoa and sugar, have had a volatile start to the year, with prices fluctuating...

    3. February 3, 2016

      ChemChina plays down alarm over $44bn Syngenta bid

      ChemChina sought on Wednesday to pre-empt political opposition to its $43.8bn bid for Swiss agribusiness, Syngenta,...

    4. February 3, 2016

      Egypt backs down on wheat imports ban

      In an abrupt reversal, Egypt’s agriculture ministry backed down on Wednesday from its previous restrictions on wheat...

    5. February 2, 2016

      Egypt cancels wheat tender amid regulatory confusion

      Egypt has cancelled its tender for wheat in a move that has caught international grain traders unprepared. The world’s...

    6. January 28, 2016

      Pistachio market faces return of ‘king of nuts’ from Iran

      It is not just the world of oil which is bracing itself for the impact of Iran’s return to the market after the recent...

    7. January 26, 2016

      China to drop domestic grain price support

      China’s policymakers have confirmed that the government will let domestic grain prices be decided by the market, with...

    8. January 22, 2016

      Cocoa succumbs to commodity rout

      Cocoa finally converged with other commodities, enduring a turbulent week as it hit six-month lows amid bearish news...

    9. January 21, 2016

      High grain stocks keep pressure on prices

      Grain inventories for the current crop year could rise to the highest level in almost three decades in the face of...

    10. January 20, 2016

      Cocoa slide intensifies as investors exit

      Cocoa led the decline in agricultural commodities on Wednesday as the key chocolate ingredient lost almost 5 per cent...

    11. January 19, 2016

      Almond prices crushed by demand slump and bumper harvest

      After several years of defying gravity, almond prices have been crushed. The market for standard almonds, which hit a...

    12. January 18, 2016

      Salmon leaps past shrimp in global fish market

      Salmon has overtaken shrimp as the most popularly traded fish as new products have helped open up fresh markets. In...

    13. January 14, 2016

      Sugar: beet up

      Sugar from beets was a product of the Napoleonic wars. Investors could be forgiven for wondering if that was the last...

    14. January 14, 2016

      Commodities slide triggers ‘freight recession’ on US rails

      On the railways criss-crossing the western US farm belt, grain trains are so abundant you can’t give one away. Big...

    15. January 13, 2016

      A tale of two fisheries: Fortunes of Norway and Chile diverge

      This is the tale of two salmon producers and how the pervasive fingers of market economics pry into even the more...

    16. January 12, 2016

      Thai junta pledges aid for rubber farmers hit by falling prices

      Thailand’s junta has pledged to help rubber farmers hit by tumbling world prices in a sign of the impact of worries...

    17. January 8, 2016

      Brexit would hit value of farmland investments

      A British exit from the European Union would hit investment in farmland if subsidy payments were to be cut, leading...

    18. January 7, 2016

      Food prices slide for fourth year in row

      Food prices fell for the fourth year in a row in 2015 as plentiful supplies and the slowing global economy weighed on...

    19. January 6, 2016

      Reforms drive Argentine grain export revival

      Argentina has come back to the international wheat market with a bang. After Mauricio Macri, the new president,...

    20. January 5, 2016

      After El Niño, commodity markets brace for La Niña

      The strongest El Niño in almost two decades that caused droughts in Asia and was linked to storms in the UK could be...

    21. December 17, 2015

      Weak consumption growth weighs on grains

      Sluggish consumption growth and plentiful supplies of grains and oilseeds will continue to weigh on world agricultural...

    22. December 17, 2015

      Black Sea wheat’s fragile link to the West

      With the view of Ottoman Empire era palaces and Byzantine monuments lining its shores, the Bosphorus may offer...

    23. December 16, 2015

      Agricultural commodities traders catch the natural foods bug

      At Zeeland Farm Services, a grain processor on Michigan’s western flank, farm trucks arrive with an increasingly...

    24. December 15, 2015

      Sugar jumps on supply shortfall forecasts

      Sugar jumped more than 3 per cent on Tuesday as bulls were encouraged by new supply and demand estimates for the next...

    25. December 15, 2015

      New Zealand dairy herd shrinks as milk boom ends

      New Zealand’s dairy herd has shrunk for the first time in a decade as the end of the milk boom prompts farmers to cull...

    26. December 14, 2015

      El Niño helps boost cocoa price

      Cocoa was supported by worries about drier than normal conditions in west Africa, the key producing region, with the...

    27. 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...

    28. December 7, 2015

      Fertiliser market looks for return of higher growth in 2016

      After a year of stagnant growth amid low crop prices and weak emerging market economies, the international fertiliser...

    29. December 2, 2015

      Currency swings cloud agriculture price drop

      “Way down among Brazilians, coffee beans grow by the billions . . . They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil,” sang...

    30. 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...

    31. November 29, 2015

      Louis Dreyfus family asks to be bought out

      Members of the founding family of Louis Dreyfus Commodities — one of the world’s largest traders of coffee, sugar and...

    32. November 27, 2015

      Currency moves to have big impact on agri-commodities in 2016

      Currency fluctuations will affect agricultural markets in 2016 more than ever, with the US dollar expected to firm and...

    33. November 26, 2015

      FAO cuts China’s 2015 corn output number

      The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization is poised to cut its forecast of Chinese corn production for the...

    34. November 25, 2015

      US farmers turn to storage as grain prices sag

      Big white grain bags sold by Big John Mfg company of Nebraska are flying out the door. “In the last two years we’ve...

    35. 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...

    36. November 23, 2015

      Argentina election result sinks soyabeans

      Soyabeans approached their lowest price in nearly seven years on Monday on expectations of greater selling from...

    37. November 23, 2015

      Dal shock hits India as pulse prices soar

      India has been gripped by “dal shock”. A shortage of pulses including peas and lentils, which are a key source of...

    38. November 18, 2015

      Syngenta weighs deals in sector shake-up

      Syngenta is actively considering deals with rival companies, as the $100bn agricultural industry prepares to be shaken...

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