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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 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...

    3. February 3, 2016

      Smallholders turn to message service to share farming advice

      Coffee plants belonging to growers on the edges of the Peruvian Amazon basin have been infected with a fungus said to...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. January 20, 2016

      Camera drones and cow fitness trackers help drive farm yields

      A fitness tracker for cows might have seemed like a whimsical situation comedy idea — until someone came up with one....

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. January 14, 2016

      Obesity surge drives debate on sugar and other sin taxes

      “Sugar, rum and tobacco,” Scottish moral philosopher and economist Adam Smith once wrote, “are commodities which are...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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,...

    15. December 18, 2015

      Congress insists on labels for GM salmon

      It is unlikely to say “Frankenfish”, but genetically modified salmon is about to gain a label. The US Congress on...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. December 16, 2015

      FT Seasonal Appeal: Thailand’s slave ships on the retreat

      Two big food companies have made extraordinary admissions about forced labour and a former top anti-trafficking...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. November 27, 2015

      Science: The clone factory

      In Chinese mythology, the Monkey King is a beast with magical fur. All he has to do is pull out a hair, blow on it and...

    25. 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...

    26. November 26, 2015

      Cloned cows create a new beef over climate change

      It has become something of a family ritual: school successes, new jobs and other milestones are toasted in a splendid...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. November 15, 2015

      Benchmark reshuffles to feed into livestock futures pricing

      After being blamed for causing everything from cancer to global warming, cattle and hog breeders have finally had a...

    31. October 28, 2015

      Hairy crabs help China solar industry flourish

      As she plucks the weeds ensnaring a nascent crop of honeysuckle, farmer Yang Xinfeng makes an unlikely pioneer in the...

    32. October 13, 2015

      With made-to-measure micropigs, gene editing takes flight

      The technical reputation of China’s BGI, formerly the Beijing Genomics Institute, is enviable. Its achievements include...

    33. September 22, 2015

      Africa weather prompts cocoa supply fears

      Unseasonal weather in west Africa, which produces almost three-quarters of global cocoa supplies, is threatening to...

    34. September 20, 2015

      North Korean song of ‘bumper crop’ strikes a discordant note

      To the upbeat strains of “Song of Bumper Crop”, farmers in South Hwanghae province this month performed dances to...

    35. September 17, 2015

      US farmers held back by dollar’s rise

      Watching the foreign exchange markets is now almost as important as reading weather reports for US farmers. The sharp...

    36. September 10, 2015

      Cost of breakfast drops to a five-year low

      At last some good news from the commodities rout — the cost of breakfast is at its lowest in five years. Prices of...

    37. September 10, 2015

      Food prices record biggest monthly drop in seven years

      Food prices have registered the largest monthly fall in seven years as the sell-off in commodities, good harvests, and...

    38. August 18, 2015

      Scotland’s GMO ban is misconceived

      First impressions are tough to shift. So it has proved with genetically modified foods, introduced in the UK in the...

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