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    1. July 6, 2015

      Ukraine set to become top corn exporter to China in first half

      Call it corn diplomacy. Ukraine is set to become China’s top supplier of corn in the first half of 2015 as both countries...

    2. July 2, 2015

      Commodity markets diverge as supply and demand come to the fore

      Divergence was the name of the game for commodities markets in the second quarter as gasoline and iron ore jumped but coffee...

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    1. July 1, 2015

      Meat eating set to drive growth in grain demand

      Livestock feed will drive demand for grains and other cereals in the next decade as human grain consumption and the use of...

    2. June 30, 2015

      Rising cocoa prices eat into chocolate bars

      When Jean-Marc Anga stood before his peers last year, the head of the International Cocoa Organization had an ominous...

    3. June 26, 2015

      Not as dear as you thought: Britons get an appetite for venison

      From the tables of top restaurants to the freezers of budget supermarkets, Britons are increasingly finding an appetite for...

    4. 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 as...

    5. June 25, 2015

      Rice market watching Indian monsoon

      Rice traders are on high alert as the Indian monsoon, which has had a strong start, looks to peter out in July, a crucial...

    6. June 25, 2015

      GM ‘whiffy wheat’ fails to deter pests, £2.6m UK study finds

      A controversial field trial of “whiffy wheat”, genetically modified to repel aphid pests by giving off an alarming scent,...

    7. June 24, 2015

      World’s kitchens braced for olive oil shock

      Foodies brace yourselves. The world is facing an oil shock — of the extra virgin olive sort. Prices of the high quality...

    8. June 18, 2015

      Middle East dairy demand rides on oil

      Rasmus Malmbak Kjeldsen may be an executive at a leading European dairy company, but he also keeps an eye on the oil price....

    9. June 10, 2015

      Commodity markets braced for El Niño impact

      Farmers and commodity investors around the world are braced for weather disruptions affecting harvests and markets as...

    10. June 4, 2015

      Dairy price plunge highlights hedging handicap

      Global dairy prices have turned sour. Europe’s producers are feeling particular pain, with wholesale prices now below the...

    11. June 2, 2015

      Cocoa prices rise after Ghana revises output lower

      Cocoa prices rallied after Ghana revised down its output forecasts to levels closer to analysts’ estimates, cutting its...

    12. May 26, 2015

      Japanese youth turns its back on fish

      Japan may have brought sushi and sashimi to the world’s dining tables, but its younger consumers are turning their backs on...

    13. May 21, 2015

      Ghana cocoa delays spark fears over country’s reliability

      Chocolate lovers beware. Delays of shipments from Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa grower, have stoked concerns among...

    14. May 20, 2015

      Technology helps feed a hungry world

      Until recently, data analytics, apps, web-enabled sensors and robotics had little to do with the world of soil, fertiliser...

    15. May 20, 2015

      Chinese companies accused of west Africa fish pillage

      Chinese fishing companies are engaged in systematic pillaging of west African fisheries on a huge scale, according to a new...

    16. May 19, 2015

      Cocoa hits 7-month high on Ghana worries

      Cocoa hit a seven-month high backed by continuing worries about production in Ghana and the potential weather effects of El...

    17. May 13, 2015

      Commodity markets wary of false alarm as El Niño blows back

      After a five-year absence, El Niño is back. The last time the weather event emerged in 2009-10, droughts damaged crops in...

    18. May 12, 2015

      Meat production could be the answer for Brazil

      Brazil’s abundant natural resources are a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. The share of raw materials in...

    19. May 10, 2015

      Modi’s growth plans and freak weather squeeze Indian farmers

      For Prem Singh — a small farmer with 2.7 hectares of fertile farmland — and others in Aajnokh village in India’s northern...

    20. May 7, 2015

      Global food bill set for five-year low

      The world’s food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015 as plentiful supplies, lower freight rates and...

    21. May 6, 2015

      Wheat heavyweights battle for global market share

      An Australian agricultural official asked a pointed question at a recent conference: “Are we at risk of becoming the poor...

    22. May 5, 2015

      Bears feast on strong coffee crop forecasts

      A leading coffee trader upgraded its Brazilian crop figures for this year, adding to the increasing bearishness over supply...

    23. April 28, 2015

      UK farmers plough on in search of better productivity

      Julian Gibbons huddles over satellite images of the wheat and barley fields that extend as far as the eye can see from the...

    24. April 23, 2015

      The EU makes a mess of bioengineered food

      Never watch laws or sausages being made: a maxim often attributed to Otto von Bismarck, one of Europe’s greatest statesmen....

    25. April 22, 2015

      Studies strengthen insecticide link to bee population decline

      Two studies have added powerful scientific evidence to the view that agricultural pesticides are contributing to a decline...

    26. April 22, 2015

      Olam chief calls for carbon pricing in order to control emissions

      The chief executive of Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, has called for carbon pricing...

    27. April 20, 2015

      Sustainability in commodities accrues momentum

      Ensuring the metals in your mobile phone are not perpetuating conflict; knowing your coffee is not destroying the ecosystem;...

    28. 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 their...

    29. 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 had...

    30. 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...

    31. 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, according to...

    32. March 24, 2015

      Belaruskali shakes up potash sector

      The potash industry, which has attracted investments from leading miners such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, is being shaken...

    33. March 19, 2015

      Greek woes trigger meat consumption slump

      Greece saw the largest fall in meat consumption globally in 2014 as the recession hit disposable incomes amid rising prices...

    34. March 17, 2015

      Young Americans turn to tea

      If the US television sitcom Friends were to be remade today, the characters sitting in the Central Perk café would be...

    35. March 6, 2015

      Chocolate lovers face a stark choice

      Bad news for chocolate lovers. Pay more for your chocolate or risk watching your favourite product disappear from the...

    36. March 4, 2015

      Time in the sun for Glencore’s agribusiness

      It was agriculture’s time in the sun at Glencore on Tuesday after the trading house revealed earnings at its grain and...

    37. 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...

    38. February 25, 2015

      US port gridlock adds to almond pressures

      Almond shipments in California fell by almost a third in January, as a prolonged labour dispute at the ports in the US west...

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