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Evening markets: China, Brazil moves give ags selective lift
The one announcement that ag markets had expected, on US biofuels, proved a non event. But Brazil and China news kept investors on their toes
US ditches forecast for rising world sugar stocks
US farm officials, cutting hopes for Brazilian sugar output to a six-year low, forecast the first drop in world inventories in five years
Talk of world running out of cocoa 'overstated in the extreme'
The ICCO terms "spurious" widespread reports of a large world cocoa deficit ahead. Still, are there other reasons to expect cocoa prices to rise?
JBS beefs up in Australia,buying Primo Smallgoods
The Brazil-based protein giant pays $1.25bn for the top Oceania ham and bacon producer - in one of two deals on the same day
Farmland Partners hikes payout in drive to win over investors
The farmland investment group lifts its dividend by 10%, citing its "commitment to positive returns" - despite further evidence of land price falls
Frost dents Turkish plan to exploit Russia ag bans
Russian bans on ag imports from the EU have created a golden opportunity for Turkish fruit growers - but when they have little crop to sell
Egypt buys French wheat, spurring EU export hopes
Grain officials in Egypt, the top wheat importer, buy from France at a sixth successive tender, with a farmer stand-off damaging Russia's chances
Uralkali shares gain despite fears for second mine
Uralkali shares reduce to 25% their fall this week on a potash mine accident - which some analysts believe threatens a neighbouring site too
Brazil coffee crop 'better than initially thought'
Brazil's coffee output fell less far than forecast this year, US officials say, proving upbeat on quality too - and lifting ideas for Colombian output
NZ dairy land values soar despite milk price slump
Prices of New Zealand dairy farms rise to their highest since the world financial crisis - defying a five-year low in dairy commodity prices
Uralkali blow a 'strong catalyst' for potash price
A mine accident at the world's top potash group "is likely to tighten" supplies further, SocGen says. Uralkali shares slump, but rivals' stock rises
Smucker admits 'misstep' over coffee price hike
Smucker says that coffee drinkers are more sensitive to prices than it had thought, as it acknowledges handing customers "sticker shock"
Lesson from history is that soy prices will fall
At least, that is what 1997-98 suggest, another year when strong US production clashed with bumper demand from importers and domestic crushers
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