Fonterra holds milk price as it unveils China deal

The co-operative forecasts a revival in dairy prices later in 2014 as it announces a "game changing" tie-up with a Chinese infant formula group

Rains refresh Aussie crops, but miss sheep farms
Australia & New Zealand Bank says weak rains are questioning a forecast that Australia's wool production will stabilise at record lows
Anglo-Eastern joins throng seeing end to palm rout
The plantations group, citing output weakness ahead, joins the ranks forecasting stable palm oil prices. But one bearish voice holds out...
Agrokultura ushers in new era with record yields
The operator, of which a sports retail tycoon has bought a 47% stake, heralds potentially profitable yields in Ukraine
US farm profits to dip, but not as much as feared
US farm officials reduce their forecast for the decline in agricultural income this year, citing improved hopes for livestock, and cropping, receipts
French wheat returns to Egyptian tender
Egypt, the top wheat importer, buys from Romania and Russia at its latest tender. But French wheat is offered too, for the first time since early July
Unica cuts Brazil cane, sugar output hopes
Unica slashes its forecasts for cane and sugar production in Brazil's key Centre South region, citing drought damage to crop yields
Sugar price recovery 'unlikely', says ISO
The International Sugar Organization swaps ideas of "neatly balanced" world sugar output and demand for a forecast of another production surplus
Bonus payouts, egg setbacks slow Sanderson growth
The poultry producer unveils a slower-than-expected boost to earnings, blaming staff bonus payouts and below-target meat volumes
Morgan Stanley, StanChart see palm price revival
... although not before the last quarter of the year, as demand factors kick in. Soyoil prices may revive a little earlier, Standard Chartered says
US rains exacerbate world wheat quality fears
The US is poised for more of the rainfall which, while boosting corn and soybean yield hopes, is for wheat slowing harvest and lifting quality worries
Hedge funds extend bearish positions on ags, again
Hedge funds cut their net long position in US-traded agricultural for an eighth successive week with sugar, livestock suffering particularly
EU 'mulling storage aid' for Russia-hit milk firms
The European Commission may extend to dairy its support programme for agriculture groups affected by Russia's ban on EU food imports
Features and market reports
US carmakers, Brazil soy farmers drive timber fund fortunes
Phaunos Timber Fund may be hoping for a thriving US auto industry, and wet Brazilian harvest, a report into the struggling fund reveals
Featured market report Morning markets: prospect of long US weekend bolsters grains
Grain markets see short-covering ahead of a US holiday weekend, although it is not enough to keep corn in positive territory. Sugar's rally continues
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