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ADM buys rest of ailing Toepfer in portfolio rejig

The agri giant lifts to 100% its stake in struggling trader Toepfer, sells South American fertilizer assets and revises its cocoa disposal plans

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Astarta upbeat on Ukraine despite 'near-term' woes
The head of the dairy-to-sugar giant foresees a "substantially improved" business climate ahead in Ukraine, despite the current tensions
Brazil, EU pest pressures protect Syngenta growth
The agrichemicals giant reports sales in line with market expectations despite setbacks from weak Black Sea currencies and the harsh US winter
EU to join Brazil as key driver of sugar prices
Europe's revised sugar regime will give it a huge range of potential output prospects - making it a swing factor matched only by Centre South Brazil
UK wheat imports drop, led by trade from Germany
UK wheat imports fall to a 20-month low, with the drop in purchases from Germany, a source of hard wheat, particularly strong. Corn imports dip too
Current cotton prices 'unsustainable', ANZ warns
The bank recommends a "sell" bet on new crop cotton futures, cautioning over weak signals from cash and artificial fibre markets
Potash price stabilises as Canada, US demand soars
North American producers' potash inventories fall sharply, as domestic demand jumps. But they seem to be losing out in exports to Russia's Uralkali
Weather woes delay corn sowings, hurt wheat again
US farmers are already behind on corn sowings by an area the size of Jamaica, thanks to weather setbacks which have also damaged wheat crops further
Record rise in Canada land prices heralds slowdown
Canadian farmland prices rose at their fastest since at least 1985 last year. But weaker growth lies ahead, Farm Credit Canada says
Goldman upgrades coffee price hopes - a bit
The bank, noting Brazilian drought, raises its forecast for coffee prices, but to levels below the futures curve, citing large carryover inventories
Carr's backs ideas that UK wheat crop overstated
The feed-to-engineering group says UK wheat imports could see a firm finish to the season, with stocks on farm potentially smaller than thought
Hedge funds end 'record' ag commodity buying spree
Hedge funds cut their net long position in agricultural commodities for the first time since January, taking profits - and lifting bets on price falls
Goldman negative on ags, despite El Nino, Ukraine
Ag commodity prices are in for a 10% drop, Goldman says, terming "extremely unlikely" sanctions on Russian grain exports even as Ukraine tensions grow
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The commodity price which gains most during El Ninos is...
... not an agricultural one, oddly enough, according to Societe Generale. Still, crops account for most of the El Nino sensitive commodities
Featured market report Morning markets: US balance sheet squeeze forces soy higher
Soybean prices build on their return over $15.00, as traders mull how the US will crop with its record-tight balance sheet. Weather weighs on grains
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