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'Returns definitely there' for ag investors, World Bank expert says

World Bank ag markets adviser Marc Sadler sees growing sophistication among farm investors. This may be just as well, given tests the sector faces

World grain stocks to fall less steeply than thought in 2017-18 - IGC
The council ups hopes for global grains output next season, despite noting "weather concerns", and cuts expectations for wheat demand too
Argentine farmers, facing 'serious weed problem', to lift corn, wheat area
Argentina is to continue regaining "importance" in wheat exports in 2017-18, and set a record in corn, as back-to-back soy growing loses favour
Palm oil prices have scope for recovery - short-term
...says Anglo-Eastern Plantations, but sees them dipping in the second half of 2017, amid ideas of demand headwinds as well as reviving output
Rabobank trims sugar outlook, still bullish on coffee
The bank cuts its coffee price outlook after a recent technical sell-off, but retains an upbeat outlook on price prospects, citing Brazilian dryness
'Very strong' Chinese demand sends A2 shares to record high
The infant formula group ups its revenue forecast, citing "particularly strong" demand in China - a market causing headaches for some sivals
Rabobank slashes soy price hopes on big US, South America crop prospects
The bank also notes delayed Chinese buying, and warns that slow US corn sowings could mean acres switched to soybeans
California farmland returns shrink - even as rains return
Returns for US farmland investors make their weakest start to a year since at least 1991, reflecting a dive in Pacific West results
US timberland returns tick up, ahead of US-Canada trade spat
Earnings and prices for US timberland were rising this year, even before the White House stepped in with tariffs on Canadian competitors
EU to become net-exporter of sugar after beet industry shake-up
The deregulation of the bloc's domestic sugar industry will send production soaring, lifting exports above imports, US officials said
Brazilian sugar exports to rise to record levels
Brazilian sugar production and exports will get even bigger this season, thanks to increase cane utilisation, US officials say
Speedy US corn, soy farmers face return of rain delays
Rains are to return to the Midwest, where growers have sown more crops than had been thought. But spring wheat areas face a, welcome, dry spell
Cattle futures drop after record buy-ins by feedlots
...but the premium of near-dated cattle futures soars, on ideas it will take time for feedlots' buying wave to result in raised beef supplies
Grain market blow-up 'just a matter of time', says UN expert

Abdolreza Abbassian, UN FAO senior economist, says food supply threats have not gone away - but nor has political co-operation in ags

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