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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

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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?
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
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
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
Indonesia coffee export hopes cut as El Nino looms
Indonesian coffee exports will fall further than thought in 2014-15, thanks in part to weaker production prospects, US officials say
Sugar a better bet than cotton, says ANZ
Sugar prices are "vulnerable to upside surprises", unlike cotton, for which values may drop further, the bank says, proving downbeat on grains too
Dairy prices hit five-year low at GlobalDairyTrade
International dairy prices dip again, dashing hopes of stability, amid ideas of demand staying "below normal", and market weakness spreading to the US
ICAC sees above-average cotton prices in 2014-15
The intergovernmental group says it is, relatively, upbeat on cotton prices - hours before data show the lowest Chinese imports in nearly six years
Upbeat Tyson Foods foresees chicken meat squeeze
The US meat giant unveils forecast-beating results and foresees further growth ahead, as growth in chicken demand outpaces that production
Morgan Stanley reopens US corn, soy acreage debate
The bank says data from farmer filings show that US corn and soybean sowings have been overstated - a potential support to prices
Feature
Are rains too late to save Brazil's coffee crop?

Brazil's coffee plantations are to receive long-awaited rains. But Judith Ganes-Chase says drought has already caused "serious harm"

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