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Russia demand spurs Brazil beef, pork export hopes

Russia's quest for fresh meat supplies, after bans on EU and US exports, comes at an opportune time for Brazil's industry, facing a soft home market

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Corn appeal ends hedge fund's bearish spree on ags
Hedge funds turn more positive on ag prices for the first time since June - notably on corn, despite big harvest hopes. Are spreads with soy in play?
Hog futures tumble on vaccine for lethal virus
Lean hog futures plunge limit down as Zoetis's announcement of a vaccine against PEDv raises expectations for US pork production
Genus shrugs off China hit, unveils Cargill tie-up
The genetics group stands by Chinese hog prospects despite "very poor market conditions", unveiling a deal with a joint venture backed by Cargill
Ros Agro mulls fish move even as pork profits soar
The Russian sugar-to-grains group says it is considering a "large investment" in aquaculture, alongside expansion at its thriving pork production arm
Cotton, sugar u-turns slow hedge funds' ag selling
Hedge funds' long-running selldown in agricultural commodities slows, despite a continued bearish turn in livestock and soybean positioning
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
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
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
Hormel pork margins to dip, as hog prices plunge
Hormel unveils quarterly results ahead of Wall Street forecasts. But, with pork margins to fall, the group sticks with expectations for the full year
Russia boost to send Brazil chicken exports flying
Brazil's broiler meat shipments will top 4m tonnes next year for the first time, strengthening the country's grip as the top exporter
JBS sees big windfall from Russia's ban on US beef
The Brazil-based group says that Moscow's shift of meat sourcing to the country will be "very beneficial" - and is upbeat on US beef-packing too
Cotton, sugar lead hedge fund pessmism on ags
Hedge funds cut further bullish positioning on ags. They turn net short on cotton and sugar, more than offsetting less dismal positioning on grains
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