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SocGen puts 'buy' rating on tumbling lean hog futures

The rout in lean hog futures - down 28% so far this year, and setting contract lows on Thursday - has been "overdone", the bank says

US beef prices to stay high - unlike pork, poultry
"Beef prices are not expected to undergo the large decline anticipated in the pork and poultry markets this year", the USDA says
Hedge funds cut bullish bets on ags to second lowest on record
Sugar, coffee, soybeans and grains are in the firing line as hedge funds cut further their net long position in agricultural commodity derivatives
Chinese pork imports to soar to all-time high
Growth in China's pork consumption will slow this year. But production will fall, prompting a need for a 50% surge in imports, US officials say
Crops the worst bet among commodities, says Goldman
Crop futures will extend their decline, the bank says, downgrading coffee and sugar price forecasts. But livestock values will hold firm
Bird flu scare hits hog prices, shares in poultry groups
Shares in the likes to Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride drop, as to lean hog futures, after officials find "highly pathogenic" bird flu in Arkansas
EU beef, pork, poultry exports to rise despite Russia curbs
EU pork imports will recover from a dent prompted by a Russian ban on ag imports. Beef shipments will rise too, and poultry volumes set record highs
Poor weather, export curbs slow Argentine beef revival
Argentina's recovery as a force in world beef is being curtailed by dents from poor weather and export taxes, US officials say
Russia's poultry industry hurting, despite import curbs
Europe's poultry industry appears unscathed from Russia's ban on Western food exports. But Russia's own sector may see bankruptcies, a US report says
Nebraska data highlights two-tier US land market
Land prices fall for the first time in six years in the major farming state. But the figure disguises a gap between cropland and pasture performance
China accelerates its emergence as a broiler exporter
The country's net chicken meat exports will hit a record this year, in part thanks to the dent to domestic demand from disease outbreaks
Agriterra attempts to beef up from selling steak to miners
The corn-to-cocoa group is looking at exploiting a mining boom in northern Mozambique to improve fortunes, after hits from ebola and weak corn demand
EU pork imports to hit 23-year high, despite Russia ban
US officials issue upbeat forecasts for EU beef and pork exports, saying merchants are finding alternatives to the closed-off Russian market
Answer found to age-old question: 'Which comes first, chicken or egg?'

In pricing terms, a clear winner has emerged in the US - which is seeing "huge" broiler birds, while high breakages stem egg supplies

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