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ANZ downbeat on cotton, sugar - but not on beef

The bank foresees "no reprieve" for cotton prices, and is cautious over dairy and sugar values too. But the outlook for beef prices is "very strong"

Fonterra warns farmers as it cuts milk price hopes
The group cautions over farm budgets as it lowers its milk price forecast, acknowledging rising Chinese stockpiles. Will the forecast be cut further?
Danone upbeat, despite milk price hit to profits
The dairy-to-water giant, flagging the milk price reversal, sticks by full-year growth targets despite a drop in profits in the first half
'Caution' in NZ land market, despite price revival
New Zealand land prices rise, led by a bounce in dairy farm values. But is it sustainable, when interest rates are rising, and milk prices falling?
USDA questions gloom on China dairy imports
US officials blame higher world milk output, not soft China demand, for the dairy price slump. In fact, Chinese imports are "breath-taking"
Dairy prices hit 21-month low as China buying ebbs
Prices at GlobalDairyTrade fall at their fastest in four years, led by a tumble in whole milk powder values, as Chinese buying dries up
Hershey lifts prices, blaming cocoa, dairy costs
The chocolate giant raises its wholesale prices for the first time in three years, citing elevated commodity costs - even as dairy values tumble
'High' milk prices squeeze Dairy Crest margins
The UK group says high milk payouts to farmers put dairy profits "under pressure". But will a retreat in prices, and a warm summer, boost performance?
Fonterra accelerates China drive with Abbott deal
Fonterra unveils a Chinese dairy farm tie-up with Abbott - progressing a drive to lift output there to 1bn litres, and touching a joint venture theme
Dairy groups need to milk takeover market
Dairy groups, "to thrive and survive", must retain their appetite for acquisitions, Rabobank says, unveiling an annual league of sector giants
Dairy prices hit 17-month low, amid China concerns
Dairy prices renew their decline at GlobalDairyTrade, chiming with ideas that a market revival may be some time yet in arriving
Dairy prices to rebound - but maybe not until 2015
Rabobank cuts milk price forecasts by up to \$800 a tonne. And that assumes stagnant Chinese milk output - while other observers see decent growth
Milk price dip injects 'caution' to NZ land market
The tumble in dairy prices since February, coupled with rising interest rates, has fuelled a slowdown in the New Zealand farmland market
Dairy price rally 'threatens long-term damage' to demand

High dairy prices are boosting farmers' prosperity for now. But will they pay a long-term price? And what happens if China's economy falters?

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