Danone delays forecast for revival in dairy prices

The dairy giant pushes back to 2016 its forecast for when a revival in prices will kick in, citing setbacks to markets from China and Russia

Dryness testing Canada, EU crops curbs BASF ag sales too
The German group sees a drop in ag profits, as the lack of rain raising fears for crops such as French corn curbs the need for fungicides
Was Starbucks too quick to exploit coffee price retreat?
The groups says coffee for fiscal 2016 has been purchased at rates "slightly lower" than a year before, in contrast to a huge drop in futures
PGG Wrightson extends deal spree with Aussie takeover
The New Zealand farm services group, backed by China's Agria, unveils its third acquisition in less than a month
Syngenta warns of 'slowing growth' in GM seeds sector
The group, subject of a \$45bn bid from biotech giant Monsanto, warns over "saturation" in major GM markets, as it unveils above-forecast results
Raizen fuels drive towards waste-based ethanol
The Brazilian group plans to keep expanding capacity for making second-generation ethanol, despite the low price of conventional biofuel feedstocks
FrieslandCampina buys Fabrelac, amid dairy move upmarket
The Dutch-based giant trumpets an entry into the "fast growing" mozzarella market, extending a trend by dairy groups into higher value products
China turns tail to become support for urea prices
China, whose surging urea exports have for so long weighed on prices, is now offering support for values, Norway's Yara says. But can it last?
A2 Milk lifts outlook, but shares fall as it rebuffs suitors
The specialist dairy provider issues a stronger outlook for the coming year, and says a takeover is "not imminent"
Cal-Maine shares drop after it fumbles egg price boost
Cal-Maine Foods unveils a large rise in profits - but not one as big as expected by investors after the spurt to egg prices from bird flu
OCI shares jump as deal talks confirmed
The nutrient group, backed by Bill Gates, says it is in talks over "possible combinations". The market focus is on CF Industries as deal partner
Brazil ag machinery sales plummet as farm spending dries up
Brazil's farm equipment industry has cut one in five jobs, as low global commodity prices and a weak economy take their toll
ABF shares rise as it flags easing in sugar headwinds
The tea-to-clothing group flags support to European sugar values from waning stocks, and is upbeat - long-term - on the ethanol market too
Shares in first listed cocoa-growing specialist jump on debut

Dennis Melka, one of the world's few serial plantations entrepreneurs, talks on "extortionate" export taxes, and the "Porsche of cocoa"

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