Companies
Deere rates good growing weather as its top threat

The "biggest downside risk" to Deere's prospects is that ideal weather again boosts yields, and cuts crop prices - for which forecasts are downgraded

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Macquarie cuts potash price forecasts, despite Uralkali accident
Chinese buyers may end up paying less for their 2015 potash - not more, as most commentators expect, the bank says, foreseeing wider price falls ahead
Zambeef flags openess to tie-ups, asset disposals
The Zambia based soy crusher-to-dairy group flags the appeal of paying down some dollar-denominated debt, even while unveiling a performance recovery
Deere warns of accelerating ag market decline
The farm equipment giant reports a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profits. But it cautions of a 40% slump in earnings ahead
Hormel shares weaken on end to meat margin boom
Hormel Foods, foreseeing tougher times for pork and turkey output, sees its earnings rising less far than investors have forecast
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
JBS beefs up in Australia,buying Primo Smallgoods
The Brazil-based protein giant pays \$1.25bn for the top Oceania ham and bacon producer - in one of two deals on the same day
Uralkali shares gain despite fears for second mine
Uralkali shares reduce to 25% their fall this week on a potash mine accident - which some analysts believe threatens a neighbouring site too
Uralkali blow a 'strong catalyst' for potash price
A mine accident at the world's top potash group "is likely to tighten" supplies further, SocGen says. Uralkali shares slump, but rivals' stock rises
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"
SQM backs ideas of potash market revival
Latin America's top fertilizer producer unveils below-forecast results, but lifts hopes for world industry potash demand
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
Dairy, hazelnut headwinds hurt Olam profits
A rally in shares in the ag trader goes into the reverse after it unveils a sharp drop in underlying profits, hurt by "adverse" dairy and nut prices
Feature
Cash-traded ags 'more profitable' than futures-traded ones

Sunny Verghese, founder of Olam International, trumpets the benefits of dealing in the likes of cashews rather than corn - usually

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