Companies
Cotton, soy, ethanol lead Louis Dreyfus revival

The commodities giant enjoys a far stronger start to 2014 than 2013, as good processing margins and "strong" cotton profits offset dairy weakness

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Mosaic cuts output, citing elevated ammonia costs
The fertilizer giant reduces phosphate production, blaming "disconnected" ammonia and sulphur prices. It curbs ideas of phosphate and potash sales too
CIC share sale overshadows $3bn Noble-Cofco tie-up
One Chinese investor, China Investment Corp, sells down in Noble Group as another, crop trader Cofco, buys into the commodity group's ag division
LSE's Africa drive bodes well for farming groups
An attempt to boost listings of African firms in London could provide agribusiness groups with cash, and see investors "benefit substantially"
Thriving Cal-Maine cautions of looming headwinds
The world's biggest egg producer unveils a tripling in profits, helped by lower feed costs. But egg prices may come under pressure too
UK potato prices to stay low, leading packer says
Produce Investments, noting a promising start to the UK potato harvest, foresees lingering weakness in prices, already down 40% year on year
Brandtzaeg quits as Yara boss before taking office
Svein Richard Brandtzaeg, citing Yara's talks of a \$30bn merger with CF Industries, decides to stay at Norsk Hydro - which he says is "where I belong
Yara-CF tie-up 'could release hefty deal benefits'
UBS hikes its price target for Yara shares, on ideas of the planned tie-up with CF Industries showing big benefits. But Credit Suisse is more cautious
Real Good Food to take British Sugar row to Europe
The owner of the Napier Brown sugar reseller is to open talks with EU anti-trust officials, after UK ones refuse to investigate a pricing dispute
Dairy rout spurs $4bn cut to Fonterra milk payout
Fonterra cuts its milk price forecast for a second time, to a level 37% below last season's, and warns of the potential for further downgrades
CF investors 'deserve a premium' from a Yara deal
Societe Generale highlights the benefits to Yara of access to CF Industries' cheap US gas supplies, as brokers react to the groups' merger talks
Australian rains lift Nufarm's prospects
Shares in the agrichemicals group soar after its says that rains have lifted "considerably" prospects in its key Australian market
Brazil farmland prices soar 17% in 13 months
Data from farm operator SLC Agricola show prices of bare land keeping a strong pace of growth - although there is a big variation in performance
Feature
Monsanto's financial revamp looks better than Syngenta deal

The champion of genetically modified seed has shown skills in financial engineering too. Its planned takeover of Syngenta may not have fared so well

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