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SQM shares ease after $30m legal settlement

The Chilean fertilizer pays to resolve legal threat from the US Department of Justice and the SEC

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MP Evans launches share buyback, after repelling takeover bid
The palm producer turns some of its recently-acquired war-chest to buying back shares, promising more investment and acquisitions to come
Smucker lifts coffee prices - for first time since 2014 'misstep'
JM Smucker, citing "sustained" bean cost rises, ups prices for brands such as Folgers. But the group says it has learned from a 2014 scalding
CropEnergies hits out at 'incomprehensible' EU biofuel policy
The ethanol producer pledges to lobby against new policy proposals, which it claims could usher in a "lost decade" for biofuels
Credit Suisse calms sugar, HFCS market nerves over Trump
The bank says that, for sweeteners markets, it does "not see" the political threat that has, for example, spurred selling in Tate & Lyle shares
Cargill profits boom on healthy US meat demand
The agribusiness giant reports higher adjusted earnings, thanks to profits in its meat business, and good demand for the bumper US harvest
CBH members enjoy record pay-out after bumper Aussie harvest
The Australian co-operative richly rewards its members, after they rejected a buyout by a GrainCorp backed consortium last year
ADM veteran Matt Jansen quits as head of Cofco's global arm
... for "personal reasons", a month after an accounts hole was found. His successor has been heading a corn processor which unveils a profits upgrade
South America corn surge drives Monsanto back into profit
The seeds giant, which has agreed a takeover by Bayer, nudges higher earnings hopes, after a better-than-expected start to its financial year
Mengniu bids for China's largest raw milk producer
The milk giant moves to increase its stake in China Modern Dairy, part owned by KKR, as it attempts to secure supplies of high quality milk
ED&F Man flags potential for pulses, as it buys Maviga
ED&F Man highlights "rapid" growth in the "dynamic" pulses market, as it enters the sector through the purchase of UK-based Maviga
Origin Agritech keeps faith with China's GM seed drive
... contrasting with US farm secretary Tom Vilsack, who has criticised Beijing for tardiness over GM foods. Still, Origin shares tumble
Lindsay warns that farmer spending will continue to fall
Squeezed farm incomes push sales and earnings well below expectations, with irrigation volumes sharply down year-on-year
Feature
Dangote sees agriculture as having biggest growth potential

The Nigerian giant, while operating in sectors from cement to gas, flags the importance of agriculture, in which it is growing its landbank

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