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Yara flags dynamics behind nitrogen price rises

The fertilizer giant highlights nitrogen output "curtailments" at a time of "strong" demand. Still, Yara's profits growth disappoints investors

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Milk price hopes prompt PGW to expand in dairy
New Zealand retail-to-land agency group PGG Wrightson sees the downturn in milk prices as only a short-term factor
Strong Russia, Ukraine grain exports boost Kernel
The sunflowers-to-silos group sees a large rise in grain export volumes this season. But its farming division will fall short of initial expectations
Nutreco shares bounce on $3.4bn bid by SHV
Nutreco, which has been a feed sector acquirer, turns takeover target, agreeing a bid by investment firm SHV. Its shares record their best-ever close
Farmland Partners unveils $25m land-buying spree
The land investment group touts "strong" competition for US farmland as it unveils the latest in a series of farm acquisitions
CF Industries calls off merger talks with Yara
The groups end negotiations over creating a \$30bn nitrogen giant, amid rumours that CF was pressing for more than a 50% stake in the tie-up
US land market at weakest in at least nine years
US farmland prices are falling at their fastest since at least 2005, and are expected to continue dropping, a survey of lenders shows
Ag machinery sector in 'cyclical downturn'
The farm, and mining, machinery markets are in a downturn which will last until at least the end of 2015, Titan International boss Maurice Taylor says
Brazil soybean rust concerns buoy Syngenta sales
The agrichemicals giant reports a 2% rise in sales, despite difficult markets, as Brazilian growers seek a solution to a growing soy disease problem
Ingredion buys Penford Corp for $340m
The group agrees a 72% premium for the US group, in the second deal unveiled this week within the specialty ingredients industry
UkrLandFarming seeks funds to buy troubled rivals
The Ukraine farm giant, which already owns 650,000 hectares, and has Cargill as an investor, seeks to exploit "distressed acquisition opportunities"
ADM pays $170m for Specialty Commodities
Archer Daniels Midland extends its deal spree by buying a trader of fruit and nuts, in a drive to lift its exposure to higher-margin business
Firm potash prices make sector's shares a 'buy'
Shares in many potash groups - which have suffered particularly badly during the stockmarket retreat - represent a "buy", says Societe Generale
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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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