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Ag Producer Confidence Reaches All-Time Low

Omaha, Neb, 23 March 2015

Crop and livestock producers’ confidence about the direction of the agriculture economy has reached a historic low, according to the latest DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index (ACI).

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New facility for disaster risk reduction in agriculture

London, 17 March 2015

To help countries better prepare for and respond to disasters affecting agriculture, FAO today launched a new facility aimed at channeling technical support to where it is most needed. The facility will work to mainstream disaster risk reduction in agriculture at all levels through diverse activities. 

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FAO Food Price Index dips to its lowest level since July 2010

Rome, 5 March 2015

The FAO Food Price Index declined to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1.0 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier. Lower prices for cereals, meat and especially sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices.

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Macquarie Agri-view: March MacPI update

London, 3 March 2015

The Macquarie agricultural commodity price index (MacPI) moved higher in February, adding 2.7% MoM. We had expected another decline.

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CLTX to launch new Fertiliser initiative

London, February 2015

The ability to manage price risk in the fertiliser market is not a new one; OTC and cleared derivatives contracts have been available for a number of years. However, growth in market volumes has accelerated in recent years, mainly due to increased price volatility since the financial crisis of 2008. In addition to this, the events of 2008 have also created a legacy of new global regulations. Of these, it is the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that has had the largest effect on the US centric fertiliser derivative market.

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Reducing food waste could save $300 billion a year

London, 26 February 2015

Reducing consumer food waste could save between US$120 and 300 billion per year by 2030 according to a new report by WRAP (The Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. To achieve this would require a 20-50% reduction in consumer food waste.

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Rabobank Agri Commodity Market Research: Outlook 2015

London, December 2014

The fundamentals in the agri commodity markets appear more balanced through 2015. In their 2015 Outlook, the Rabobank Agri Commodities Markets Research (ACMR) analysts, expect narrower trading ranges for many commodities versus 2014.

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Innovation is the essential ingredient to steer F&A companies

London, 13 October 2014

Global food & agribusiness (F&A) faces a remarkable conundrum according to a new report from Rabobank. Right now the sector is struggling in an operating environment characterized by slow growth, soft demand and ample supply, which in combination are challenging business confidence. Yet the sector has a bright future.

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Good harvests and ample stockpiles continue to drive international food prices down

Rome, 9 October 2014

Biannual FAO Food Outlook report and new Food Price Index released: Global wheat production in 2014 is projected to reach a new record. Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report and a new update to the Organization's monthly Food Price Index, both out today.

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First facility to commercially produce ethanol from corn waste

London, September 2014

This week in energy we’re looking at the grand opening in Iowa of the first facility to commercially produce ethanol from corn waste products as proof that we don’t need to divert corn from the food supply or livestock feed, writes James Stafford.

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