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Sep 16, 2011

Insight: CME says wheat converging nicely, but traders scoff

CHICAGO (Reuters) – CME Group (CME.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of a controversial storage scheme for its benchmark wheat futures contract by saying it has fixed a long-standing problem on futures deliveries.

Traders, however, remain far from convinced.

Arguing that the cure has been worse than the disease, the traders say that by tweaking the century-old contract to artificially engineer “convergence” in the spot or first-delivery month — the critical coming-together of cash and futures prices during futures delivery — CME has drained liquidity and raised risk.

Sep 5, 2011

In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds some worry

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It can’t happen here, can it?

The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.

When horrific images of drought or famine in Africa, Asia or other regions land in American media, America is usually first in line with food aid shipments, air drops, and other rescue efforts from its seemingly endless stores.

Sep 2, 2011

Grain companies tighten GMO policy, eye Syngenta corn

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Major U.S. grain companies have tightened curbs on genetically modified grains not yet approved by foreign markets, with some singling out one popular corn variety made by Syngenta, fearing any trace of the biotech grain in shipments could shut off export markets.

The action was taken just weeks before the U.S. corn harvest, when this variety of corn could enter market channels.

Sep 2, 2011

US grain cos tighten GMO policy, eye Syngenta corn

CHICAGO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Major U.S. grain companies have
tightened curbs on genetically modified grains not yet approved
by foreign markets, with some singling out one popular corn
variety made by Syngenta (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), fearing any trace of the
biotech grain in shipments could shut off export markets.

The action was taken just weeks before the U.S. corn
harvest, when this variety of corn could enter market
channels.

Sep 1, 2011

Cargill bars Syngenta corn variety at US wet mills

CHICAGO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill
[CARG.UL] said on Thursday it will not accept Syngenta’s
(SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn at its
North American wet milling plants until the corn variety
receives regulatory approval from the European Union.

Another major grain handler, Bunge North America (BG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
has also barred Agrisure Viptera from its facilities, awaiting
additional export market approval, particularly from China — a
top U.S. grains and oilseed customer.

Aug 26, 2011

MGEX wheat change a bet on Canadian Wheat Board demise

CHICAGO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The Minneapolis Grain Exchange,
home to U.S. spring wheat futures, is betting on the demise of
the Canadian Wheat Board and trying to head off competition
from the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) by accepting non-U.S.
wheat for delivery against its 128-year-old contract, traders
say.

“You’ve got a lot of eyes focused on Canada with the
potential of the Canadian Wheat Board going away. With that,
you’re going to open up a lot more commercial trade,” said
Scott Cordes of grain brokerage Country Hedging and a member of
the MGEX board of directors.

Aug 20, 2011

Investors seeing gold in farmland, infrastructure

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The overall economy may be struggling against a double-dip recession but in farm country the boom times have rarely been better.

Farmland prices are setting records and farmer incomes have been buoyed by exports and biofuels, easing the pain of some rough summer weather from drought, floods and fires.

Aug 18, 2011

Biggest jump in Midwest farmland prices in 34 years

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prices for farmland in the heart of the U.S. grain belt were up 17 percent in the second quarter compared to a year ago, the biggest jump since 1977, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said on Wednesday.

The rising values were driven by strong crop, livestock and milk prices which spurred farmers and investors to buy land, the bank said. Low interest rates have also boosted demand.

Aug 15, 2011

Cargill to buy animal feeds producer for $2.1 billion

LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Agribusiness giant Cargill CARG.UL will buy animal feeds producer Provimi from private equity firm Permira for 1.5 billion euros ($2.1 billion), the companies said on Monday.

The acquisition by one of the world’s largest privately owned corporations will solidify Cargill’s dominant position in the animal nutrition business.

Aug 9, 2011

Cargill quarterly earnings dip on trading results

CHICAGO, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Giant U.S. agribusiness and
trading firm Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] said earnings fell 7 percent
in its fiscal fourth quarter, hit by volatile energy markets
and weaker risk management and food ingredient results.

Minneapolis-based Cargill, one of the world’s largest
privately held corporations, reported $404 million in earnings
from continuing operations in the quarter ended on May 31,
compared with $435 million a year earlier.

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