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Sustainable sorghum: USAID funds scientific project to develop hybrids

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $4.98m to a project working with new genomics tools to develop drought and heat-tolerant sorghum hybrids and promote sustainable farming in...

British oat prices plunge 40%

The price of British oats has plummeted after the largest crop since the late 1970s; good news for manufacturers, a grains analyst says.

Rust-resistant wheat strain to strengthen Kenya’s market: FAO

Wheat strains resistant to rust damage should improve the quality of Kenyan wheat and also reduce the country’s dependence on imports, the Food and Agriculture Organization says.


On the up: Dry harvest means British wheat quality back on track

The latest wheat harvest in Britain is of good quality which should spell less need for manufacturers to import, a cereals analyst says.

US drought fears cause grain price spike

Grain prices have begun to rise sharply as growing fears of a US drought cause concerns over yields.


Rising global wheat supplies reduce prices and support consumption growth, says USDA

Global wheat prices are down and increased consumption catered for thanks to strong supplies and increased production in most countries, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

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European Commission clears ADM-GrainCorp deal

The European Commission has cleared ADM’s acquisition of GrainCorp for A$3.4bn, the sixth global regulatory body to do so.


FAO: Wheat and maize recovery to stabilize commodities

Commodities will stabilize thanks to historic highs forecast for global cereal production fueled by improved wheat and maize markets, says the FAO.

Tate & Lyle Sugars slams Guardian over Cambodian sugar sourcing allegations

ASR Group-owned Tate & Lyle Sugars is considering legal action against The Guardian newspaper over a story published this week accusing the sugar giant of working with a Cambodian supplier that employed...

Opinion: Food Security Bill

Forget about the middleman, embrace the middle-ground

A new deal and a fresh start: that’s how the Indian government should approach the landmark ordinance that will be the new Food Security Law.

Analysis: GrainCorp takeover

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

Now the ACCC, Australia’s anti-trust commission, has given the green light to ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, foreign interests will control all major grain handling facilities and grain ports in...

ADM's GrainCorp takeover in shareholders' hands

GrainCorp’s board of directors has recommended that its shareholders accept the A$3.4bn (US$3.16bn) takeover bid from Archer Daniel Midland in the absence of a superior offer.

EU reaches deal on CAP reform

European institutions reached a deal on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Wednesday, including a compromise that will end sugar quotas by 2017.

Wheat price dip gives breathing space for bakery innovation: Euromonitor

Bakers can and should invest in innovation and production as wheat prices dip leaving spare cash to spend, says a Euromonitor analyst.


Cargill to buy and boost Northstar Grain assets

Cargill will acquire grain storage and crop inputs assets from Northstar Grain LLC and inject $3m into upgrades.

USDA validates test for GM wheat; says evidence suggests this is a ‘single isolated incident’; but lawsuits pile up

In an update on its probe into unauthorized genetically modified wheat detected in Oregon, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Friday that it “has neither found nor been informed...

EU releases fourth tranche of out-of-quota sugar

The European Commission has released a fourth round of out-of-quota sugar for the current marketing year at reduced levies in a bid to boost EU supplies as prices soar above...

GMO wheat contamination raises fears of export disruptions

USDA regulators have confirmed that unauthorized GM wheat has been found growing in a field in Oregon, raising concerns that wheat exports could be negatively affected.


US wheat weakness won’t hit global supply or pricing: Rabobank

The US wheat market has failed to recover like its market counterparts, but despite this global prices will settle and supplies strengthen, according to Rabobank.

Sale of forgotten wheat could put a dent in India's national debt

The Food Corporation of India could potentially earn over Rs25,000 crore (US$4.5bn) by exporting wheat lying in open warehouses, according to an Assocham study.

UK may have to stick to wheat imports, says commodities analyst

The UK was hit by an extreme wheat crisis last year forcing industry into import mode and forecasts suggest this trend may stay, says a commodity analyst.

Grain production to reach record levels in 2013, says FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that grain harvests are set to reach record levels in 2013, and wheat production is forecast to recover from last year’s reduced...


Lower domestic wheat use spells higher global supply: USDA

A drop in domestic wheat use has left higher global supplies – up 2.9 million for 2012/13, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Grain policy

USDA slams India’s decision to export more year-old wheat

The United States Department of Agriculture has hit out at the Indian government for allowing the export of an additional 5m tonnes of wheat last month, calling it unviable unless...

Federation of Bakers tentative on increased British wheat imports

The UK could soon become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade, but The Federation of Bakers has said that there may be enough of...

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