BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Sept 19- Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.» Read More
Wheat futures, which rose to a three-week high last Thursday on short-covering tied to escalating Ukraine- Russia tensions, reversed course and notched their largest two-session decline since Aug. 13.
A tongue-in-cheek effort to replace the bear on California's state flag with a camel is really meant to show just how serious the drought has become.
BOLIVAR, Argentina, Sept 2- Grains powerhouse Argentina could increase soy, corn and wheat output by as much as a fifth if the president elected next year scraps export quotas, eases taxes and reverses other policies that have slowed investment, farmers and commodity traders say.
*Africa could earn more if it adds value to exports. KIRINYAGA, Kenya, Aug 29- Nancy Njeri lugs a sack of fresh coffee berries to a hilltop factory from her small farm, which produces one of Kenya's main cash crops yet earns barely enough for her family of seven children.
JAKARTA, Aug 29- Indonesia's powerful anti-graft agency will launch a probe into the nation's subsidised rice scheme unless major flaws are fixed, threatening moves to expand the role of the state food buying agency into other staples such as corn, beef and sugar.
*Thailand may miss 10 million T export target for this year. SAMUT PRAKAN, Thailand, Aug 29- Thailand is facing delays in plans to export millions of tonnes of rice from state stockpiles because of a labour shortage at ports after hundreds of thousands of foreign workers fled amid fears of a military crackdown on illegal migrants.
Traders are bracing for the start of the autumn harvest in the Midwest in the coming weeks, with growers in Louisiana and Mississippi already bringing in crops with high yields.
*Corn around 2- wk low on hopes of record U.S. production. Corn fell to levels near Tuesday's two-week low as the expected record-large U.S. crop thrives in favourable weather. Corn fell 0.4 percent to $3.63-1/ 2 a bushel, not far from last session's two-week low of $3.61-3/ 4 a bushel.
PRETORIA, Aug 26- South Africa avoided slipping into recession in the second quarter as solid growth in agriculture and finance outweighed a plunge in production in the strike-hit mining sector, data showed on Tuesday.
After corn prices peaked during a 2012 drought, this year's record harvest has pushed prices to lows and forced farmers to postpone purchases.
Aug 25- A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
*Corn retreats on forecast of record crop. Aug 25- Chicago corn futures fell on Monday after two straight days of gains while soybeans slid to a contract low on forecasts of record crops in the United States. Chicago Board of Trade new crop December corn fell 1.3 percent or 4-3/ 4 cents to $3.66-3/ 4 a bushel by 9:36 a.m. CDT.
Asia's newly minted chocoholics are tempting sweets-makers, but challenges range from different cultural tastes to the region driving up cocoa prices.
*Pro Farmer sees bigger U.S. corn crop than USDA. CHICAGO, Aug 22- Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest.
SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Asian feed grain importers expect an influx of cheap feed wheat from Ukraine and France as heavy rain in Europe damages the quality of crops, leaving them fit for only animal consumption.
MOSCOW, Aug 22- In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the tit-for-tat sanctions.
Tensions are mounting between ranchers and farmers, and the oil and gas industry, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan.
BOGOTA, Aug 21- Colombia's 2015 arabica coffee crop faces little risk of damage from dry weather even if an El Nino weather anomaly occurs early next year, according to the chief agronomist at the farmer-funded Federation of Coffee Growers.
French exports exceed those of Britain and Lithuania on the world market, but a wet summer has meant France is set to produce more wheat for animal feed and less higher grade bread-making grain this year.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 21- Canadian farmers are on course to produce less wheat and canola than expected, according to Statistics Canada's first report on the 2014 harvest. "I think the trade is going to view this report as fairly friendly," said Dave Reimann, market analyst for Cargill Ltd's grain marketing services division.