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Ag week speaker touts high-tech usage

By Raed Battah – Jack Crowner, 73, is the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” in Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Morocco. That’s the message he received from his son, Mark Crowner, when he visited North Africa and the Middle East with Presbyterian USA. “You’re loud and clear in Syria, Dad,” read an e-mail from Mark Crowner to […]

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Brazilian Soybeans Not So Attractive To Foreign Buyers

USAgNet – 05/12/2005 – International soybean buyers are steering away from Brazil this year due to a strong Brazil currency, farmer stock retention and crop losses, according to bean traders. Last year producers had to wait in long lines at the Parangua port to deliver their soybeans. This year there are no lines as producers […]

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Coffee May Give Investors’ Portfolios A Jolt

By David J. DesLauriers – TORONTO (ResourceInvestor.com) — After reaching their nadir in December 2001 with an all-time contract low of 41.5 cents, coffee futures have rebounded smartly. The price of a pound of coffee doubled in the past year recently peaking at $1.50, and settling back into the $1.20 range. While it would appear […]

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Business Booming For Specialty Palm Oil Makers

By Benjamin Low – KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)–Palm oil’s attractive price and health concerns linked to the use of rival oils are boosting demand for the tropical oil in the food industry, but Malaysian companies need to venture downstream and provide better packaging options to capitalize on the upsurge, a maker of palm oil-based products […]

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Supplies mar futures trade in sugar as prices recede

By Hamid Waleed – LAHORE: The sugar trader and investors are in a fix over their future contracts and market derivatives as rising supply of the commodity and consequently receding price have exposed them to losses. The situation emerged after excessive deals on future counters were witnessed lately whereas government’s permission for unlimited duty free […]

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Indian Agribusiness Systems

Commodity Traders have a great opportunity to enter India where 4 national exchanges have becoming active in the last 18 months and the cumulative trading on the exchanges has crossed USD 1.2 billion a day within this short period. Refco is already in India along with several others multinational broking firms. I am publishing this […]

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U.S. sugar fighting for survival

By Jane Bussey – CLEWISTON – The heavy odor of molasses hangs over the glistening modern sugar refinery and the aging processing mill that traditionally signified the sweet smell of success for United States Sugar Corp. Now to survive tough global competition, the country’s largest sugar cane producer must slash jobs and spend millions on […]

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Florida’s citrus industry clears hurdle in trade fight

By Jane Bussey – The International Trade Commission voted to continue an investigation of the Florida citrus industry complaint against Brazilian producers for alleged exports of low-priced citrus concentrates. The Florida citrus industry passed the first of four hurdles in its trade fight with Brazilian orange producers when the International Trade Commission ruled Thursday that […]

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Mixed brew in “The Coffee Trader”

Book review by Ernie Yap – This is a book about coffee (view image) and how it became traded and valued as one of the most popular drinks in the world. Newsrooms, classrooms, boardrooms, hospitals, office complexes, and whole governments today would be a lot drowsier and more slow-moving without it. It is almost apt […]

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Missouri Ethanol Plant Begins Production

By Julianne Johnston – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated the farmer-owners of Mid-Missouri Energy, Inc. (MME) for beginning production at their ethanol plant near Malta Bend, Missouri. “The farmer-owners of Mid-Missouri Energy can be proud to join the fastest growing energy industry in America,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA president. “This ethanol plant will […]

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