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Commodity pricing

Commodity pricing

What factors are influencing soy, corn, and wheat grain movements? What drivers are behind lysine and methionine price developments and how are markets like feed phosphate and phytase performing?

EU regulatory clearance for $130 billion merger of Dow and DuPont

The EU said it decided to approve a merger between US chemical companies, Dow and DuPont, because they made “significant commitments” to meet its competition concerns.

Further funding for aquaculture in Scotland as feed innovation projects gather pace

A £1m 30-month pilot program to boost innovation in aquaculture in Scotland is set to go ahead.

Mexican metrics: USDA trains spotlight on risk to corn trade with US

As Mexico becomes a more attractive and sophisticated importer, some other countries that produce yellow corn, such as Brazil and Argentina, have shown interest in exporting to the Central American...

News in brief

Japan: corn supply crisis eases

Feed manufacturers in Japan, under pressure in recent weeks due to a supply shortage of corn arising from the cold weather in the US, told Reuters the crisis has eased.

ForFarmers 2016 results: Revenue down, volumes up

ForFarmers said its net revenue for 2016 declined by 6% to €2.1bn last year, with it citing lower raw material prices and the impact of a weaker pound sterling. 

ADM expanding feed footprint in China

Work is about to get underway on ADM’s fifth feed facility in China.

VIV Asia 2017 Preview

India: Ruminants on Nutriad’s radar

Nutriad has traditionally focused on the swine and poultry segments in Asia, but is now looking to target the cattle market in the region, bringing insights from other ruminant markets...

High feed costs put Australian pig producers under pressure

High feed costs are putting Australian pork producers at a disadvantage, but a bumper harvest could offer some relief in 2017.

US team weighs up benefits of hulless barley as dairy feed

In times of high feed ingredient prices, dairy cows may be seeing a new ingredient in their ration – hulless barley, says researcher.

Demand for US corn and wheat to dampen, but soybeans hold strong: USDA

Global demand may support an expansion of US soybean exports, while other feed grains look for a rebalancing year, says analyst.

FEFAC downbeat about prospects for EU compound feed production in 2017

There was a decrease in EU compound feed production in 2016 – it was down 1% on 2015, according to data released by FEFAC this week. 

News in brief

'International markets are key for continued development and success of the US feed industry'

Wilbur Ross, the new US commerce secretary, has been welcomed by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).

Special Edition: Organic Feed

US organic feed grains have room to grow

Despite continuing interest in organic feed production, organic crops production is not keeping pace, says analyst.

EU imposes limits on commodity trading, opponents say new rules 'too permissive'

January 2018 will see new rules enter force in the EU aimed at curbing speculation in products such as wheat, maize and soybeans. 

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

US DDGS producers seek Trump’s help on Chinese market

The US Grains Council and ethanol groups are asking the Trump administration for support to secure the Chinese DDGS and ethanol markets.

Minnesota soybean co-op looks to double production

Minnesota Soybean Processors are in the early stages of doubling production with a new, $240m soybean facility in North Dakota.

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

Vietnam: Debate over influence of international feed players on pricing

Foreign feed companies are extending their reach in the Vietnamese market, according to the country’s ministry of agriculture. 

Outlook for Argentina soybean harvest improves

Despite concerns about heavy rain in Argentina causing additional crop loss for producers, conditions are considered to have stablished: USDA 

Bunge: Demand for soymeal 'soft' but Q4 2016 positive end to tough year

Agribusiness had a challenging year in terms of global macroeconomics but finished strong, says Bunge as it released its Q4 2016 results. 

DSM: Vit C shutdown and LATAM only headwinds in Q4

DSM said it had a very strong 2016, one that was well ahead of strategic goals, as it released it full year and Q4 financial results today.

Demand for cheaper cattle feeds hurt Finnish group's Q4 2016 sales

Finnish food and agribusiness, Raisio, estimates its operating profit for 2017 will fall slightly short of earnings for 2016, and predicts exchange rates will continue to hit its EBIT.

UK: Poultry feed production leaving others in the shade

Animal feed production for the UK was up 6.4% for poultry and 1.4% for cattle and calves but down 5.3% for pigs in December 2016 compared to same month a year earlier. 

WASDE: Wheat offers surprise as eyes turn to exports

The USDA raised US 2016/17 wheat exports by 50m bushels to 1,025m, which it said reflects a strong pace to date.

Organic feed supply squeeze forces UK dairy farmers to act

The pressure on the UK organic protein feed supply is motivating some farmers to start cultivating domestic sources.

Danish Agro 'consolidates' its position in Europe

The Danish Agro group, which operates, primarily, in the Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea region, has posted pre-tax profits of €84m for 2016 - an improvement of 3.8% on 2015.

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