Friday, February 4th 2011 - 21:07 UTC

France and FAO call for greater regulation to curb commodities speculation

French Farm Minister Bruno Le Maire, risks of a global food crisis

France and the U.N. food agency FAO warned on Friday about the risk of a new global food crisis and ensuing riots, calling for greater regulation to curb speculation on commodities markets.

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 - 07:06 UTC

Argentina declares compulsory conciliation to end crippling strike at export ports

Grains and oilseed futures advanced to 30 months high

Argentina's government has ordered unions to suspend a week-old strike at leading grains ports for a 15-day period to hold talks with company bosses, a Labour Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 - 01:13 UTC

Soy prices soar as Argentine ports are blocked by week-long strike

An estimated 45 ships are stranded because of the conflict

The provincial government of Santa Fe home of Argentina's grain export hub has requested the federal government to help end a week-old strike that is delaying shipments from one of the world's biggest food suppliers, the provincial Labour minister said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 26th 2011 - 18:14 UTC

Argentine Wheat Exports May Fall to Lowest in Almost Three Decades

Wheat sales for the 2009-2010 season in Argentina are primarily from the crop harvested through January 2010, which was curbed by water shortages, reports Bloomberg.

Monday, January 24th 2011 - 04:52 UTC

Argentine Farmers End Protest: For Now

The leaders of the four farm workers groups at a press conference.

The farmers’ strike which has been taking in place in Argentina for the past week ended on midnight Sunday but the leaders have warned that members of the relevant rural entities will meet in two weeks, to discuss further measures and that they do not rule out another strike. The current measures had put a halt to the sale of grains.

Thursday, January 20th 2011 - 03:42 UTC

Argentina Farmers Threaten Second Strike of 2011

Eduardo Buzzi during the farmers meeting

Argentine farmers threatened to go on strike for a second time this year if the government does not change their policy towards them. At a meeting in Buenos Aires province city, Bahia Blanca, farm workers leaders met to discuss the week-long strike, which began last Monday. Farmers have stopped the sale of wheat, corn and soybean over export curbs.

Monday, January 17th 2011 - 08:57 UTC

Argentine farmers are back in a strike

Interventionist measures have been repeated for several harvests in recent years,” Hugo Biolcati said

Argentine farmers have halted sales of wheat, corn and soy in a strike over export curbs, rekindling a dispute that helped drive global grains prices to record highs three years ago.

Tuesday, January 11th 2011 - 22:12 UTC

Lack of rainfall in Argentina is pushing up prices for corn and soybeans

The forecast for corn is now 20 million tons compared to 25 million in early December

Corn and soybeans advanced for a second day as dry weather stressed crops in Argentina, raising concerns the global deficit may be larger than estimated.

Tuesday, January 11th 2011 - 21:38 UTC

FAO food prices index marks record; threat for global growth and social stability

Bolivia had to roll back fuel increases because of its impact on food prices

The United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO, global food prices index reached a record high in December, 2010 reported the organization this week. The FAO food index tracks a basket of 55 key food commodities including items such as wheat, cooking oil and fats and sugar.

Friday, December 24th 2010 - 08:06 UTC

Uruguay under agriculture “state of emergency” because of lack of rains

Agriculture minister Tabare Aguere

The Uruguayan government declared Thursday an “agriculture state of emergency” because of the drought situation to the north of the country. The declaration opens the way to grant small farmers government support.


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