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Global Food and Agriculture 2011

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Slower year ahead for food and ag deals

CHICAGO The food and agriculture sector will see fewer mergers and acquisitions in 2011 as high, volatile commodity prices limit the appetite for deals and chief executives wait for the right strategic buys.

Food-the next big bankable idea?

CHICAGO The world keeps seeing more mouths to feed, a fact that leads to smart investment bets.

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DineEquity protects visits, cuts costs

CHICAGO DineEquity Inc still has ample room to cut costs at its Applebee's and IHOP restaurants to offset rising costs for key ingredients like eggs, cheese and bacon, its chief executive said.

Tight money, open debate may trim U.S. farm aid

WASHINGTON Congress may push idle cropland back into production or get rid of a $5 billion-a-year subsidy to grain, cotton and soybean farmers when it overhauls U.S. farm law, a House committee chairman said on Wednesday.

AgroGeneration targeting Ukraine

PARIS French farm investor AgroGeneration aims to double its business in Ukraine and make a foray in Argentina, convinced that demographics will support commodity prices and its business model.

High ag prices attract investment into sector: CME

CHICAGO High prices for agricultural commodities will attract investment into the sector that could boost production and help increase global food supplies, according to David Lehman, managing director for research at exchange operator CME Group Inc .

OECD says better info key in agriculture

PARIS Reliable and readily available information rather than more onerous regulation would improve the functioning of physical and financial markets in agriculture, an OECD official said on Wednesday.

House ag chair working to slow CFTC rulemaking

Washington The U.S. futures regulator needs to tap the brakes on its rush to implement financial reform, the chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee said on Wednesday, adding he is talking with other lawmakers to make that happen.

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France sees food price rebound after Japan shock

PARIS France's farm minister said on Wednesday an earthquake and tsunami in Japan may support relatively high food prices in the coming months after an initial pullback in commodity markets.

G20 nears farm data deal to tame prices

PARIS G20 nations are nearing a consensus on some of France's proposals to curb commodity market volatility amid fears surging food prices could spark more political unrest, the French agriculture minister said.

Food chain gets cost jolt in PPI data

CHICAGO Executives setting prices from farms to dinner tables have coped with higher costs for months and handling those spikes may be getting even harder.

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