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No Shortage of Food

There is a shortage of respirators and masks, but not food. The actual exporting of food has slowed in some cases due to restrictions on labor, but Bloomberg’s Isis Almeida and Agnieszka de Sousa assembled the following list of food export bans: • Kazakhstan has banned exports of wheat flour, carrots, sugar and potatoes. • Vietnam has stopped rice exports. • Serbia won’t export its sunflower oil and other goods. • Russia has suspended exports of certain grains such as buckwheat and rice. Global wheat, rice and chicken ending stocks are at their highest level in three years. There are more surplus soybeans and pork overhanging the market than two years ago. Coarse grains are down but remain well above req...

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feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.2075/bushel, down $0.03 from yesterday's close.  Sep 20 Wheat closed at $4.955/bushel, down $0.0575 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $8.675/bushel, down $0.105 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $286.8/short ton, down $1.6...

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