[WASHINGTON] The US Soybean Export Council says the Chinese Ministry of Commerce may make a commitment to buy a record volume of US soybeans when its officials are in Iowa next month.

AFTER a steady five-month climb, the total value of 747 Singapore Exchange-listed companies dipped 0.1 per cent in May to S$962.3 billion, from the S$962.8 billion a month ago.

CHINA'S agricultural landscape can be summed up fairly simply: it has too little arable land, divided into too many tiny plots, tended by too many farmers, who are mostly too old. And much of...