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Oilseed, edible oil prices surge on import duty hike [0.02]

Posted on Aug. 14, 2017, 2:57 p.m. by Markets @ [source]

Prices of oilseeds and edible oils jumped by up to 3.5 per cent in spot and futures on Monday, due to apprehension of lower supply after an increase in the Customs duty, to curb cheaper import.

The strengthening rupee and low international prices, combined with a duty differential favouring import of refined edible oils, had led to immense pressure on the domestic industry, with many crushing and refining facilities on the verge of closure.

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Edible oil to become costlier by 4-5% on import duty hike [0.02]

Posted on Aug. 12, 2017, 11:40 a.m. by Markets @ [source]

The on Friday announced increase in on both crude and refined edible oil, a demand that the domestic seed crushing and refining industry had been making over the past several months.

But, a marginal increase is unlikely to make a difference for consumers.

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In a major disappointment for new entrant farmers, crop has come under severe pest and attacks in major producing states, which is sparking fears of a sharp decline in India's fibre this season.

If this estimate proves true, farmers who shifted from pulses and edible oilseeds to sow for better realisation would certainly get disappointed with a possible decline in their income this year due to low output.

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Kleiner Perkins, one of Silicon Valley's old-guard venture capital firms, is moving fast to plug holes in its investment team.

New talent tends to move on from Kleiner, rather than rise in the ranks.

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It’s Lonely At Seed [0.15]

Posted on July 11, 2017, 12:35 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

When WLV pitches to potential investors, they always ask “Why Seed?”.

The data shows that if you calculate the probabilities, WLV is giving their LPs the best chance to make money given the risk we will assume.

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Hybrid seed companies favour licensing for plant breeders [0.16]

Posted on July 1, 2017, 6:06 p.m. by Markets @ [source]

Hybrid seed manufacturers have opposed the decision of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPVFRA) to dispense with the requirement of the (NoC) from the trait developer for with genetically modified (GM) traits. The Authority had obtained a legal opinion that indicated that the NoC stipulation was contravening the legal provisions, giving undue advantages to trait developers such as Biotech (MMBL).MMBL is a 51:49 per cent joint venture between American biotech company Inc and Indian company Maharashtra Hybrid Company Ltd (Mahyco), which licenses the GM insect-resistance trait in cotton.

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Both and producers have agreed to cut prices in a recent meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture. While companies have obliged the government with 10 per cent price cut, companies agreed to roll back a recent price increase.

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Sunk Costs and Investing [0.06]

Posted on June 15, 2017, 11:25 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

One of the hardest decisions to make when you are investing is whether to do the next round or not. If you are a seed investor, should you be sinking money in a C round?

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Dow Chemical (NYSE: ) and DuPont (NYSE: ) said that Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defense (“CADE”) has conditionally approved their proposed $130 billion mega-merger. These include certain seed processing plants and seed research centers, a copy of Dow AgroSciences' Brazilian corn germplasm bank and a license for the use of the Dow Seeds brand for a specific period of time.

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The government is expected to soon allow commercial release of three genetically modified (Bt) and indigenously developed varieties of cotton seed, for the first time.

Officials said the seeds (called PAU-1, RS 2013 and F-1861) had been recommended for commercial release by the (ICAR).

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Cancer-Causing Toxin Turns Up In Sunflower Seeds [0.12]

Posted on April 24, 2017, 6:43 p.m. by ValueWalk @ [source]

Sunflower seeds and products made from them are often contaminated with a toxin produced by molds, report researchers.

In a new study, a team of scientists documented frequent occurrence of aflatoxin—a toxin produced by Aspergillus molds that commonly infect corn, peanuts, pistachios, and almonds—in sunflower seeds and their products.

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We are initiating coverage on Arix Bioscience PLC (LON: ) following its February 2017 IPO that raised £113m. Arix is a new transatlantic life sciences portfolio company drawing from managerial expertise at all levels of the pharma industry to engage in opportunities ranging from seed investing to public equity.

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Doomsday Vault For The End OF The World Explained [0.12]

Posted on April 13, 2017, 8:28 p.m. by ValueWalk @ [source]

Imagine that the unthinkable has happened. Officially called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it already holds close to a million samples of crops around the world, with each sample holding about 500 seeds.

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Monsanto Plants Seeds for Future Growth [0.22]

Posted on April 5, 2017, 5:54 p.m. by Latest Articles in Stocks @ [source]

Monsanto (NYSE: MON) has been a controversial company for a long time, as many people disapprove of the company's advances in agricultural technology over the years. Yet as demand for food rises, Monsanto has seen increased interest in many of its products, and coming into Wednesday's fiscal second-quarter report, investors of the seed and agricultural productivity giant expected to see solid growth.

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Bt cotton seed price unchanged for 2017-18 [0.06]

Posted on March 16, 2017, 7:43 p.m. by Markets @ [source]

The Centre has kept the of genetically modified (Bt) cotton seeds for 2017-18 unchanged at Rs 800 per 450g packet. The ‘trait value’ (fee charged by seed research companies from license holders) has also been retained at Rs 49, which includes all taxes.

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The Board [0.09]

Posted on March 14, 2017, 10:11 a.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

Fred Wilson wrote a post about convertible notes and SAFEs the other day.

One of the things that Fred doesn’t talk about in his post is that if you do an equity round, you have to form a board of directors.

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Innovation in Agriculture [0.36]

Posted on Feb. 11, 2017, 1:28 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

When we were bullish meat markets we always said “people gotta eat”. Innovation happens from seed genetics, to farming practices, to machines, to the factories that process food right down to packaging and the way we distribute it.

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The Series B Investor [0.16]

Posted on Feb. 7, 2017, 2:19 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

There are a lot of VC investors that prefer not to mess with early rounds. There are a lot of logical reasons for this.

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After months of negotiating and three raised buyout offers, Bayer AG (NASDAQOTH: BAYRY) finally won the prize it had been seeking: Monsanto (NYSE: MON) . Not only do shares of Monsanto currently trade at a 18.75% discount to the offer price of $128 per share -- implying little faith on Wall Street that the deal will, in fact, close -- but the rationale for the merger itself is also questionable at best.

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Interacting With Your Board [0.21]

Posted on Dec. 18, 2016, 1:57 p.m. by Points and Figures @ [source]

My friend Jim Gray was on an HPA panel recently and offered up some advice on how to interact with your board.

How to Present Information to Your Board from Hyde Park Angels on Vimeo.

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