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Commodity price dive hits Latin economies

Soybean prices have plunged about 40% since last July amid a global commodities crash. For Argentine growers, the pain has been especially acute. Leftist President Cristina Kirchner, who once disparaged soybeans as "practically a weed," taxes them heavily and maintains a heavy hand in the economy. On top of that, the worst drought to hit Argentina in 70 years is scorching the fields during the growing season.

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