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Food and Beverage Agriculture


  • Designer Genes: Court to Decide on DNA Patents Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 7:14 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court building.

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that calls into question whether DNA can be claimed as intellectual property, and remain off limits without the permission of the patent holder.

  • Agricultural Stocks Look Interesting: Pro Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:05 AM ET
    Agricultural Stocks Look Interesting: Pro

    Jonathan Compton, managing director at Bedlam Asset Management, tells CNBC the stocks he thinks you should be buying.

  • William Shakespeare Was a Tax Dodger: Study Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 4:53 PM ET

    As millions of procrastinating Americans prepare to file their taxes, here's a fun fact: William Shakespeare was a tax dodger!

  • Corn Prices Collapsing Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:27 PM ET
    Corn Prices Collapsing

    Corn futures are down to 9-month lows today; farmers plan to plant on 97 million acres this year. Virginia McGathey, McGathey Commodities president, discusses the impact this will have on the commodity.

  • Holy Cow! Bovine Sells for $170,000 Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 2:39 PM ET
    Karlie the cow was sold for $170,000.

    Think beef is expensive now? A cow just sold for a record $170,000 at auction in Syracuse, New York.

  • Planting a Winning Trade On the USDA Crop Reports Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 2:02 PM ET

    U.S. corn and soybean futures plunged on Thursday, on track for their biggest daily loss in months, after a government crop report shocked professional traders.

  • Our Massively One-Sided Immigration Debate Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 3:48 PM ET
    A fence separates the cities of Nogales, Arizona (L) and Nogales, Sonora Mexico.

    A new study from the Sunlight Foundation reveals who is dominating the $1.5 billion lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. over immigration reform. You might be surprised by the results.

  • Texas Drought Sparks Water Woes and Innovation Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 10:57 AM ET
    Rice fields in Texas.

    They got a little rain in Southeast Texas this week, but hardly enough to provide relief for rice farmers who are grappling with a third year of drought conditions and water constraints.

  • Beef & Dairy Blues Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    Beef & Dairy Blues

    The rising cost of feed is pushing beef prices higher, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Farmers 'Nervous' Over This Year's Crop Season Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 3:54 PM ET
    New Growth Corn Field Rows

    Nerves are on edge across the heartland, especially after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that it expects little relief from the drought over the next three months.

  • Milk: Got Sequester? Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 1:22 PM ET
    Milk: Got Sequester?

    Milk is a huge deal in Washington. The milk industry carries a lot of weight. But now dairy farmers are utterly concerned about the relationship and you should be concerned about the impact, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Horse Meat Applicant’s Food Safety Is Questioned Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 8:54 AM ET

    The New Mexico company, Valley Meat, drew complaints over a two-year period from federal inspectors and state regulators over its disposal of remains when it processed cattle for beef. The New York Times reports.

  • A Sweet (and Secretive) Bailout for Big Sugar Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 1:38 PM ET

    Why on earth is the Department of Agriculture keeping the names of which companies are in danger of defaulting on government loans a secret?

  • Goodbye, Drought; Hello, Bumper Crops Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 10:59 AM ET

    Improved weather is projected to result in a successful growing year, which could reduce the pressure on grain, livestock feed and consumer prices.

  • What's Behind the Decline in Mexican Farm Workers? Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 | 5:07 PM ET

    Here's a hint: It's not because of increased immigration enforcement or border violence.

  • Noble: Positive on 2013 Agricultural Outlook Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 6:45 PM ET
    Noble: Positive on 2013 Agricultural Outlook

    Yusuf Alireza, CEO at Noble Group, tells CNBC why the commodities trading firm remains upbeat for 2013, despite posting a 14 percent fall in fourth quarter profit on losses at its agriculture business.

  • Sequester's Impact on Food Safety Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
    Sequester's Impact on Food Safety

    House Agriculture subcommittee chairman, Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX), talks to CNBC about what's likely to happen to food safety if the sequester causes a mass layoff of USDA inspectors.

  • Supreme Court Appears to Defend Patent on Soybean Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 9:33 AM ET
    FILE - In this June 28, 2011 file photo, bottles of Roundup herbicide, a product of Monsanto, are displayed on a store shelf, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    The case, over a farmer who reproduced and saved seeds patented by Monsanto, questions whether natural replication can constitute patent infringement. The NYT reports.

  • US Plains Farmland Up More Than Record Setting 20% Friday, 15 Feb 2013 | 4:22 PM ET

    Farmland values in the U.S. Plains states jumped more than 20 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier.

  • Who Owns Seeds? Monsanto Says Not You Friday, 15 Feb 2013 | 1:40 PM ET
    A researcher sorts leaf samples from a soybean plant at a Monsanto facility.

    The United States Supreme Court will decide that in a case involving a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana named Vernon Bowman. Monsanto sued Bowman in 2007, claiming the farmer has for years used seeds reaped from a first crop of Monsanto Roundup Ready soybean seeds to grow another crop.