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    Russia banned imports of raw vegetables from the European Union on Thursday because of a deadly E.coli outbreak centered in Germany, a move branded "disproportionate" by Brussels.

  • China’s Interest in Farmland Makes Brazil Nervous Friday, 27 May 2011 | 4:17 PM ET
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    When the Chinese came looking for more soybeans in Uruaçu, Brazil, last year, they inquired about buying land — lots of it. Now some in Brazil are beginning to see those purchases as a problem.

  • Cramer: 4 Bull Markets Happening Now Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 7:06 PM ET

    And the "Mad Money" host reveals how to play them.

  • Stink Bug Spread Worries Growers Across Nation Friday, 20 May 2011 | 11:36 AM ET
    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

    An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.

  • Rainy Day Investing: Grain Prices Expected to Rebound Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 2:20 PM ET
    Roy Presson (C) embraces his daughters Catherine (L) and Amanda as they stand on the edge of State Highway HH looking out at their family farm on May 3, 2011 at Wyatt, Missouri. The Presson home and 2,400 acres of land that they farmed was flooded last night when the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to help save the town of Cairo, Illinois.

    Experts in the corn, wheat and soy markets expect the sharp pullback in recent weeks to be little more than a temporary correction as heavy rain and strong demand cause prices to rebound.

  • Semi Tough on California's I-5 Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 4:03 PM ET
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    I hit the road Wednesday morning at 2 a.m. to drive to Mendota, in the heart of California's Central Valley. My assignment—report on plans to build California's largest nuclear power plant, even though there's a moratorium on new nuke facilities in the Golden State. What I found, driving the I-5 during the dark of night is not for the weak.

  • Corn Reserves Expected to Rise, Easing Food Prices Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 9:47 AM ET
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    U.S. corn surpluses are expected to increase higher than anticipated this summer and grow even more next year, a trend that could help ease rising food and grain prices this year.

  • New Nuclear Plant Could Rise in California Farm Fields Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 8:52 PM ET
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    A French company is gambling it can beat the odds and build a nuclear plant in the heart of California's fertile farmland. Areva has partnered with a group of California businessmen and farmers who've formed the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group.

  • CFTC to Probe Speculator Role in Commodity Prices Friday, 6 May 2011 | 11:21 AM ET
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    The Commodities Futures Trading Commission will be looking at the role of speculators in recent volatile commodities pricing, Commissioner Bart Chilton told CNBC Friday.

  • Rare Opportunities Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:10 AM ET
    Rare Opportunities

    CNBC's Brian Shactman talks to industry insiders to find out the next great rare earth investments.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's "Squawk on the Street."

  • Lightning Round: Goldcorp, Potash, Sina and More Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 7:09 PM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Harvested cocoa beans

    International shipping companies have resumed deliveries of cocoa from the world’s largest supplier but analysts say the commodity will remain volatile for the foreseeable future.

  • New Global Diet Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:38 PM ET
    An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

    Much like housing years ago, food has become something bigger than itself. It's about far more than sustenance. It's about commodities trading, global trade, energy, biotechnology and government policy. Our special report, "Food Economics, explores all of those dimensions.

  • Countries Most Vulnerable To Food Shock Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Recent events in the Middle east and northern Africa have show that the supply and price of food can lead to major social unrest and even the downfall of a government. Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. The global recession of 2008-09 took some the wind out of surging agricultural prices, but there's growing concern that globalization will ultimately tax food supplies. Population and income grow

    Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. Click to see which countries are most vulnerable to food shock.

  • America’s Fat Energy Budget For Food Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:10 PM ET
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    From harvest to transportation to strorage and preparation, the US food system is about as energy inefficient as it gets — and it’s only getting worse.

  • Green And Local Don’t Always Make For Smart Food Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:09 PM ET
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    Farmers markets are popping up across the country as often as a new crop of corn. But the problem of making a profit—for themselves and the farmers that supply them—grows as well.

  • Help Wanted On The Farm Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:06 PM ET
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    A growing interest in small-scale agriculture  — blending entrepreneurism and sustainability — is beginning to reverse a decades-long flight from the farm.

  • Farm Subsidies Face The Budget Axe — Seriously Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
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    With commodities prices shy high, most in Washington want to cut agricuktural aid, including billions in direct payments that go to many farmers annually regardless of need,

  • High Hopes For High-Tech, High-Yield Food Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
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    With both global food prices and concerns about food safety on the rise, technology is playing a more important role in the economics of the world’s food supply.