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Food and Beverage Agriculture


  • Weather Impact on Grains Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 7:40 PM ET
    Weather Impact on Grains

    Christopher Narayanan, Head of Agricultural Commodities Research, Societe Generale says that there's no need for an ethanol mandate waiver as there is still sufficient inventories.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    The Fed kicks off a two-day meeting on Tuesday and the market is buzzing with anticipation that the central bank could take action—or at least lay some groundwork.

  • British Youth Seek Farmland as Beef Prices Rise Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 8:24 AM ET
    Cows waiting to be milked

    British farmers tend not to be known for their cheeriness. But at the Melton Mowbray cattle market in England’s undulating green Midlands area, where cows, sheep, and chickens are traded, even the most taciturn farmers admit that their business is a good one to be in these days. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Surprisingly Legal Drugs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 10:15 AM ET
    Amyl nitrate is a medical treatment for heart disease and cyanide poisoning. It’s also used as an inhalant that goes by the street name “poppers,” and it’s been abused ever since the disco era.

    The marketplace for narcotics isn’t what it used to be. Read ahead to see a list of dangerous drugs that are legal in many American states.

  • Weather Extremes Leave Parts of US Grid Buckling Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    A police car drives down a tornado-ravaged street March 3, 2012 in Henryville, Indiana. Dozens of people were killed as severe weather and tornados ripped through the South and Midwest on March 02, 2012.

    From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms, the New York Times reports.

  • Asphalt From Pig Manure? Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    Sattler, however, isn't using cow manure but pig manure in an additive he's testing which can replace up to 15 percent of asphalt. A pilot project in Missouri "shows no signs of deterioration" and "appears to be performing well after having been in place for a year."

  • Trading the Worst Drought in 50 Years Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 6:34 PM ET

    With large portions of the nation’s corn crop faltering, Cramer thinks investors should consider this stock.

  • Expected Rain May Be Too Late for Corn Crop Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 1:40 PM ET
    Rain clouds seen over a cornfield.

    Forecasts of rain for the Midwest drove grain prices lower for a second day, but it’s too late for any amount of showers to save the corn crop.

  • Drought Continues to Shrivel Corn Crop Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 5:19 PM ET
    The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. Indiana was the nation's fourth largest corn producer in 2011.

    Rain is expected in the Midwest this week, but it’s too late for much of the corn crop, nearly half of which is now expected to be in poor condition or worse.

  • How to Build the Next Generation of American Farmers Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 1:40 PM ET

    More small U.S. farmers are turning to succession planning to ensure farms are passed down through generations. See what you can learn from these family businesses.

  • Foodie Fad to Bona Fide Business Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 11:14 AM ET
    garden vegetables

    Once relegated to non-profit, community-based endeavors, urban farming is gaining traction with small companies seeking profits. See where rooftop-garden businesses are sprouting up across the U.S.

  • How to Retire Abroad: Costa Rica Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 10:45 AM ET
    When the time comes to retire, not everyone wants a condo in Boca Raton. Many people want to spend their later years in another culture, one that makes them feel like they’ve stumbled upon a secret paradise.One such place is Costa Rica. Its name means “rich coast,” which is appropriate considering its location on the Central American isthmus. Its equatorial location keeps its climate tropical year-round, and the Pacific Ocean on its west side and the Caribbean Sea to the east make it everything

    Many people want to spend their later years in an environment that makes them feel like they’ve stumbled upon a secret paradise.

  • World Braced for New Food Crisis Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:46 AM ET

    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

  • Will Asia See a Repeat of the 2008 Food Scare? Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:32 AM ET

    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

  • Shaun White featured on a box of Wheaties

    From breakfast cereal to chips to Coca-Cola, the price of corn has an impact on a wide range of food products at the grocery store, but commodities investor Dennis Gartman says it’s the cost of packaging that tends to impact consumer’s wallet more.

  • China Food Firms Brace for Margins Hit From US Drought Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 4:42 AM ET

    The worst drought in U.S. history is hurting food companies in China and margins are likely to suffer in the second half of the year, even as firms battle rising wages, analysts tell CNBC.

  • After Bernanke, Markets Turn to Jobless Claims, Earnings Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 7:03 PM ET

    Jobless claims and increasingly soggy-looking earnings news could set the tone for stocks Thursday, after a two-day rally fueled by the prospect of more Fed easing.

  • Drought Now Burning Pig Farmers, Too Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 3:52 PM ET

    Last year, David Struthers’ Iowa corn crop got flattened by wind. This year, it’s getting hit by drought.

  • Corn Prices Headed for Record Highs as Crop Shrinks Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:48 AM ET
    A farmer looks over an ear of corn picked from one of his fields near Ashley, Illinois. According to the Illinois Farm Bureau the state is experiencing the sixth driest year on record.

    Corn futures are heading to record highs on reports of wider crop devastation, and as forecasts show continued hot, dry weather threatening even more of this year’s crop.

  • Worst Midwest Drought Since 1956 Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 5:30 PM ET
    Worst Midwest Drought Since 1956

    Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter, offers investment advice for corn and grain traders. "I think corn might still go higher," says Gartman.