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Food and Beverage Agriculture


  • 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.

  • Dust Bowl 2012: Midwest Suffers Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 1:39 PM ET
    Dust Bowl 2012: Midwest Suffers

    The Weather Channel's Carl Parker reports on the worst drought in years, and the state of agriculture in the Midwest.

  • Commodity Check: Corn & Nat Gas Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 5:48 PM ET
    Commodity Check: Corn & Nat Gas

    The price of grains continues its rise on prolonged drought worries, and Mike Harris of Campbell & Company, checks the charts for an investment opportunity. Amelia Bourdeau of Wespac, discusses whether the euro has hit bottom.

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    With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Protein Shortage Ahead? Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 5:40 PM ET
    Protein Shortage Ahead?

    Carl Icahn upped his stake in Navistar, with the Fast Money traders; and Barclays and Goldman Sachs are increasing their price forecast for grain futures as corn continues to rally, with Jim Bower, Bower Trading. "If this weather stays inflammatory, and we keep dropping this yield down on soybeans, we could be faced with a protein shortage worldwide in the months to come," says Bower.

  • Corn, Soybeans Will Continue to Be a 'Buy': Pro Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 9:20 AM ET
    The curled leaves of corn plants suffering from a lack of moisture stand in a field in Princeton, Illinois. The leaves would typically be open and flat. Corn supplies in the U.S., the world's biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world's largest harvest for a third consecutive year.

    Both corn and soybean prices have slid from Monday’s record highs and should be considered a buying opportunity if this pull-back continues in the short term, Erin FitzPatrick, Commodity Analyst at Rabobank, told CNBC.

  • How Will the Drought Affect Consumer Food Prices? Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 11:22 PM ET

    Over the last 30 days corn is up 18.9 percent, wheat is up 30.9 percent, and soybeans have seen a 6.8 percent rise. These big moves are sparking concerns that products that use them will see price increases, especially with respect to corn.

  • Drought Disaster Spreads Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 7:20 PM ET
    Drought Disaster Spreads

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and Jane Wells report on the agriculture department's response to widespread drought conditions, Merck's new osteoporosis drug, and the buyer of Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

  • Feds Declare Drought Emergency Across 1,000 Counties Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 2:49 PM ET

    The U.S. government declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states drought disasters, as the economic impact of the worst crop conditions in 24 years begins to be felt.

  • Midwest Farmers Field of Dreams Turns Brown Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    The USDA slashed projections of corn production by a larger than expected amount, now predicting an average yield of 146 bushels an acre. "My concern is we're underestimating the scope of the problem," says Gulke, who also advises farmers on risk management tools like futures with The Gulke Group.

  • Farmer Brian Pilotte holds an ear of immature corn while looking over a drought stricken field in Idaville, Indiana, U.S.

    After a multi-week rally, grain prices slumped Tuesday, as traders caught a whiff of summer rain in the forecast, ahead of a major government crop report Wednesday.

  • If you thought JPMorgan and agriculture prices have little in common, you’d probably be right. But they do share one characteristic — they are both headed lower, if the traders on Friday’s "Options Action" are correct.

  • Farming Boost to North Korea’s Economy Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 3:16 AM ET
    Farmer picking weeds

    Gillian Tett of the Financial Times says markets may be headed for another "summer curse" and she points to five reasons why.