Food and Beverage Agriculture


  • Tax Plan Includes Benefits for Special Interests Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:00 PM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    You thought the tax debate in Congress this week was about extending the Bush tax cuts, right? Or unemployment insurance? It’s also about a long list of smaller tax provisions that have been salted into the bill, unrelated provisions that benefit special interests.

  • Halftime: Top 3 Cloud Trades for 2011 Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 1:45 PM ET

    A highly regarded cloud computing analyst reveals his best plays for the new year.

  • Top Plays on China's Food Inflation Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 11:04 AM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders look at how to trade China's inflation data.

  • Playing the China Commodity Trade Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 11:35 AM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders look at copper and gold ahead of China's November inflation report.

  • Marijuana Seed Company Sees Budding Business Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 3:54 PM ET
    Marijuana & Money: A CNBC Special Report

    Now that Centennial Seed has established a presence in Colorado, selling cannabis seeds to producers of medical marijuana, Ben Holmes wants to tackle 14 other states, where the drug is legal.

  • US Stocks are Cheap, Treasurys Expensive: CIO Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 9:31 AM ET

    Stocks are one of the best value asset classes available to investors, but sovereign bonds including US Treasurys are among the most expensive, Hank Smith, CIO of Haverford Investment, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Cramer’s Cadre of Chemical Stocks Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 5:46 PM ET

    And they’re more than plays on just that sector. In fact, they’re making money right now in multiple bull markets.

  • 'We Love Equities': BlackRock's Fink Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 5:21 PM ET

    US companies in agriculture and technology are strong investments, particularly those that offer big dividends, BlackRock CEO and chairman Laurence Fink told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Government Pays Farmers to Keep Peanuts in Storage Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 11:11 AM ET

    If you grow peanuts in this country, the government will pay you to keep them in storage—instead of selling them—if the price of peanuts falls below a certain target and the farmers decide to forfeit their crop.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner Costs Rise, but Budgets Don't Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 12:45 PM ET

    U.S. families are going to have to be a bit more savvy to bring their Thanksgiving dinner to the table on budget. According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of the turkey and all the fixings has risen 1.3 percent from last year. However, according to a survey by Walmart, three out of five American families are trying to serve their holiday meal on the same budget as last year.

  • Japanese Wineries Betting on a Reviled Grape Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 5:19 AM ET

    Once reviled, Japan's koshu grapes could soon deserve a place among the world’s fine white-wine grapes as local producers change their winemaking practices. The NYT reports.

  • Cotton Prices Highest Since US Civil War Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    Cotton prices are rising dramatically. Analysts say several factors are involved in this historic move, and the macro picture for cotton is more complex than a simple weak dollar, strong commodity play.

  • Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 4:19 PM ET
    Fork and knife, place setting on money, cutlery on napkin with plate, expensive food

    In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011. For all food, prices are expected to rise two to three percent, which is double the levels of 2010. Meat prices are expected to rise up to 3.5 percent, and dairy 5.5 percent.

  • Post-Recalls, a New Way to Clean the Greens Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 10:41 AM ET

    The produce industry — rocked by several major recalls in recent years linked to outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria — has been searching for a better way to wash its greens. Now, the nation’s leading producer of bagged salad greens, Fresh Express, says that washing them in a mild acid solution accomplishes the task. The NYT reports.

  • Pops & Drops: Smithfield Foods, Big Lots... Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 5:52 PM ET

    As stocks ended off session highs Wednesday, the traders discussed some stocks that caught their attention.

  • Hottest Commodity? The Whole Sector Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 2:19 PM ET

    From oil to corn, the commodities sector is on fire. Gold, silver and copper are at all-time highs as the U.S. dollar loses value.

  • EPA Expected to OK More Ethanol in Gas Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 5:07 AM ET
    Fields of corn surround the Golden Grain Energy ethanol plant, in Mason City, Iowa.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to raise the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline for vehicles manufactured since 2007.

  • Rising Corn Prices Trigger Fears of Rising Food Costs Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 1:46 AM ET

    Extreme weather this year has sent grain prices soaring, jolting commodities markets and creating fears of tight supplies that could eventually hit consumers’ wallets. The NYT reports.

  • Are Investors Blind to Bad News? Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 7:29 PM ET

    It has certainly seemed so lately. Cramer’s advice: Use that to your advantage.

  • Why Dow 11,000 Matters So Much Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 3:47 PM ET

    Plus, a look at low P/E multiples, earnings and the ag market.