Food and Beverage Agriculture

  • Soybean crop

    Volatility has become a way of life, but people still have to eat. That's why sales at Dupont's agricultural businesses, including seed and insecticide, have been strong, according to CEO Ellen Kullman.

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    Instead of just shipping products for companies, UPS and FedEx are also storing, maintaining and even customizing products — all with their own employees. CNBC's Brian Shactman explains.

  • If you want great milk, you need happy and healthy cows. At Conrad's Dairy Farm, that means pampering their milk producers with waterbeds.

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    Food prices and security, threatened by weather-caused production declines and relentless rising demand, will be a key issue at the conference of world business, political and social leaders.

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    CNBC's Brian Shactman goes inside the mad dash to move more than 25-million packages a day. It’s a revealing look at a complex system of jaw dropping automation at industry giants UPS and Fed Ex.

  • Signs look positive for the agricultural and fertilizer industries in 2012, and U.S. companies would likely benefit the most, investor Dennis Gartman said on “Fast Money.”

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    The new head of the U.N. food agency said he expects food prices to remain volatile in 2012 —and more people will go hungry.

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    Mitt Romney, well aware of the Christian conservatives aligned against him, is devoting special attention to voters who he thinks should be natural supporters: businesspeople who appreciate his private-sector experience and his focus on the economy.

  • The "Mad Money" host details a long-term theme he thinks is worth considering.

  • Milk is on track to be the top performing commodity for the year, in terms of price percentage gains.

  • Where Will Grain Prices Be Next Year?

    Analysis on why grain prices are up and where they are headed, with Jerry Gulke, The Gulke Group.

  • Howard Buffett drives a piece of farm equipment in this frame grab from a profile of Warren Buffett's son on CBS' 60 Minutes.

    Howard Buffett, Warren's oldest son, was the subject of an in-depth profile on the CBS News program 60 Minutes over the weekend.  He's shown as a hands-on Nebraska farmer who likes to harvest his own crops.

  • Corzine's Return Engagement

    Tomorrow, the Senate Agriculture Committee will put Jon Corzine, former MF Global CEO, back in the hot seat for more questioning regarding the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of dollars in customer funds. CNBC's Jane Wells has the details.

  • Farms Hit From MF Global Collapse

    A look at some of the farmers that used MF Global to purchase futures contracts to lock in a price for livestock or crops, with Marty Klinker, grain farmer.

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    Forced to cut its budget, the Agriculture Department has decided to eliminate dozens of reports, including the annual goat census (current population: three million), and the number of catfish on the nation’s fish farms (177 million, not counting the small fry), the New York Times reports.

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    As extreme weather events continue to decrease land availability, prices are going up, and investors are getting in. 

  • In spite of the Thai government's warning that the world's largest exporter of rice could lose as much as a quarter of its crop because of the floods, analysts tell CNBC the potential shortfall is unlikely to impact prices.

  • Do high gas prices scare you? You don’t know the half of it: One police department suggested high gas prices and budget cuts could force them to FIGHT LESS CRIME. *Shudder.*

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    Butcher shops, once a vestige, are opening in many cities where buying meat has often been reduced to staring down a sea of plastic-wrapped foam trays. These new stores offer much more.

  • Hay

    Prices for hay — the legal weed — are on fire. They're rising faster than prices for corn, thanks to a drought in Texas, plus rising demand as farmers avoid paying for more expensive feed. In addition, increased regulations in some areas are making hay farming more difficult.