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  • 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.

  • Monsanto’s Fortunes Turn Sour Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | 7:55 AM ET
    Monsanto

    Monsanto has been buffeted by setbacks this year that have prompted analysts to question whether its winning streak from creating ever more expensive genetically engineered crops is coming to an end, the New York Times reports.

  • The "Mad Money" host explains what's important to watch for when companies report next week.

  • Jobs More Important Than Earnings Next Week Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 6:02 PM ET

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t quarters worth watching. Here are Cramer’s top picks.

  • BHP Says Close to Lodging Potash Legal Challenge Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 7:38 AM ET

    BHP Billiton said on Friday it expected to lodge a motion within the next few days to challenge a lawsuit filed by Potash to fend off the miner's $39 billion hostile takeover bid.

  • The Price of Water: Is Higher Better? Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 3:11 PM ET

    San Diego County may be known for its famous coastline, but when it comes to fresh water, it has very little supply.  Residents pay for water to be imported from the Colorado River and other areas. But some believe even higher prices are needed, which would encourage conservation and reduce water use.

  • Halftime: Joy Global CEO Reveals Acquisition Strategy Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 1:44 PM ET

    Mike Sutherlin, CEO of Joy Global, talks candidly about takeovers with the desk.

  • The Problem With Consumer-Confidence Reports Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 3:22 PM ET

    Plus, get calls on retail, agriculture, housing and more.

  • Think you’ve got a hot tip on a buyout rumor? Think again. None of the rampant deal speculation in the market this month has come true.

  • Egg Producer Says His Business Grew Too Quickly Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 10:25 AM ET
    Austin "Jack" DeCoster (right) appears in district court in Lewiston, Maine.

    An Iowa egg producer at the center of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella apologized to a Congressional panel on Wednesday and acknowledged that his family operation had become “big quite awhile before we stopped acting like we were small.”  The NYT reports.