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  • Stop Trading!: Bull Market in Agriculture Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 3:20 PM ET

    The ag complex is on fire, Cramer says. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Smithfield Profit Down on Disease Costs, Hog Prices Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 12:39 PM ET

    Smithfield Foods, the world's largest hog and pork producer, reported a lower quarterly profit as lower hog prices, a tax loss, and costs related to swine disease in Romania hurt results.

  • Deere Profit Soars on Agriculture Sales Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 3:56 PM ET
    John Deere

    Deere reported better-than-expected earnings Wednesday, and provided an upbeat outlook for the coming year, as strong sales to farmers worldwide offset a downturn in construction sales, especially in the United States.

  • USDA Reverses Itself on Tyson Antibiotic Label: WSJ Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 9:54 PM ET

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Tyson Foods the department made a mistake and that the second-largest U.S. chicken producer could no longer label products as "raised without antibiotics," the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

  • ADM Shares Surge on Better-Than-Expected Profit Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:47 PM ET

    Archer Daniels Midland, a major food processor, reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, overcoming weakness in the ethanol business and sending its shares up as much as 9 percent.

  • BASF Raises Outlook after Rising Quarterly Profits Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 6:47 AM ET

    BASF raised its full-year profit forecast after third-quarter operating profit came in as expected thanks to acquisitions, higher demand and prices for its chemicals and agrochemicals products.

  • Australia Slashes Wheat Forecast Due to Drought Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 9:32 PM ET

    Australia slashed its official 2007/08 wheat crop forecast by 22 percent on Tuesday, the second downgrade in just six weeks as drought and searing temperatures have led to total crop failure in some regions.

  • California Wildfire Damages Could Top $1.6 Billion Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 12:27 AM ET
    A Los Angeles County firefighter braces against wind and flames as fire leaps across Rambla Pacifico in the Santa Monica Mountains.

    Insured losses from California wildfires could exceed $1.6 billion if the fires continued tospread, a risk modeling firm said Thursday.

  • France May Ban Genetically Modified Maize Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 6:55 AM ET

    France is considering banning the use of the sole genetically modified crop grown in the European Union, a maize produced by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto, Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier said on Wednesday.

  • The Business of Kiwi Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 8:04 PM ET
    AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

    Ask any New Zealander, better known as Kiwis, -- what is ugly as sin and tasty as hell? -- and the response you will get is a kiwi!

  • The Business of Kiwi Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 5:13 AM ET
    AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

    Ask any New Zealander, better known as Kiwis, -- what is ugly as sin and tasty as hell? -- and the response you will get is a kiwi!

  • The Ethanol Bubble? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 1:11 PM ET
    Corn

    Monsanto stock hit an all-time high Tuesday going into earnings. Turns out earnings reflected a fantastic 2007. Sales hit a record $8.5 billion. Corn seed and traits sales rose 76% in the fourth quarter alone! The company reported a loss for Q4, which I'm told is normal, since they use that quarter to build up seed inventories -- like a really big squirrel storing nuts for the winter.

  • An Appetizing Affair Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 7:04 AM ET

    Here's some food for thought -- has your marketing bill been on the rise of late? Is that loaf of bread or packet of pasta really that much more expensive and why so?  Most important of all, do you know that you can make money from the rising cost of food?  This week's A Fund Affair takes a look at a fund that invests in what you eat. 

  • Apple To My Core And Brand My Farm Report! Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 1:30 PM ET
    Apple Picking

    Off to the Yakima Valley in Washington to check out this year's apple crop. I'm hearing conflicting stories about whether there are enough pickers this year. Some farmers say they have enough, thanks in part of the homebuilding slump (subprime's silver lining: lower food prices!)

  • USDA Report Shows Wheat Crop to Shrink 2% Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 8:45 AM ET

    U.S. growers reaped a smaller-than-expected 2.067 billion bushels of wheat this year, the government reported Friday, compounding its forecast for the tightest wheat supply in three decades.

  • EU Ministers Deadlocked on Three GMO Maize Approvals Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 6:47 AM ET

    EU farm ministers fell short of a consensus agreement on Wednesday to allow imports of three genetically modified (GMO) maize types, again revealing their deep differences on GMO crops and foods, officials said.

  • Interim Chief Is Favorite for New Head of USDA Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 8:54 AM ET

    U.S. farm and agribusiness groups have an early favorite to become President Bush's new agriculture secretary -- Chuck Conner, the interim chief and an old hand at U.S. farm policy.

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Resigns Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Johanns is the latest in a string of senior administration officials to leave in recent months, following Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and close Bush confidant and political strategist Karl Rove.

  • Stop Trading!: Syngenta Is 'Too Cheap' Friday, 14 Sep 2007 | 4:15 PM ET

    Cramer loves seed stocks. Here are two of his favorites.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stop Trading!: Humana to 'Explode Earnings' Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | 4:11 PM ET

    The rise in the number of retirees is great news for the health insurer.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.