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  • May 6- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported a larger-than-expected 43 percent drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday as prices of phosphate and potash dropped. Transportation problems in North America also dogged the industry during the winter, as frigid conditions froze rivers in the United States and backed up railways in western Canada.

  • OSLO, April 30- Fertiliser maker Yara reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said its outlook had improved on better profit margins for the global farming sector, sending its shares more than 6 percent higher.

  • April 17- Chemicals maker DuPont expects its agriculture business to grow this quarter as farmers buy seeds and insecticides after a delayed start to planting season in North America, which hurt the company's revenue in the first quarter.

  • April 17- DuPont reported a steeper-than-expected 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as its agriculture business sold fewer seeds, herbicides and insecticides.

  • April 16- Chemtura Corp plans to sell its agrochemicals business to Platform Specialty Products Corp for about $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chemtura's agrochemicals unit sells chemicals-based products such as insecticides and growth regulators.

  • WEST, Texas, April 15- Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with "OK."

  • Because Potash Corp owns the most potash-producing capacity in the world, a change in that philosophy would cause the crop nutrient's value to plunge. Even so, Baskin just recently sold its stake in Potash Corp on concern that BPC's breakup has diminished the pricing power of potash miners.

  • April 2- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally. And despite year-to-year fluctuations in output and demand, Monsanto said it sees demand for corn worldwide surging with population and income growth over the next several years.

  • April 2- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally. "Our business is on track to deliver the growth we anticipated," Monsanto Chairman Hugh Grant said on a conference call.

  • Fertilizer stocks take a hit     Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 9:16 AM ET

    Shares of Potash, Agrium and Mosaic are tumbling in pre-market action after Russian company Uralkali pulls out of a venture with Potash, reports CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.

  • West Fertilizer Plant Showed Few Warning Signs Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 5:47 PM ET
    Firefighters conduct search and rescue operations at a destroyed apartment complex near the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

    There was little indication that the Texas facility that had a massive explosion on Thursday posed a danger to the community, according to evaluations by oversight groups.

  • Up to 15 Dead After Texas Plant Blast     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 11:26 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports the latest details on yesterday's deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas. And, a look at how the fertlizer stocks are reacting today, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • Soft Commodities Will Not Soften: Expert     Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 12:20 PM ET

    Maxim Volkov, CEO of PhosAgro, says soft commodity prices will not fall, and added that flexible production lines mean PhosAgro can overcome cyclicality.

  • Syngenta Upbeat for Spring Planting Season Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 2:20 AM ET

    Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, said it was confident ahead of the upcoming planting season and will hike its dividend 19 percent after it posted a full-year net profit that beat expectations.

  • Cramer Interviews Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    Check out his conversation with CEO James Hagedorn.

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO, James Hagedorn discusses his company's disappointing quarter and how he plans to grow earnings, with Mad Money's Jim Cramer.

  • Green Chemicals Show Game-Changing Potential Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 PM ET
    An aerial shot of Gevo’s Luverne, Minnesota, green isobutanol plant.

    A new generation of green chemicals from bio-based sources could help industrial production break from the grip of volatile oil prices.

  • Wheat Fields

    German potash and salt miner K+S published better-than-expected results on Thursday, including EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) above 217 million euros ($283 million). Investors need to look beyond the stable outlook for 2012 and see the positive forecast for 2013, Arnaud Scarpaci, fund manager at Agilis Gestion in Paris, told CNBC.com.

  • Top Investor Scott Black’s Favorite Stocks Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 6:48 PM ET
    Fast Money Portfolio

    Some of the steadiest growth stocks lie in pharmaceuticals and agricultural plays, one noted investor said Thursday.

  • What's New at the World Ag Expo Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 2:37 PM ET

    As many as 100,000 people are expected to visit this huge outdoor farm show, kicking the tires on all the new machines the big equipment makers have to offer.