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  • Regelbrugge: The Farm Labor Crisis: Imagined, or Real? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:12 PM ET
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    In several recent columns, CNBC.com senior editor John Carney has dismissed any notion of a farm labor crisis, claiming that record farm profits suggest no such crisis exists. The senior editor’s all too common error is to grossly oversimplify American agriculture and draw the wrong conclusions as a result.

  • Exit Plan – How to Retire Abroad: Thailand Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 4:36 PM ET
    For many people, retirement means that there's finally time to take advantage of newfound freedom. If that definition of retirement appeals to you, an ideal destination when you leave the workforce may be Thailand.Known as “Land of Smiles,” the country has undergone significant social and economic development in the past decade. In 2011, the  upgraded the nation's income categorization from a lower-middle income economy to upper-middle income."Thailand boasts a very favorable cost of living stru

    Thinking about retiring abroad? Click to find out more about making Thailand your own retirement haven.

  • 4 Biofuels That Don't Take Food Off People's Tables Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
    Micro algae in solution bubble in a jug during a NASA tour of its OMEGA wastewater biofuel system at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco, California. The OMEGA, or Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae project, uses treated sewage to grow algae in floating tubes that can capture carbon dioxide and produce biofuel without competing with agriculture for water, fertilizer, or land.

    The production of advanced biofuels was up this year by some 437 gallons over last year, but economic challenges remain formidable and technology will be the key to unlocking potential.

  • Smallest Corn Crop in Six Years Better Than Worst Fears Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    An underdeveloped ear of corn lays amongst corn plants damaged by extreme heat and drought conditions in a field in Carmi, Illinois.

    The latest numbers from the USDA firm up the outlook for this year's corn crop, and the final numbers may not be as bad as some feared.

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    Saudi Arabia, the world's central bank for oil, could become a net oil importer by 2030 according to a new study by Citigroup, the international financial conglomerate.

  • Five Oligarchs Whose Names You Need to Know Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
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    Oligarchs are the wealthy few who benefit from the government and for all intents and purposes call the shots behind the scenes. Oilprice.com considers five key oligarchs and oligarch families who will shape the future.

  • Louis-Dreyfus: Grain Prices to Remain Close to Highs Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:05 AM ET

    The world’s second-largest wheat, corn and sugar trader tells CNBC that while agricultural prices will remain high the rest of the year, the world isn't going to experience a renewed food crisis.

  • Oil Prices: Supply Worries Aren't What Matters Now Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
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    Geopolitical and economic issues are shaping the price of oil more than worries about supply.

  • Some Farmers 'Will Make More Money' in Drought Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:42 AM ET
    Some Farmers 'Will Make More Money' in Drought

    There's no question there will be less corn than expected, and that has driven grain prices to record levels. There is some question as to how much corn farmers will suffer.

  • How Airlines Are Coping With Tropical Storm Isaac Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    For U.S. based airlines, Tropical Storm Isaac has been more of a nuisance than a major operational headache. While more than a 1,000 flights have been cancelled, there have been relatively few reports of stranded passengers stuck in airports. Credit the fact airlines have become more skilled at planning how to bring down their schedules when major storms hit the United States.

  • Hurricane Isaac bears down on Florida.

    US oil prices fell more than $1 on Monday after rising sharply overnight as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened the U.S. Gulf Coast and a deadly explosion shut down Venezuela's largest refinery.

  • Your Currency Trade on Tropical Storm Isaac Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    Floridians are getting ready for Isaac, and this currency trade will have you prepared too.

  • Isaac Threatens to Disrupt Drilling, Refining Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 3:55 PM ET
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    Even before the winds from Tropical Storm Isaac hit the U.S., its approach is impacting the energy markets.

  • Can Emerging Market Consumers Keep Spending? Saturday, 18 Aug 2012 | 12:12 AM ET
    Residents shop for local goods at one of the downtown's busy sidewalk markets in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Greater spending from the burgeoning emerging market middle class is one of those themes global and emerging market investors have clung to as developed market consumers and governments deleverage. But there’s a growing risk emerging market consumers could start pulling back as industrial commodity prices fall and higher food prices lighten consumers’ wallets.

  • How to Disaster-Proof Your Technology Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 9:35 AM ET
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    The difference between getting back on your feet after a disaster may come down to the plan you have in place before storms hit.

  • Making Farming Sexy Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 4:12 PM ET
    Cattle try to keep cool in the remains of a farm pond in a pasture heavily damaged by drought August 3, 2012 near Cuba, Illinois. Farmers in the Midwest and elsewhere continue to struggle after than half the counties in the United States have been designated disaster areas, mostly due to drought conditions throughout the Midwest.

    Is agriculture feeling a little down on the farm? End of the world coming with this drought? Clearly the gloom and doomers haven't met the Peterson Farm Brothers.

  • Who’s Benefiting From the Drought? Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 1:29 PM ET
    Jeremy Tilton fills a water tank for cattle in a pasture August 3, 2012 near Cuba, Illinois.

    While wreaking havoc on grain crops, the worst U.S. drought in a half century is providing opportunities for companies that provide and pump the most precious of commodities — water. While the drought is testing farmers and food producers, the volatility in weather patterns is giving water companies new revenue sources, as they provide solutions to the environmental challenges.

  • Sen. Johanns: The Resiliency to Feed the World Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 1:06 PM ET
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    Action in Washington, combined with the ongoing efforts by our agricultural experts to mitigate the effects of this drought will ensure that agriculture remains a strong pillar of the U.S. economy that provides good jobs and feeds the world.

  • Drought Aid for Farmers Runs Dry in Washington Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 11:40 AM ET
    US President Barack Obama (2nd R) inpects drought stricken corn with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (R) and farmer Don McIntosh (C) and his brothers on the McIntosh farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on August 13, 2012.

    While the federal government is spending more on meat and fish, a relief package and a massive farm bill are still mired in Congress and unlikely to move before the presidential election.

  • Gov. Quinn: This Drought Makes Us All ‘Tom Joad’ Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:49 AM ET
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    In Illinois, we’ve experienced the sixth-driest growing season on record. Of 102 counties, 100 are disaster areas, the state's governor addresses the issue of what's been done and what still needs to happen to help his state.

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