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  • 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.

  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Don't Play Politics With Our Food Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:47 AM ET
    Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.

    The Senator from Kansas writes, "We need to approve this drought assistance to ensure livestock producers can continue providing us with the most affordable and safe food supply in the world."

  • Cyr: Drought, Ethanol Mandate Equals a Big Problem Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:38 AM ET
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    As a result of a Congressional mandate passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007, over 40 percent of this year’s greatly depleted corn crop will be diverted from food and livestock, and instead be sold at the gas pump. We are trading our precious, fertile acres of farmland for a small dent in our oil usage. We are prioritizing our goal to reduce oil dependence over providing food to people.

  • Can Drought-Tolerant Seeds Save the Crop? Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 3:06 PM ET
    A rotting ear of corn sits on a struggling corn plant in a drought-stricken farm field.

    The drought has been awful for farmers, but it could reap a bumper crop of good news for the seed business. With much of this year's corn harvest expected to be a disaster, analysts expect farmers to double down on seed purchases next year to get back on their feet.

  • US Drought Could Have Silver Lining: Fund Manager Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 7:17 AM ET
    An underdeveloped ear of corn lays amongst corn plants damaged by extreme heat and drought conditions in a field in Carmi, Illinois.

    As the U.S. drought continues and global grain prices soar, G20 leaders are considering an emergency meeting at the end of August to consider what measures to take to combat the growing food crisis.  But the surge in corn, soy and wheat prices could also lead to some benefits for the agricultural sector and an opportunity for investors, according to one fund manager.

  • Massive US Drought Leads to Worst Fears for Corn Crop Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 11:36 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 worst fears for the U.S. corn crop are being realized, as the government now expects the lowest yield in 17 years and a total crop about a third smaller than what was projected at the start of the growing season.

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