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  • Drought Now Burning Pig Farmers, Too Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 3:52 PM ET
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    Last year, David Struthers’ Iowa corn crop got flattened by wind. This year, it’s getting hit by drought.

  • Corn Prices Headed for Record Highs as Crop Shrinks Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:48 AM ET
    A farmer looks over an ear of corn picked from one of his fields near Ashley, Illinois. According to the Illinois Farm Bureau the state is experiencing the sixth driest year on record.

    Corn futures are heading to record highs on reports of wider crop devastation, and as forecasts show continued hot, dry weather threatening even more of this year’s crop.

  • Heat Wave Takes Toll On Small Businesses Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 9:13 AM ET
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    Besides having to suffer physically, some small businesses are also seeing sales drop as the temperatures rise.

  • Feds Declare Drought Emergency Across 1,000 Counties Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 2:49 PM ET
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    The U.S. government declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states drought disasters, as the economic impact of the worst crop conditions in 24 years begins to be felt.

  • Farmer Brian Pilotte holds an ear of immature corn while looking over a drought stricken field in Idaville, Indiana, U.S.

    After a multi-week rally, grain prices slumped Tuesday, as traders caught a whiff of summer rain in the forecast, ahead of a major government crop report Wednesday.

  • Corn Crop Shrivels: 'Should Be 7 to 9 Foot Tall by Now' Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 12:01 PM ET
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    The size and quality of the U.S. corn crop continues to deteriorate as scorching heat in the corn belt threatens the crop during its critical pollination, or "tasseling" stage.

  • Auto Sales Could Help Drive Market Sentiment Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 8:11 PM ET
    Customer at an auto dealership.

    The auto industry has been one of the positives in this shaky economy but will it last? Traders will be watching June auto sales on Tuesday—especially after a weak ISM reading.

  • Corn Crop Withers Away: 'Thought It Was Onions' Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 6:02 PM ET
    Cedarburg, Wisconsin, July 2, 2012.

    Crop conditions continue to worsen, to levels not seen since the drought of 1988, threatening the size and quality of the U.S. corn crop as it enters a critical developmental stage.

  • How Record Heat Wave Is Threatening a Key US Crop Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Sun shines on seed corn plants in a field in Tiskilwa, Illinois. Corn supplies in the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world’s largest harvest for a third consecutive year.

    Farmers have planted the most corn since 1937, but record-setting heat is threatening the crop yield, causing futures prices to jump.

  • Why You Should Watch Corn Prices for Next Two Weeks Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
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    Corn is facing the worst crop conditions in two decades, pushing up prices that could affect everything from cereal to the ethanol in gasoline.

  • Flooded containers in Klong Luang on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

    Hundreds died and businesses lost billion in last year's floods, caused in part by overflow from dams filled to hedge against drought. This year, Thailand is testing different prevention measures. The CSM reports.

  • The "Mad Money" host chastised the media, hedge funds and brokerage firms for always putting such a negative spin on the news.

  • Fourteen-year-old Khine Thwin tries on sunglasses at a Hot Topic retail store at the Serramonte Mall in Daly City, CA.

    Retail sales for warm-weather products are expected to be stronger than normal in March, the big question looms: are the early sales — combined with an earlier Easter — just pulling demand forward, stealing from April to give to March?

  • 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.

  • Weather Service In Eye of Budget Cut Storm Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 12:52 PM ET
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    Obama proposes slashing the national weather service budget.

  • Syngenta Eyes More Earnings Growth in 2012 Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 3:07 AM ET
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    Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, is aiming for higher earnings this year as price hikes and cost-cuts are expected to help it offset the impact of the strong Swiss franc and raw material prices.

  • Davos 'Occupy' Dwellings Use What's at Hand: Snow Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 12:51 PM ET
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    As the top 1 percent gather for the World Economic Forum, the Swiss activists from the Socialist Youth Group of Switzerland have set up their igloos—yes, igloos—in the center of the Alpine City.

  • An auto rickshaw or tuk tuk drives along a street in Bangkok on January 13, 2009. The tuk-tuk, so-called because of the noise it makes when it starts, has been adopted as a Thai symbol, it actually originates in Japan. The motorized version reached Thailand in 1959, and after a few technical and aesthetic modifications, it became the colourful, open-air vehicle seen careering across Thailand today.

    Thailand’s economy has the potential to grow at 7 percent in 2012, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittirat Na-Ranong, told CNBC Friday. He added that the billions being spent this year on post-flood reconstruction projects would help boost the economy.

  • SBA Preps Businesses for Disasters of 2012 Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 5:03 PM ET
    Off ramp to route 322 East severely damaged by flooding, Hershey, Pennsylvania

    The Small Business Administration presented a webinar that recapped weather-related events of 2011 and shared advice on limiting financial losses in future events.

  • Top 10 Luxurious Ski Homes Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.The editors at  put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, fireplaces and rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have ent

    Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from least expensive to most, many of which are ski-in/ski-out.

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