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  • Pot draining California water supplies     Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports illegal pot production is disrupting California's water supply.

  • Is pot sucking California dry?     Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    Marijuana is facing a new hurdle in the state of California. CNBC's Jane Wells reports how illegal pot production is contributing to the state's drought problem.

  • Coffee prices fall     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    Coffee prices have dropped 5 percent over the last month, but are still one of the year's biggest commodity gainers. CNBC's Jane Wells reports the drought in Brazil may not be as bad as expected.

  • How Brazil drought impacts coffee     Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells discusses how the drought in Brazil is affecting coffee prices.

  • CNBC.com hot list: Florida condo kick-out     Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    CNBC.com managing editor Allen Wastler provides insight to which stories are hot on the website.

  • *Africa launches its first sovereign risk insurance pool. *Climate change seen major risk to Africa. On May 1, Africa launched its first sovereign risk pool insurance scheme, marking a major policy shift in the way climatic events such as droughts, and from next year floods, will be tackled by the world's poorest continent.

  • *Local wheat purchasing season set to begin in war-torn Syria. AMMAN/ ABU DHABI, April 28- War and drought have crippled Syria's wheat crop, with some experts now forecasting output of the staple food could fall to around a third of pre-war levels, and possibly even below 1 million tonnes for the first time in 40 years.

  • *Bunge says poor soy crushing margins in China to improve. CHICAGO, April 25- U.S. wheat futures touched their highest level in more than a week on Friday as escalating tensions in Ukraine heightened fears of supply disruptions and forecasts for drier-than-expected weather fueled concerns about crop damage in the U.S.

  • USDA: Chances of El Nino now 50-67%     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the good and bad of El Nino if it develops near South American mines, and coffee and cocoa.

  • Drought hurts meat prices     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports the domestic cattle herd is the smallest it has been since 1951. The biggest culprit is California and the Southwest's record water shortages.

  • SOFTS-Coffee hits fresh two-year high, sugar eases Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Cocoa has technical bounce after subdued grind data. LONDON, April 11- Arabica coffee futures on ICE hit a more than two-year high on Friday, underpinned by fears that a drought will cut top-grower Brazil's output. Cocoa futures rose in a technical correction after sinking on Thursday due to disappointing demand data.

  • *Coffee council pegs Brazil 2014 output down 4.5 pct y/y. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 10- Arabica coffee hit a more than two-year high on Thursday on low crop forecasts amid renewed fears that a drought will severely cut top grower Brazil's output in the coming seasons.

  • SOFTS-Coffee hits 2-year high on drought-led rally Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    LONDON, April 10- Arabica coffee hit a more than two-year high on Thursday, as fears that a drought could severely cut top grower Brazil's output in the coming seasons kept a recent rally intact.

  • Agriculture demand back, tighter inventories: Pro     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    The USDA's crop report came in lower than expected, and traders are tracking the volatility, with CME trader Chris Gersch and Chris Narayanan, Societe Generale.

  • Salmon taking a ride     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    Some 30 million Chinook salmon, or "baby king salmon" are being driven by tanker trucks due to the fear of warmer and shallow waters from the California drought keeping them from swimming to the ocean this year. CNBC's Morgan Brennan has the details.

  • Salmon face climate woes     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 1:35 PM ET

    The waters in California are too shallow and too warm for salmon to swim from Hatchery to the ocean. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports the California drought is forcing tanker trucks to drive salmon to the ocean.

  • Drought slows down fracking     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the drought across the western part of the country is impacting the oil industry.

  • Water shortage threatens beer supply     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Sara Eisen takes a look at how the drought across the western part of the country is impacting brewers.

  • California drought hits Napa     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports how the California drought is causing problems for Napa vineyards.

  • Vail 'drives growth' despite drought     Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    Vail Resorts Chairman & CEO Robert Katz says his resort is still growing 6-8 percent despite the low snowfall in Tahoe.