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  • 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.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Arabica coffee futures surged above $2 per lb for the first time in two years on Wednesday, on heavy investor buying as concern about crop damage from a drought in top grower Brazil continued to fuel the volatile market.

  • Israel helping California's drought issues     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited California last week to seal a deal to help with the state's drought problem. CNBC's Josh Lipton explains irrigation technology.

  • *Cocoa moves sideways, underpinned by firm demand. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Arabica coffee futures surged on heavy investor buying on Wednesday, nearing a two-year high as concern about crop damage from a drought in top grower Brazil continued to fuel the volatile market, while raw sugar jumped to a four-month high. Cocoa on ICE Futures U.S. and Liffe were firm.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- Wheat prices rose about 3 percent to lead gains in U.S. commodities on Friday as the dollar fell but the biggest monthly gains for February were posted by arabica coffee, which rallied 40 percent on fears of crop damage from Brazil's drought.

  • California drought on avocados     Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    California may only produce 250 million pounds of avocados in 2014, compared to 15 million pounds last year. CNBC's Jane Wells reports this has nothing to do with the drought.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 13- Forecasters say widespread rains will finally enter the southernmost part of Brazil's coffee belt on Thursday evening, breaking a six-week dry spell, but the crop may already have suffered losses of up to 30 percent.

  • Cali's irrigation effort and industry     Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports how the irrigation industry is being affected by California's record drought.

  • *Grain cargoes being shipped into Queensland. With a scorching drought withering pastures, farmers in Queensland state- home to half of Australia's 28 million strong herd- are also having to transport cows huge distances due to feedlots being full to bursting with underweight cows.

  • Severity of California drought     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the drought's economic costs.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

  • Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Feb 5- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

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