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  • $20 million in drought aid     Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports farmers in California can now apply for $20 million in federal aid.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 3- ICE arabica coffee futures shot to an 8-1/ 2- month high on Monday and were on track for their biggest one-day gain in over a year as a heat wave in Brazil sparked fears of crop damage and lower output in the world's top grower, triggering short-covering.

  • *Heatwave bakes central, northern Australia. *2013 hottest year recorded in Australia. SYDNEY, Jan 3- A searing heatwave is baking central and northern Australia, piling more misery on drought-hit cattle farmers who have been slaughtering livestock as Australia sweltered through the hottest year on record in 2013..

  • Corn Prices Collapsing     Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:27 PM ET

    Corn futures are down to 9-month lows today; farmers plan to plant on 97 million acres this year. Virginia McGathey, McGathey Commodities president, discusses the impact this will have on the commodity.

  • Milk: Got Sequester?     Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 1:22 PM ET

    Milk is a huge deal in Washington. The milk industry carries a lot of weight. But now dairy farmers are utterly concerned about the relationship and you should be concerned about the impact, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Snowfall Too Light to Ease Drought in US Crop Belt Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 2:03 PM ET

    Light snow expected next week in crop growing areas of the United States will provide only minor relief from the worst drought in more than 50 years, an agricultural meteorologist said Friday.

  • DuPont CEO on Q4 Earnings & Agriculture Biz     Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    DuPont reported Q4 revenue of $7.3 billion versus and estimate of $7.258 billion. More on the quarter and what's ahead for the company, with DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen Kullman.

  • Corn Stocks Reach Record Lows     Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Erkut Ozer, CEO of Global Trading Enterprises, draws attention to record low corn stocks and pressure from increasing demand.

  • Mississippi River to Shut Down?     Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    Drought conditions in the Midwest have left the Mississippi River so dry, that shipping could grind a halt within days. CNBC's Sharon Epperson speaks to Mike Toohey, Waterways Council president and CEO for more insight.

  • The State of Global Agriculture     Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 6:42 AM ET

    How the U.S. drought is affecting the global agriculture business, and how to play the industry, with Martin Richenhagen, CEO of Agco Corporation.

  • Drought Lives on in Beef Prices Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 1:17 PM ET

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday that after the worst drought in half a century, the corn and soybean crops are not quite as bad as feared. But damage has been done to the beef industry. 

  • 'Freak Storm' This Halloween?     Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:55 PM ET

    Reynolds Wolf, The Weather Channel, looks at forecasts for where Hurricane Sandy is headed. (3:08)

  • Pros: Corn Pop to Continue     Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET

    Corn surges 4 percent on the USDA crop report. Should investors buy the corn pop, with Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Newsletter, CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.

  • Chairs: Where Are the Bees?     Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:51 AM ET

    The "Squawk Box" news team shares their take on Tuesday's headlines; including a look at how the drought has impacted the bee population in the U.S.

  • World Food Prices Rise, Stay Close to Crisis Levels Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:18 AM ET
    TIANLIN, CHINA - MAY 12: A villager looks at the parched paddy on May 12, 2012 in Tianlin county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China. A lingering drought has dried up most of rivers as high temperature and little rainfall over the past three months this year. Tianlin county had suffered from severe drought over the past three years.

    World food prices rose in September and are seen remaining close to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, while cutting its forecast for global cereal output.

  • Ten Billion People on Earth: Nightmare or Non-Event? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:45 AM ET
    Crowd of spectators

    By 2100, some 10 million people will inhabit the earth, according to the United Nations.  When that happens will we encounter an “unprecedented planetary emergency” or can engineering, technology and the human spirit rise to the challenges posed by 10 billion people on earth?

  • Mosaic Company President & CEO Jim Prokopanko, discusses quarterly earnings, and the demand for phosphates and potash around the globe.

  • How Bad Was the Drought of 2012?     Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest numbers from the USDA quarterly grain report.

  • Regelbrugge: The Farm Labor Crisis: Imagined, or Real? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    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.

  • Poultry Industry May Face Losses Thanks to Corn Prices Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 5:21 PM ET
    Buffalo Chicken Wings

    By December, the average poultry producer is probably going to lose about 5 to 10 cents a pound thanks to the summer's record corn prices, according to  Heather Jones of BB&T Capital.

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