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  • 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.

  • Restaurant Growth Outlook Falls     Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 4:53 PM ET

    Restaurant sales are projected to grow 2.8 percent in Q3 versus 3.5 percent one year ago.

  • Smallest Corn Crop in Six Years Better Than Worst Fears Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 10:49 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 latest numbers from the USDA firm up the outlook for this year's corn crop, and the final numbers may not be as bad as some feared.

  • 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.

  • Happy Friday! Happy three-day weekend! Here are three stories to ponder while you have one final backyard BBQ.

  • Some Farmers 'Will Make More Money' in Drought Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    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.

  • US Farmers Eye Record Profits Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    U.S. farmers are heading for their most profitable year on record despite the worst drought in half a century as high grain prices and payouts from a federal crop insurance program compensate for a smaller harvest, the Financial Times reports.

  • Breakfast in America: The Real Cost of Corn Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 1:23 PM ET
    Corn

    With $8  corn appearing to be the new normal,  retail food prices are already rising. I asked a cattleman, two dairy farmers, a hog farmer and a couple of egg producers t how much corn is needed to feed a single animal over its lifespan, and how much product they get from that animal.

  • Texas Tourist, Boating Business Hit By Drought Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    From marine shop owners to the folks running lake shore businesses, two years with below average rain fall shows the drought is impacting more than just farmers and ranchers in central Texas.

  • 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.