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    Farmland values in the U.S. Plains states jumped more than 20 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier.

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    Following record droughts across the United States the benefits of the ethanol subsidy were once again hotly debated and biofuels in general found themselves generating quite a few unflattering headlines.

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    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.

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    Six states are petitioning the EPA to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol mandates, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The question is whether a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard will actually bring down sky-high corn prices.

  • Should the EPA Waive Ethanol Mandates?     Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    Six states are petitioning the EPA to waive Renewal Fuel Standard ethanol mandates, reports CNBC's Bertha Coombs, because corn prices are soaring.

  • Corn Futures Up Nearly 2%     Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 3:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the drought rally for corn. Also, Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels, and Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute, discuss whether the "Ethanol Mandate" should be waived, particularly given the high cost of corn.

  • Drought Impact 'Big,' Scrap Biofuel Mandates: Sunny D CEO Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 4:52 PM ET
    Crop Failure due to Drought

    The extreme heat wilting crop harvests across the U.S. is exerting a “big” toll on input prices, the chief executive of Sunny Delight told CNBC Wednesday, issuing a call for the government to suspend mandates that divert corn into biofuels.

  • Cyr: Drought, Ethanol Mandate Equals a Big Problem Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    As a result of a Congressional mandate passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007, over 40 percent of this year’s greatly depleted corn crop will be diverted from food and livestock, and instead be sold at the gas pump. We are trading our precious, fertile acres of farmland for a small dent in our oil usage. We are prioritizing our goal to reduce oil dependence over providing food to people.

  • Dupont Marketing Drought Resistant Seeds     Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 1:15 PM ET

    Drought resistant seeds are about twice the price of conventional seeds, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • The Ethanol Effect     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    Andy Lipow, Lipow Oil Associates president, discusses how high corn prices has impacted gasoline prices. "Ethanol prices are up 30 percent in the last 3 months," he says.

  • Gold Bounces on Dollar Dip     Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 1:32 PM ET

    Gold posted a weekly gain and closed at its highest price for August today, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

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    Christopher Narayanan, Head of Agricultural Commodities Research, Societe Generale says that there's no need for an ethanol mandate waiver as there is still sufficient inventories.

  • Ethanol 'One of the Most Hated Industries': CEO Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    Green Plains Renewable Energy CEO Todd Becker talks about the challenges facing the ethanol industry.

  • Drought Draining Ethanol     Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 2:30 PM ET

    Shares of Green Plains Renewable Energy hit a 52-week low today, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • The Coal Trade: Up In Smoke?     Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 5:20 PM ET

    U.S. demand for coal is at a 24-year low, and inventories are continuing to build as the global economy slows. Wilbur Ross, WL Ross & Company chairman/CEO, discusses whether investors should expect more trouble ahead for the commodity.

  • Solar Energy Grows on North American Farms Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:35 PM ET
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    Farmers in California and Ontario, Canada, are signing 20-year leases with a firm that places small solar installations on marginal land.

  • Green Chemicals Show Game-Changing Potential Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:33 PM ET
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    A new generation of green chemicals from bio-based sources could help industrial production break from the grip of volatile oil prices.

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