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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gov. Quinn: This Drought Makes Us All ‘Tom Joad’ Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    In Illinois, we’ve experienced the sixth-driest growing season on record. Of 102 counties, 100 are disaster areas, the state's governor addresses the issue of what's been done and what still needs to happen to help his state.

  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Don't Play Politics With Our Food Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:47 AM ET
    Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17, 2012 near Fritchton, Indiana. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.

    The Senator from Kansas writes, "We need to approve this drought assistance to ensure livestock producers can continue providing us with the most affordable and safe food supply in the world."

  • Food inflation will start hurting Asian economies by the end of the year if the current high prices are sustained over the next few months, with Vietnam, China and Hong Kong the most vulnerable, economists tell CNBC.

  • US Drought Could Have Silver Lining: Fund Manager Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 7:17 AM ET
    An underdeveloped ear of corn lays amongst corn plants damaged by extreme heat and drought conditions in a field in Carmi, Illinois.

    As the U.S. drought continues and global grain prices soar, G20 leaders are considering an emergency meeting at the end of August to consider what measures to take to combat the growing food crisis.  But the surge in corn, soy and wheat prices could also lead to some benefits for the agricultural sector and an opportunity for investors, according to one fund manager.

  • The recent dry weather affecting crops across the midwest of America will hit the reinsurance industry with perhaps the biggest loss ever, according to Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman at Munich Re.

  • Spike in Crop Prices May Signal 'Chronic Food Crisis' Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 12:48 PM 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.

    The spike in crop prices this year may be an early glimpse into a chronic food crisis that could unfold over the next forty years, says well-known money manager Jeremy Grantham.

  • How High Could Corn, Soybean Prices Go? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 6:53 PM ET

    For answers, Jim Cramer looks at the technicals.

  • Weather Impact on Grains     Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    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.

  • As the world’s largest importer of American agricultural products, China stands to get walloped by the drought that is ravaging US croplands. Globalpost reports.

  • Will Asia See a Repeat of the 2008 Food Scare? Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:32 AM ET

    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

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    A drought-fueled rally in soybeans, corn and wheat is raising fears of another round of food price inflation, posing an unwelcome complication for policymakers, particularly in emerging Asia, where higher consumer prices may hinder their ability to ease monetary policy.

  • With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Corn, Soybeans Will Continue to Be a 'Buy': Pro Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 9:20 AM ET
    The curled leaves of corn plants suffering from a lack of moisture stand in a field in Princeton, Illinois. The leaves would typically be open and flat. Corn supplies in the U.S., the world's biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world's largest harvest for a third consecutive year.

    Both corn and soybean prices have slid from Monday’s record highs and should be considered a buying opportunity if this pull-back continues in the short term, Erin FitzPatrick, Commodity Analyst at Rabobank, told CNBC.

  • Midwest Farmers Field of Dreams Turns Brown Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 1:31 PM ET

    The USDA slashed projections of corn production by a larger than expected amount, now predicting an average yield of 146 bushels an acre. "My concern is we're underestimating the scope of the problem," says Gulke, who also advises farmers on risk management tools like futures with The Gulke Group.

  • Santelli on USDA Crop Report     Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the play on the USDA's cut in yield projections for corn, soybeans, and wheat, with Frank Lesh, FuturePath Trading

  • Corn Prices Surge on USDA Forecast     Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the latest trades in corn and grain after a government report predicts significant cuts in yields.