MIDDAY UPDATE: Price spikes in agricultural commodities, Companies to watch in 2011

Jan 13, 2011
The price of agricultural commodities has spiked since last summer, according to a report from the U.S. Agriculture Department. Increasing demand...
Posted In: Agriculture, commodities, corn, demand, economic growth, Fastenal, Food, food prices, food riots, Manpower, mid-day update, Qualcomm, wheat

Growing coffee in China's tea country

Jan 10, 2011
Tea has been an intrinsic part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, but with more urban Chinese demanding coffee, more tea farmers in China's tea-growing regions are also growing coffee.
Posted In: Agriculture, China

The winners and losers in commodities

Jan 3, 2011
This final note today, a word on commodities as we leave 2010 in the rear view mirror....
Posted In: Agriculture, commodities, Environment, rare earths

Is farmland the next real estate bubble?

Dec 16, 2010
The value of farmland is at an all-time high -- and it's still rising. Investors are snapping up agricultural land -- should they be concerned about another disastrous bubble burst?
Posted In: Agriculture, Housing, Investing

Mayan farmers struggle to grow corn

Dec 9, 2010
Within a few decades, corn crops in Tabi, Mexico went from abundant to sparse. Indigenous farmers there feel real change in the climate and want governments to help them cope.
Posted In: Agriculture, Environment

$40 billion can't buy BHP Billiton potash

Nov 4, 2010
Canada's Potash Corporation accounts for 30 percent of the world's potash supply, and BHP Billiton wants in on the fertilizer's market. Stephen Beard has more.
Posted In: Agriculture

Is rain a good investment?

Oct 29, 2010
There are a lot of investment options out there -- but have you ever considered weather? The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has, and starting today, you can invest in rain futures. But are you any better at predicting weather than your weatherman?
Posted In: Agriculture, Investing

USDA crop reports disappoint traders

Oct 25, 2010
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold its annual meeting with traders who rely on the agency's crop reports. And some of them are frustrated with the accuracy of the reports they've been getting lately. Eve Troeh explains.
Posted In: Agriculture

Why corn prices are at a two-year high

Oct 12, 2010
An economic comeback is underway in the nation's farm belt. Corn prices are surging to two-year highs. Reporter Janet Babin talks with Bill Radke about how this might affect consumers.
Posted In: Agriculture

Letters: "A Pledge to America," the DIY spirit and urban farming

Sep 28, 2010
Kai Ryssdal sifts through the Marketplace mailbag and reads your responses to our stories on the Republicans' "Pledge to America," the DIY spirit and urban farming.
Posted In: Agriculture