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How global economic disruption sifts down to one small flour mill in Pasadena, California

Mar 31, 2022
Nan Kohler of Grist & Toll says she's thinking outside the box to deal with challenges from the pandemic and rising inflation.
"I stay in business because people are looking for a healthier product, and it is a radically different product than what we have available ... on the grocery store shelves," says Nan Kohler, above at Grist & Toll in Pasadena, California.
Courtesy Kohler

How the war in Ukraine could impact U.S. food prices

Mar 16, 2022
A grain wholesaler explains why a war in Europe is driving up grain prices around the world.
With so much uncertainty, the “risk premium” on U.S. food is going up, according to Eric Wilkey, president of Arizona Grain Inc.
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Ukraine conflict could push grain prices higher worldwide

Feb 22, 2022
Together, Russia and Ukraine supply a large part the world's wheat and corn exports.
A wheat field in Russia, which supplies a large share of global wheat exports. Agricultural  markets could be disrupted by war, along with commerce in energy.
Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

As loans come due, farmers feel the financial squeeze

Mar 25, 2019
Some farmers are “quietly exiting” because they can’t make a profit.
Farmer Tom Giessel stands in front of a corn pile near Larned, Kansas. The corn was grown in 2017 and because of a market glut, it still hasn’t sold.
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Dismal forecast: The weather as an economic indicator

Jun 26, 2012
Farmers are suffering from unseasonably warm and dry weather this season, contributing to higher grain prices for farmers and soon higher food prices for consumers