Agricultural Commodities

Predictions of a second year of record grain harvests in the U.S. should seem like a cause for celebration. But for grain farmers and grain elevator operators in states like Minnesota and the Dakotas, it’s a near disastrous crisis that could continue to cost them tens of millions of dollars. The reason: A lack of …

Typhoons have battered the Philippines over the past year and the country’s already vulnerable coconut trees took a hit even as demand for trendy coconut-based products is climbing. “Tree damage is likely to accelerate the decline of the coconut production in the Philippines,” said Jason Wong, a research analyst at Euromonitor, in an email. “Even …

The severe drought parching states in the Southwest and West is undoubtedly causing hardships:The list includes higher prices for food and water, water-use restrictions, blazing wildfires and billions of dollars in lost productivity. But most people seem to be taking it in stride—even within drought states. A recent poll by the Los Angeles Times indicated that only 16 percent of …

Scattered thunderstorms in the Rockies and parts of the Southwest are doing little to ease the hardships caused by the severe drought, now going on almost three years in some states. Human efforts have turned to laws and regulations to out-maneuver the drought—but trying to overrule nature’s boiling point may be a case of too …

It is so dry in California that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that 94 percent of the state’s massive $45 billion farm economy is suffering from severe to “exceptional” drought. That could change—dramatically. “The odds are stacked that we will see a return for the first time in five years to El Niño …

The harsh winter took a toll on the nation’s farmland. And this evening, in a new government report, we get a first look at the damage that was done and how much of an impact it may have on the spring planting season. Jackie DeAngelis has the details and what it may mean for the …

There is a new push by the U.S. government to get more people interested in farming and ranching, especially young people.  

Breakfast is starting to look delicious on Wall Street. While traders are watching the coffee rally—futures are up 86 percent this year—there’s another breakfast club member that’s poised to wake up: orange juice. After losing to stocks big time in 2013, commodities have started the year with a bang. Lean hogs, oats and milk have …