Agriculture and Commodities

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Are We Close To A Barley Boom?

The price of barley likely does not affect your day to day life unless you're either a hog farmer or own your own beer brewing company, meaning that most of us can be ...

The Coffee Conundrum

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.  Such a dire picture represented the coffee industry fairly well as little as six months ago, when a widespread drought ...

Low Pork Prices Make Investors Go Whole Hog

Fans of bacon, barbecue, ribs, and ham rejoice: all flavors of pork now cost less on the grocery shelf than they did during the past year, with lean hogs trading for nearly half ...

Will Rising Seas Raise Citrus Prices?

The plight of poor Kiribati has gone mostly unnoticed or ignored by the rest of the world, though it represents a tangible lesson of global economics threatened by climate ...

Mexico's Agricultural Deficit Is Good News For Corn

Living next to the world's largest economy presents both opportunities and pitfalls. Our neighbor to the north, for instance, enjoyed strong market growth during the 2008 ...

The 2015 Cocoa Harvest: A Glut of Problems

Gold and oil represent finite commodities in that there's only so much of both located beneath the planet's crust; once both have been completely dug up there's no ...

Ginning for Cotton: Why Grain is Hot and Clothing's Not

Any student who takes United States history knows that cotton shaped the US more than perhaps any other plant or animal (excepting, naturally, the bald eagle) by turning almost ...

From Paddy to Packet: India's Sugar Boom

Sugar and spice and everything nice is an apt description of the Indian subcontinent these days. While India has long been known as the home for exotic spices like cinnamon, ...

The State Of The International Cow In 2015

If you're a true-blue American, you love nothing more than a juicy cheeseburger when you get hungry (vegetarians and communists need not read further). The demand for beef ...

The Perils of Palm Oil

While you cannot find a gallon of palm oil at the grocery store next to Crisco and vinegar, you can expect that many of the groceries within your refrigerator and pantry contain ...

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