Agriculture/Commodities Archive

Report: Cost of Breakfast Commodities Hits 10-Year High

The cost of ingredients for breakfast staples continues to rise as global food production, processing and transportation challenges collide with higher demand from the pandemic rebound. According to the Financial Times breakfast indicator, futures prices …

Are Climate Conditions Affecting Coffee?

A new study suggests changing climate conditions might be affecting the taste, aroma, and overall quality of coffee. Trends found by researchers from Tufts and Montana State University indicated that farms at higher altitudes were …

Spike in Fertilizer Prices Causing Concern in Europe

A spike in fertilizer prices has hit European farmers, leaving some to question whether to curb planting plans. Winter wheat and barley crops are being sown as many nitrogen fertilizer plants in Europe shut as …

WATCH: Armyworms Wreaking Havoc in U.S. Farm Fields

Armyworms are chomping their way across the country, destroying crops (and lawns, for that matter), and leaving masses of eggs behind. “This year is like a perfect storm,” Rick Brandenburg, an entomologist at North Carolina …

Truck Driver Shortages Continue to Burden Supply Chains

Panic buying leading to shortages of toilet paper and other commodities took hold at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, and experts warn a similar situation could develop in coming months, largely due …

Ag Update: Tesla-like Tractors Coming Soon

A number of startups are ready to unleash a new crop of electric tractors designed to revolutionize field production and help with other tasks. Bloomberg reported (Aug. 18) a pair of Monarch 12-foot, self-driving tractors …

How Rural Population Decline Impacts U.S. Agriculture

Rural populations showed further signs of decline in the recent release of the 2020 U.S. census. The data reflects shifting demographics and signals continued labor shortages across the nation’s farming and ranching regions. A Stateline …

Why the EPA is Banning a Common Pesticide  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will stop the use of chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, according to a news release. The move is intended to better protect human health, particularly of children …

UPDATE: Historic Drought Taking Toll on Western Farmers

The historic drought in the U.S. West is hitting California’s top agricultural export especially hard. The state’s $6 billion almond industry produces approximately 80% of the world’s almonds, but more and more growers are expected …

GUEST COLUMN: 5 Predictions for the Wine World

What will the post-pandemic future hold for wine retailers? The global wine sector is large and highly fragmented, so it’ll take some time to fully measure and understand COVID’s impact on the segment. For wine …

Examining the Wine Industry’s Post-Pandemic Challenges

Editor’s note: Juan Ruiz is a finance and investment professional with over 30 years’ experience collecting and reviewing wines. He’s a graduate of New York’s Institute of Culinary Education’s Intensive Sommelier Program and a certified …

Insect Protein Has Investors Intrigued

Environmental activists point to issues like Amazon deforestation to suggest Earth is running out of agricultural real estate. Making matters worse, the United Nations predicts that, within three decades, the world’s population will reach nearly …

Update: Drought Worsening in U.S. West, Plains

Drought and an early fire season are threatening agriculture in the U.S. West and Plains, reducing hay yields, pushing feed costs higher, the Associated Press reported (July 26), and drying up water sources. Drought conditions …

Meat Prices Continue to Rise After Pandemic Push

Inflation is affecting prices across the food continuum, and meat is no exception. Meat prices were up in the first two quarters of the year when compared to both 2020 and 2019, according to analysis …

FI Agriculture Recap: Pandemic Relief for Livestock Producers

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting applications next Tuesday from livestock producers who suffered pandemic losses as a result of their inability to gain sufficient access to processing. Relief will come from the …

Food Costs Ease Following Decade-High Surge

Global food prices recently fell for the first time in a year, potentially offering some relief for consumers and easing inflationary pressures. COSTS DROP 2.5% A United Nations gauge of food costs dropped 2.5% in …

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Avocado Volumes on the Rise While Prices Decline

While Americans are paying more for everything from lumber to computer parts, and with most of the food industry contending with price increases, one surprising exception can be found: avocados. While often considered one of …

Grasshoppers Threaten Farmland as Drought Conditions Intensify

Record-breaking temperatures and water shortages continue to pummel the agricultural industry across the western U.S. California farmers are scaling back production and uprooting crops as they struggle to navigate relentless drought conditions. Meanwhile, the impending …

Food Industry Financials: Inflation, KR, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: inflation analysis, food commodities outlook, The Kroger Co. (KR) earnings digest, and more. …

Inside a $650M Ponzi Scheme Including Cattle

Two people are facing federal charges they bilked investors across the country in a $650 million Ponzi scheme involving bogus short-term cattle or marijuana investments. Reva Joyce Stachniw, 69, of Galesburg, Illinois, and Ron Throgmartin, …

Food Industry Financials: Inflation, TSN, ARMK, and more

Here are trending economic and food industry data points, as well as major economic and company earnings releases for the coming week: CPI, PPI, small business optimism, Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), Aramark (ARMK), Utz Brands, …