Agricultural Commodities

Agricultural commodities are those commodities used to sustain life, mostly centered on food. From livestock to grains to orange juice, anything that is used to sustain life is grouped under the umbrella of agricultural commodities. There have been many advances in crop production systems that have helped improve yields. Governments tend to place subsidies on agricultural commodities, to ensure there is enough food to feed their population first.


The recent news that trading giant Glencore International AG (LSX/GLEN) is in the hunt to buy Viterra Inc. (TSX/VT) is yet another sign that the global demand for agricultural commodities is going to continue to increase over the next few…

A lot of initial public offerings (IPOs) have hit the market recently, and that’s no surprise—the stock market’s been strong. Times have been tough in the investment banking industry, but this changed recently with the much improved sentiment in the…

Back in March, I wrote in this column about growing investor interest in the agricultural sector. Like precious metals, most individual investors have no affinity or exposure to this huge industry, but I'm certain that this is one sector with…