Headlines have surfaced in the past several weeks about severe drought conditions across much of the Midwestern United States, which has caused a significant price run up in agricultural commodities.
The largest agricultural based ETF by a mile is PowerShares DB Agriculture (NYSEArca: DBA), which has amassed nearly $2 billion in assets under management since its debut in 2007. In fact, the next closest ETF in the category in terms of assets accumulated is iPath Grains (NYSEArca: JJG), which has attracted $172 million in assets. [Corn, Grains ETFs in Huge Breakout on Midwest Drought]
DBA was developed in order to provide diversified exposure to a number of agricultural commodity products within one index methodology. [Corn ETF Rally Fizzles After Harvest Forecast]
The fund utilizes a rules driven approach and invests in underlying futures contracts of various agricultural commodities.