Farming

Farm Bill Deal Would Limit Food-Stamp Cuts

House and Senate negotiators have reached a bipartisan agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill that trims spending on food stamps for poor Americans by about 1 percent.

Caterpillar Earnings Surpass Expectations

Caterpillar posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the world's largest mining and construction equipment aggressively cut costs to offset sluggish sales.

Cranberry Harvest Less Bountiful than Expected

The Agriculture Department had predicted that U.S. cranberry production would rise 6% this year for the second-largest harvest on record. But the 2010 crop came in 5% below 2009. Still, things are going well for Ocean Spray, the largest U.S. co-op of cranberry growers.

'Unprecedented' Bat Die-Off Could Devastate Farming

A fungus is threatening to kill off most of North America's bat population, and that's a really big deal. Bats eat bugs -- vast quantities of bugs that would otherwise eat our crops -- and they pollinate plants, too. If researchers can't save them, U.S. agriculture will suffer a major blow.

Local Food Movement Gives Small Farms a Big Boost

The locavore, or local food, movement is gaining momentum, driven in part by recent food scares. Across the country, small, local farms are tapping into a growing market by selling meat and produce to health-conscious consumers and choosy restaurant chefs.

Meat Market: Cattlemen Debate Federal Antitrust Measure

Hoping to stop more small ranches from failing, the Obama administration has proposed a new antitrust rule. But ranchers are divided about whether it will help or hurt them. At a workshop Friday, some argued the rule could end up reducing their earnings.

Pakistan Floods Destroyed $2.9 Billion of Agricultural Products

The floods in Pakistan caused 250 billion rupees ($2.9 billion) of damage to crops such as sugar cane, cotton and rice. The waters destroyed 700,000 acres of planted cotton and 200,000 acres each of rice and sugar cane, Mohammed Ibrahim Moghul, chairman of farmers%u2019 group Agri Forum Pakistan, told Bloomberg News.

This Pennsylvania Incubator Aims to Hatch Farmers

America's vanishing farmland isn't a new problem. But one county in Eastern Pennsylvania hopes to bring the farmers back. It launched a program that teaches prospective farmers how to set up a farm, grow their own crops and keep the business afloat.