farming

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.

The Slow Money Movement Takes Root

Taking a page from the playbook of the slow food movement -- which argues that fast food will ruin your health, local culture, and the environment -- the Slow Money Alliance suggests that "fast money" is doing the same thing.

Chicken Prices May Jump Due to Blizzards

Snowstorms that hit the Eastern Seaboard this week could mean shortages and higher prices for chicken. At least a dozen poultry houses suffered collapsed roofs due to the heavy snow, and further damage and losses were expected.

Cows with names produce more milk

A university published a study a few weeks ago with a fascinating result. Probably because that university is in Newcastle, England, and the subject...