William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor mechanic from Mustang, Oklahoma, was complaining to his family that he was fatigued, with pain everywhere in his body.
MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, started a business to make agricultural loans in Brazil as insurers expand in developing markets and seek investments to boost income with interest rates near record lows.
U.S. retail-beef prices rose to a record $4.475 a pound in March, up 13 percent from a year earlier, the Department of Agriculture said today. The price is a composite that includes choice beef, other beef and hamburger values, the USDA’s Economic Research Service said.