Farming is big business and business, along with related exchange traded fund (ETF), may be booming. Be it here in the United States or overseas, the agriculture sector is finding more avenues of investment.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new study indicating farmers and ranchers could potentially earn billions with the passage of the American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, According to Crookstone Daily Times.

Though farmers and ranchers may see a small increase in operational costs because of climate change legislation, the USDA calculated that farmers and ranchers could earn an additional $100 million annually by 2012. In the long term, the agriculture sector could generate an additional $20 billion from carbon reducing measures by 2040.

G8 leaders want a code of conduct for international agricultural investments in less developed nations, reports Stephen Johnston for Filing Service Canada. Proponents of foreign investment into agriculture say they are providing new seeds, technology and capital to an under-invested sector.

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