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The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming.  

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Senator Says Obama Can Ease Regulations on Wheat Exports to Cuba

December 22, 2014 10:30 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senator Jerry Moran urged the Treasury Department to immediately rewrite cumbersome regulations that have made it difficult to sell wheat and other farm commodities to Cuba — saying the agency can take that step even before Congress grapples with whether to entirely lift the U.S. trade embargo.

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Longtime Va. Spice Firm, Other Companies Turn to Exports

December 22, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

C.F. Sauer is one of more than 200 companies that have participated in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program, which teaches state businesses how to export their products and services overseas through technical training, market research and trade missions.

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Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are leasing part of their property for hunting or selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. Some are even taking side jobs to make ends meet.

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VIDEO: 3-D Printer Dishes up Expertly Crafted Eats

December 22, 2014 8:55 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Ben Gruber reports.              

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CleanSIGN

December 22, 2014 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

In the food and beverage industry high demands are placed on hygiene which applies to both employees as well as machinery and equipment used. Furthermore, the danger of food poisoning, contamination and product recalls intensifies the focus on this. This increasing importance on hygiene standards and guidelines led to our design of a LED Signal Tower specially developed for use in food areas using an EHEDG approval.

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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

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Another Big Catch for Thai Company in $1.5B Bid for Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai Union Frozen Products, which already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major seller of tuna and other seafoods, has now hooked the largest canned seafood company in North America. The deal must still be approved by U.S. regulators.  

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Natural Grocers Dropping Noosa Under Dairy Rules

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the spring, Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass.            

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Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Reily Foods | News | Comments

Reily Foods Co. announced it is recalling certain Carroll Shelby brand and Wick Fowler brand chili seasoning kits after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third-party supplier contain peanut and almond allergens that are not declared on the products' ingredient statements.

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US Agriculture has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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NLRB Alleges That McDonald's Corp. Violates Worker Rights

December 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The board's chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

US Farmers Produce Bountiful Crop of Dry Beans

December 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's crop of beans such as kidneys, navies, garbanzos and pintos totaled nearly 28.7 million hundredweight, up 17 percent from 2013, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop.

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Hellmann's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 11:15 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and TALI ARBEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and regulatory authorities.

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How to Build a Better Capital Budget for Your Food Processing Plant

December 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Scott Mark, Vice President Operations, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When estimating your numbers for food processing projects on the horizon, don’t just base your predictions on what you did the last time around. You shouldn’t be estimating costs based solely on square footage, either. However, there are ways to build a higher confidence level behind your budget and ensure its accuracy — it all lies within the data.

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Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Hershey Company | News | Comments

The Hershey Company, in partnership with 3D Systems, this week announced the December 19 debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. The 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction is the most advanced model in operation today.

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Aging Farmer Population Threatens U.S. Food Supply

December 19, 2014 10:00 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

As the farmer population continues to age, young farmers face land availability and start-up costs as obstacles in becoming the next generation of farmers.               

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Meat Processing Facility to Open in Virginia

December 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven Hills Food, LLC will invest $3 million and commit to purchasing Virginia-grown beef and pork. Once finished, the facility will be one of the largest beef and pork processing operations in Virginia.       

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Minnesota Links Caramel Apples, 2 Listeria Deaths

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria.              

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C3572 Checkweigher

December 19, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new C3572 checkweigher features production monitoring and control features to help optimize the checkweighing process and increase production efficiencies. Higher production rates, better accuracy, and less downtime improve overall system performance and lead to increased OEE.

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Set for $150 Million Expansion

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.

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