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Idaho Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit on ‘Ag Gag’ Law

April 8, 2014 10:24 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. A coalition sued Idaho last month, asking that the so-called "ag gag" law be stricken down.

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Taco Bell Continues Assault Against McDonald’s in Latest Ad

April 8, 2014 10:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Taco Bell will begin airing a TV spot set to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" that shows a man who has been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984. After trying Taco Bell's breakfast, the man trims his mullet, switches to tighter pants, gets a smartphone and takes down his "Loverboy" poster.

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PETA Wants to Transform Dahmer's Home into Vegan Restaurant

April 8, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Akron, Ohio, is for sale, and PETA is interested in opening a vegan restaurant called Eat for Life: Home Cooking on the site. PETA says that opening a vegan restaurant at Dahmer's former home is "one way to turn evil into good." 

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EU Seeks Restrictions on Meat Names Like 'Bratwurst' and 'Bologna'

April 8, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

The European Union is looking to restrict the use of common meat names, such as "bologna," "bratwurst" and "black forest ham." U.S. senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking them to defend these names.

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Infographic: The Impact of Climate Change on the Future of Farming

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

According to this infographic provided by The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, climate change in the 2030s will affect food and farming more strongly, especially small producers located in poor countries.

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Groups Strategize to Ensure Food Security amid Climate Change

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Representatives from the research community, civil society, farmers organizations, donor agencies and the private sector gathered last week to identify actions the world must take to help farmers adapt to climate change and help deliver a more food-secure world.

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Are Insects the Future of Food?

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

Megan Miller spoke at TEDxManhattan about her food startup Bitty, which seeks to remove the cultural taboos around eating insects in order to popularize them as a sustainable ingredient that can help alleviate food scarcity around the world.

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How to Manage Mobile ‘Big Data’ Legal Risks

April 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Reif | Articles | Comments

The opportunities accompanying the possibilities of mobile's big data are not limitless. Government policies and privacy laws create very real exposures that food industry members must keep in mind as they seek to leverage mobile big data.

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Slurry Mixing and Application System

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The tna intelli-flav® CLS 3 closed-loop slurry (CLS) seasoning system for the snacking industry enhances the homogeneity of the slurry mix.

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Brushless Motors

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The DCmind Brushless direct current motor series includes the TNi21 and SMi21 models that feature integrated electronics, power capabilities from 60-150 Watts and high accuracy.

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Removable Retaining Walls for Conveying

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has designed removable retaining walls for its DynaClean food conveying systems.

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USDA Provides Funding for Pest, Disease Management

April 7, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

The USDA has allocated $48.1 million provided by the new farm bill to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.

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A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

April 7, 2014 12:58 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.

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Schreiber Foods Plans New Facility to Meet Yogurt Demand

April 7, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Schreiber Foods will begin construction of a distribution center this month in Richland Center, Wis., to meet the growing demand for yogurt. The dairy giant has spent more than $100 million in the last five years on its two Richland Center yogurt plants.

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Grocery Price Wars May Hurt Food Industry in Canada

April 7, 2014 12:46 pm | by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The grocery price wars that have pushed a kilogram of bananas below the price of a chocolate bar may be good news for consumers' wallets, but those who watch the food industry see a race to the bottom that may leave shoppers with less selection.

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Farmers Face New Conservation Rules Under Farm Bill

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies.

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Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

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Consumer Trends: What Your Taste Buds Say About You

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Chances are, most of us have defined someone's character as plain or "vanilla." After all, these descriptions perfectly emphasize just how unexciting a person is. But, according to a study commissioned by Danio, it seems we've been mistaken all along.

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Adjusting Calcium, Acidity Levels May Improve Dressings and Sauces

April 7, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Adjusting the calcium and acidity levels could be the key to developing better-tasting, more eye-appealing and creamier reduced-fat sauces, desserts and salad dressings that could be on the market soon, according to a study supported by ConAgra Foods.

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Federal Judges to Review COOL Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat. The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year.

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