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Midwest Warned To Brace For Drought

June 8, 2012 9:50 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa should prepare for drought conditions this summer that could devastate their crops, climatologists said Thursday. The warnings echoed what ranchers and farmers reported from their fields this week — dry conditions unlike anything they've seen.

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Groundwater Depletion Threatens U.S. Food Security

June 8, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

The study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S. Researchers hope this information will enable more sustainable use of water in these areas, although they think irrigated agriculture may be unsustainable in some parts.

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Five Wives Distiller: Special Order Not Good Enough

June 8, 2012 9:44 am | by PAUL FOY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah distillery is happy Idaho will sell its cheeky Five Wives vodka by special order. However, Ogden's Own Distillery lawyer Jonathan Turley said Thursday the company also wants Idaho regulators to stock Five Wives on shelves at state liquor stores.

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Coke Official: Proposed Soda Ban 'Demonizes' Industry

June 8, 2012 9:42 am | by JASON KEYSER,Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior executive with Coca-Cola said Thursday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks unfairly singles out and demonizes an industry and will do nothing to address the problem of obesity.

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Making 'Mobility' More Than A Buzzword

June 8, 2012 9:39 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

A new kind of business mobility has emerged in today’s high-tech business environment, and it differs greatly from the traditional definition of the concept. It’s more complex, it’s more fluid, and it has yet to be totally defined.

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Photo Of The Day: Water Worries

June 8, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

The nation's food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across space and time in California's Central Valley and the High Plains of the central U.S.

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Ultra-High Shear Mixer

June 8, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ross X-Series Ultra-High Shear Mixer is ideal for products that require great uniformity in a dispersion or emulsion. This inline unit is often used in processes where exceptionally narrow particle size distributions are desired within a single pass.

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Energy-Efficient Lighting

June 8, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ECO-T™ LED Recessed Troffer is a cost-effective, energy-efficient alternative to traditional fluorescent fixtures. Offered in 2’x2’ and 2’x4’ sizes, the product is designed for installation into T-bar grid (“drop in") ceilings and offers a high-color rendering index (CRI) of 84.

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One-Yard Tilt Trucks

June 8, 2012 12:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 1-cubic yard capacity Poly-Trux® P-405 Heavy Duty tilt truck is rotationally molded with a proprietary internal rib design in a single piece from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and set within a powder coated steel support frame and base that together safely accommodate up to 1,300 lbs.

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Combine power, speed and versatility all in one unit!

June 7, 2012 4:28 pm | by Admix | Videos | Comments

NEW! BenchMix Model OPLB-400 high shear lab mixers offer 3 HP at up to 12,000 RPM. Process from 1 to 20 Liters.

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United Natural 3Q Profit Rises

June 7, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

United Natural Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter profit jumped nearly 24 percent on stronger sales of natural and organic foods to grocers and other retailers.

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Nestle Breaks Ground For Dairy Institute In China

June 7, 2012 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Nestle today held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dairy Farming Institute, which will support the sustainable development and the accelerated modernization of the dairy industry in China.

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Recalled Pasta Mix May Contain Metal Fragments

June 7, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

The recalled products include a seasoning blend manufactured by Kerry Ingredients & Flavours.  The seasoning blend was manufactured by Kerry using lactic acid which may potentially contain small metal fragments.

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Burger King Expanding Into Russia

June 7, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

The world's second largest hamburger chain said Tuesday it has reached a deal with its franchise operator in the country to open several hundred new locations in the next few years. There are currently 57 Burger King locations in Russia.

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Five Key Elements Of A Successful Manufacturing Website

June 7, 2012 12:46 pm | by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, Software Advice | Articles | Comments

These days, just having a website isn’t enough to generate online business. To truly capitalize on the online opportunity — and generate more leads — manufacturers need to create a website that meets buyer expectations.

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Retailers Have Symbiotic Relationship With Suppliers

June 7, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

A new study by supply-chain researchers at the University of Arkansas shows that the relationship between major retailers such as Walmart and Target and their suppliers is collaborative in nature, rather than adversarial, and that suppliers that actively participate in innovative supply-chain processes with these major customers actually wield considerable leverage and perform better financially.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Believe Sugary Drink Companies Target Children

June 7, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

One of the most revealing findings of a new survey is that 51 percent of respondents felt sugary drink companies unfairly target youth and minorities.

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Global Food Prices Fall

June 7, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

A U.N. agency says world food prices dropped sharply in May, reaching their lowest level in eight months due to favorable supplies and currency fluctuations.

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Greenpeace Accuses Brazil Meatpacker Of Hurting Rainforest

June 7, 2012 9:56 am | by RENATA BRITO,Associated Press | News | Comments

Greenpeace on Wednesday accused JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, of not honoring a 2009 agreement in which the Brazilian company pledged to protect the Amazon rainforest by not buying cattle from suppliers who raise beef on illegally deforested land.

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Report: Federal And Private Funding Gap Threatens Food Research

June 7, 2012 9:55 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press | News | Comments

The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow — and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests.

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