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Isaac Gives Farmers A Brief Break

September 4, 2012 12:24 pm | by JASON KEYSER and JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press

Several days of rain have given farmers in the nation's midsection a welcome break from irrigating and hauling water for livestock as they contend with the worst drought in the U.S. in decades. The remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped several inches of rain on wide areas of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri as the storm trudged north. Some spots got more than a half-foot of rain.

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U.S. Soup Sales Boost Campbell’s 4Q

September 4, 2012 12:17 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers

Campbell Soup on Tuesday reported a stronger-than-expected profit for its fiscal fourth quarter as retailers ran promotions to warm up soup sales and stocked up on inventories. The Camden, N.J., company also issued a rosier outlook for its fiscal 2013. Its stock edged up in morning trading after briefly touching its highest level in almost two years earlier in the session.

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U.N. Urges Action To Avoid Food Crisis

September 4, 2012 12:14 pm

The three U.N. food agencies urged governments Tuesday to take quick action to curb rising prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crises. The sharp rise in food prices in recent months threatens to make life even more difficult for tens of millions of people, particularly in poor countries.

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Hardy Plant May Produce The Next ‘Super Berry’

September 4, 2012 12:12 pm | by DAN SCHWARTZ,Peninsula Clarion

The berry grows from the Japanese haskap plant, and because of its resiliency, grower Brian Olson said it will be a significant contribution in Alaska, a state that is not predominately known for its crop productions. The berries are "hardy, the fruit's great and I'm really excited for it because I think it can be a new commercial crop in this state that people can actually commercially grow," he said.

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Weight Loss Groups Back NYC Sugary Drink Plan

September 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other diet groups said Tuesday they are supporting the city's proposed crackdown on super-sized, sugary drinks, adding prominent weight loss groups' influence to the campaign ahead of a vote next week. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Weight Watchers North America President David Burwick announced the groups join a list of physicians, elected officials and others who have come out in support of the plan.

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Consumer Trends: Low-Sodium Claims Decline Despite Health Concerns

September 4, 2012 12:06 pm

Despite increased awareness about the risks of too much sodium in consumers' diets and pledges from governments around the world to reduce salt levels in food, products with low/no/reduced sodium claims have seen some decline over the past years according to new findings from Mintel.

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New Jersey Company Recalls Mango Products

September 4, 2012 10:06 am

A New Jersey produce company recalled a number of products distributed in the Northeast that contained fresh-cut mangoes Saturday because of potential salmonella contamination. The products in question have an expiration date of Aug. 28, but the company, F&S Produce Co. Inc., working with the Food and Drug Administration, issued the voluntary recall regardless.

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Mountain Dew For Breakfast

September 4, 2012 10:04 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell said Friday that it's adding Mtn Dew A.M — a mix of Mountain Dew soda and Tropicana orange juice — to its breakfast menu, which was rolled out earlier this year at select locations. Separately, the industry tracker Beverage Digest said that PepsiCo Inc. next year plans to introduce a drink made with juice, Mountain Dew Kickstart.

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White House Releases Beer Recipe

September 4, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW DALY,Associated Press

The White House has made public the recipe for two homemade beers that have become an object of fascination for beer drinkers everywhere. White House Honey Brown Ale, believed to be the first beer brewed on the White House grounds, includes light malt extract, amber crystal malt, honey, gypsum, yeast and corn sugar.

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USDA: Sick Cows Not Slaughtered For Food

September 4, 2012 9:59 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said Friday that there is no evidence that sick animals entered the food supply. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a team of investigators at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford found that no food safety violations occurred, though an investigation into inhumane handling of animals continues.

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Study Questions Superiority Of Organic

September 4, 2012 9:57 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics.

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Photo of The Day: Ale To The Chief

September 4, 2012 9:55 am

Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month. Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink.

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Drought-Weary Farmers Await Isaac’s Remnants

August 31, 2012 10:56 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

Indiana farmer John Kolb normally would welcome storms that could provide his crops with badly needed water in this summer of drought. Instead, he and other Corn Belt farmers are nervously watching the forecast as Hurricane Isaac's remnants slog their direction, concerned they could end up getting too much of a good thing.

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Work Starts On Indiana Ingredients Plant

August 31, 2012 10:54 am

Officials of California-based food manufacturer PGP International took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the 70,000-square-foot facility in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park. The Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV report the plant is expected to start production next summer with about 20 workers and grow to about 40 workers over the next two years.

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Farmers Say Times Are Pretty Good

August 31, 2012 10:53 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

As farmers walked through 85 acres of farm product displays at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, learning about where the markets are headed and seeing the latest equipment, seed, and chemicals, they had reason to feel good about their occupation — even during one of the worst droughts in U.S. history.

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Developing ‘Super Spaghetti’

August 31, 2012 10:51 am

University of Adelaide researchers are working with colleagues in Italy to produce better quality pasta that also adds greater value to human health. Two research projects - being conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University's Waite Campus - will start next month in collaboration with researchers from the Italian universities of Bari and Molise.

Czech Hops Harvest To Be Down 26 Percent

August 31, 2012 10:48 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

Fear not, beer lovers! Although the Czech hops harvest is expected to plummet by around a quarter this year due to bad weather, there's still plenty of stock to quench the huge thirst both at home and abroad. Czechs are by far the biggest beer drinkers in the world per capita and the Czech Republic is also one of the top producers of hops — the dried seed cones that give beer its bitter taste and aroma.

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Consumer Trends: Classic Cocktails Make A Comeback

August 31, 2012 10:45 am

If you want to know what cocktails people are ordering in bars and restaurants, you don't need to look any further than an episode of Mad Men. Classic cocktails are mixing things up on the drink menu this year. According to new research from Mintel Menu Insights, cocktails that are described as "classic" on menus have increased by a whopping 76% since 2009.

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Rain Aids Indiana Soybeans

August 31, 2012 9:43 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

Indiana's drought-stressed soybean crop has gotten a late-season boost from recent rainfall, which should lessen the financial impact of the state's worst drought in decades by increasing yields in many fields, a Purdue University farm expert said Wednesday.

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Consumer Spending Rose 0.4 Percent In July

August 31, 2012 9:41 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in July after earning a little more. The increase in income and consumer spending could help boost an economy mired in subpar growth. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July from June, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That followed no change in June and a slight decline in May.

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