The nation's worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer's withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk. Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states held steady over the seven-day period ending Tuesday, with about one-fifth of the total land area in extreme or exceptional drought.
A breakthrough vaccine that prevents cattle from shedding E. coli before the animals are sent to slaughter has been on the market for several years but isn't widely used. Bioniche, the Ontario company that produces the vaccine, says less than five per cent of Canadian cattle are getting the shots.
A food processing plant in Middle Tennessee is expanding and will hire 64 more workers. State officials announced Wednesday that AGRANA Fruit US will put about $10 million into construction at its plant in Centerville. Company president Bob Prendes said the demand for yogurt has seen explosive growth in recent years and the Centerville plant has played a key role in AGRANA Fruit US' success.
The list of beef products being recalled from Alberta's XL Foods due to possible E. coli contamination grew again early today. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its alert to add dozens of additional products sold across the country to an already lengthy list of recalled beef.
Police in Canada have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup in New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the theft of millions worth of syrup in Quebec and are transporting it back to Quebec under police protection, officials said Wednesday.
The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education is reminding all Canadians, we all have a role to play in ensuring our homes are food-safe. Research findings reveal despite the fact a majority of adults feel confident they understand and follow safe food handling procedures, a sizeable number do not consistently follow certain safe food handling practices.
A U.N. agency says international food prices ticked upward in September after two months of stability. The U.N. Food and Agriculture index rose 1.4 percent from its level in August but the agency also reported some positive signs. International wheat prices fell toward the second half of the month following Russia's announcement that it would not impose restrictions on exports.
Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa. The company has come under fire from activists who said it was the only major chocolate producer in the world that hadn't made a commitment to use certified cocoa.
Rancher and veterinarian Dr. Tim Richards has been trying for six years to raise more cattle on his family's century-old ranch. He holds back some calves he previously would have sent to Oregon, Texas or elsewhere for final feeding, or "finishing." But eight years of below-normal rainfall have left little grass for the cattle to eat.
A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm's fruit-packing plant during inspections prompted by a deadly outbreak linked to the farm's melons. The Food and Drug Administration's report on the mid-August inspections at Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. shows an inspector found improperly cleaned and apparently rusted and corroded equipment.
Since a shipment of E. coli-contaminated Canadian beef from Alberta-based XL Foods Inc. was stopped at the American border on Sept. 4, the Conservative government has stoutly maintained the domestic food inspection system is working as it should.
National interest in locally grown food and grass-fed beef has caught on in Hawaii — offering ranchers plenty of reason to escape this paradox. But the opportunity comes as crushing drought has made it difficult to keep enough cattle here to capitalize on the demand.
From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market. The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds. The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.
A lawsuit alleges that XL Foods processed beef products knowing it had poor quality control systems and that it put profits above the safety of consumers. The statement of claim has not been proven in court and a judge will determine if it may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.
Monsanto's fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as its operating expenses increased. The agricultural products company's adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's estimates, but its revenue fell short of expectations and it provided a full-year earnings forecast below analysts' estimates.
Coca-Cola has pulled its advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs. The company abandoned Zing.vn after The Associated Press alerted it to local and international concerns about the website.
The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Tuesday.
Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s shares opened at $45.55 Wednesday before surging to $58.54. Nasdaq says it is looking into "potentially erroneous transactions" and will cancel all trades above $47.82 that happened during a one-minute window at 9:30 A.M. EDT.
Produce company Chiquita Brands International Inc. has named Edward F. Lonergan as its CEO and president to help with its turnaround efforts. Chiquita previously announced a cost-cutting plan aimed at saving $60 million annually by streamlining its administrative and manufacturing costs.
With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures. Authorities in other drought-stricken states say they've seen similar fence cuttings, along with thefts of livestock and other material.