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Export Demand For U.S. Soybeans And Corn May Increase

April 11, 2012 9:47 am | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

A drought that damaged crops in South America could send more overseas buyers to the U.S. for soybeans, the USDA said Tuesday. The agency also said that an early start to the planting season and softer demand from ranchers and ethanol producers could cause corn supplies to build by summer's end. But for now, it's leaving its forecast unchanged.


R.I. Beverage Companies Blast Soda Tax Proposal

April 11, 2012 9:43 am

A legislative proposal to tax sugary beverages in Rhode Island is falling flat with the state's beverage industry. Representatives from several beverage companies came to the Statehouse Tuesday to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal, which they say unfairly singles out their industry.


Alabama Outlaws Commercial Turtle Harvesting

April 11, 2012 9:41 am | by ANDY BROWNFIELD,Associated Press

Alabama has outlawed commercial harvesting of turtles from the state's freshwater bodies, leaving Asia's thriving market to look elsewhere for the highly desirable meat.


N.D. Food Products Promoted On China Trade Mission

April 11, 2012 9:39 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who led a recent overseas trade mission, said China's increased purchasing power has expanded its import tastes from raw foods to processed products like flour, which is produced at North Dakota's state-owned mill.


FDA Shuts Down Seafood Plant

April 11, 2012 9:37 am

Federal regulators have shut down a Maine seafood processing plant for what were described as "numerous violations" of federal laws and health regulations. The Food and Drug Administration also ordered Portland Shellfish Co., which processes lobster and shrimp, to recall and destroy seafood the company's president says is worth about $25,000.


Photo Of The Day: Dairy Sustainability Awards

April 11, 2012 9:31 am

The first U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® honors those who practice sustainable dairy processes, improving businesses, communities and the environment.


Cheese Technology Expo Opens In Milwaukee

April 10, 2012 1:07 pm

Dairy manufacturers and suppliers from around the world are gathering in Milwaukee this week for the International Cheese Technology Exposition. The event starts Tuesday and ends Thursday in downtown Milwaukee.


Sara Lee Buys Brazilian Espresso Company

April 10, 2012 1:05 pm

Sara Lee Corp. today announced the acquisition of Expresso.Coffee, a business specialized in selling espresso coffee in the out-of-home small business, vending and bakeries (padarias) segments in Brazil, for an undisclosed amount.


FDA Chief: More Inspectors Needed At Savannah Port

April 10, 2012 1:02 pm | by RUSS BYNUM,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration's top official said Monday she wants more inspectors at the booming Port of Savannah, where the agency keeps a lookout for safety hazards ranging from spoiled fish to counterfeit drugs.


Ark. Poultry Plant To Expand, Add 182 Workers

April 10, 2012 1:00 pm

A Fort Smith-based poultry company plans to hire 182 people as part of a $7 million expansion of its processing facilities.


Fresh Del Monte Produce Prevails In Suit Against Del Monte Foods

April 10, 2012 12:57 pm

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. today announced that it secured a sweeping jury verdict in a lawsuit against Del Monte Foods Company and Del Monte Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Consumer Trends: Yeast Market To Be Worth $5 Billion By 2016

April 10, 2012 12:53 pm

The report "Global Yeast Market by Types, Applications, & Geography - Trends & Forecasts (2011 - 2016)"  identifies the driving and restraining factors for the global yeast markets with analysis of trends, opportunities and challenges.


Miss. Governor Signs Bill Allowing Stronger Beer

April 10, 2012 10:02 am | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippians will soon be able to buy stronger beer, which supporters say will allow beer lovers to sample more kinds of suds and increase business opportunities for breweries.


Imperial Sugar Sells Stake In Wholesome Sweeteners For $60.4M

April 10, 2012 10:00 am

Refined sugar processor Imperial Sugar Co. is receiving $60.4 million in net proceeds from the sale of its 50 percent stake in Wholesome Sweeteners Inc. to an affiliate of private investment group Arlon Group.


Small Dairies Create Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

April 10, 2012 9:55 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Frank Kipe thought he had everything he needed to launch a business selling what he described as the world's most expensive ice cream: two Jersey cows, a 10-acre farm and an old barn. Then he found out that he would have to pasteurize his milk before making his ice cream. Equipment for commercial farms was bulky and cost tens of thousands of dollars, so he built his own pasteurizer. Then he built more to sell. His pasteurizer business boomed, and the ice cream was forgotten.


FDA Says Cheese Company Will Keep Products Off Market

April 10, 2012 9:53 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that cheese processor Del Bueno of Grandview, Wash. has agreed not to sell its products until they are proven safe for consumption.


Union: Right-To-Work Law Violates Free Speech

April 10, 2012 9:47 am | by CHARLES WILSON,Associated Press

Indiana's new right-to-work law should be struck down because it infringes upon unions' free speech rights by depriving them of the dues that fund their political speech, attorneys for a union challenging the law contend, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United ruling that eased restrictions on corporate campaign spending.


Photo Of The Day: Small Dairies, Big Opportunities

April 10, 2012 9:37 am

One of the challenges Peck faced when raising a small herd of dairy goats was finding the equipment to pasteurize the milk to make cheese. There were plenty of pasteurizers for big dairies but virtually nothing for smaller operations, like her herd of about 50 Nigerian dwarf goats. Peck was happy to find a small-scale pasteurizing machine that allows them to process from 15 to 35 pounds of milk.


Effects Of Irene Hamper Spring Planting

April 9, 2012 1:23 pm | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Most of the refuse left behind from Tropical Storm Irene — televisions, refrigerators, books and toys — has been cleared from the pastures and fields of Liberty Hill Farm along the White River. But the flood waters also deposited a layer of gravel, sand and silt that is choking grass in some spots of the normally rich, loamy soil and hampering spring planting of other feed crops for their dairy cows.


Food Lion Recalls Taco Kit For Allergen Issues

April 9, 2012 1:21 pm

The operator of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's supermarkets said Saturday that it is recalling one production lot of a taco kit because it may contain a milk allergen.



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