Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week made a series of announcements that continue to underscore the Obama Administration's ongoing work to help farmers, ranchers and businesses impacted by the most severe drought in 50 years. The changes announced today by Secretary Vilsack will benefit America's livestock and crop producers alike by improving procedures and lessening requirements during a time of disaster.
A summer epidemic of bird flu in the heart of Mexico's egg industry has doubled the cost of a kilo (2.2 pounds), or about 13 eggs, to more than 40 pesos ($3), a major blow to working- and middle-class consumers in a country that consumes more than 350 eggs per person each year.
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday toured the Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant in Waterbury, where she heard about company business practices that place emphasis on its social mission and its environmentally sound production methods.
Federal regulators say a California slaughterhouse shut down because of cruelty and food safety allegations can reopen.Central Valley Meat says the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Hanford plant's action plan and gave the OK to reopen on Monday.
The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on earth. About 11 million chickens were slaughtered after a June outbreak of bird flu.
The supermarket chain Whole Foods celebrated the opening of a new store Thursday by announcing that it is donating salad bars to 57 New York City schools.The salad bars, valued at $300,000, are part of a citywide initiative to put salad bars in all public schools by 2015. There are more than 1,000 salad bars now.
A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring followed by cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought.
Animal care expert, Dr. Dave Daley, Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture at California State University and an active member of the cattle community issued the following statement regarding a Central California slaughterhouse that was shut down after an undercover video surfaced showing alleged abuse to dairy cows.
U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, Calif., company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread and active rodent infestation. The FDA initiated the seizure of various food products in the warehouse owned by the San Francisco Herb &Natural Food Company on Aug. 21, 2012, under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern of California.
The record-setting average temperatures — which have been steadily rising for years because of global warming, according to scientists — have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis.
Like other top chefs from around the world, Christopher Kostow comes to Mexico to study and experiment with the purity of ingredients and flavors in real Mexican cuisine, now a top export commodity that was dismissed for decades as tortillas suffocated in heavy sauces, cheeses and sour cream.
Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is planning a $70 million expansion to its sugar beet processing plant in Wahpeton.The molasses de-sugarization plant that will be built over the next two years will turn byproduct beet molasses into products used in food, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements. The Wahpeton Daily News reports it will create 20 full-time jobs.
Natural and organic food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 82 percent as it benefited from growing sales of its products as well as acquisitions. The company's forecast for fiscal 2013 earnings topped analysts' forecasts and its shares jumped almost 11 percent in extended trading.
Tim Chamberlain, who runs the 100-acre Chamberlain Farms at the center of the investigation, said he doesn't know what might have caused the contamination. John Broadhead, an attorney for the farm, said it voluntarily withdrew its cantaloupes last week and that all of its retail and wholesale purchasers complied with the recall.
Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation. Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.
Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413."
Unharvested cantaloupes sit in an unidentified field in Owensville, Indiana.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. in Owensville, Ind., to the salmonella outbreak that has infected 178 people nationwide.
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The nation's most withering drought in decades only got worse in several key farming states last week, despite cooler temperatures that at least gave those living there a break from this summer's stifling heat, according to a new drought report released Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds.