Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to a closed-door GOP caucus as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in Jan. 1., at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Northern Beef Packers can now process an unlimited number of cattle after getting its permanent certificate of occupancy from the city of Aberdeen. The city previously had restricted the plant in northeastern South Dakota to processing 125 head of cattle a day because of delays in the installation of wastewater equipment.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has completed its investigation into ingredients used in burgers produced at Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. but hasn't been able to find the source of E. coli contamination which led to the recall of burgers made by an Ontario company.
Monks in a small Northern California town are rebuilding a 16th Century Spanish monastery with help from what may seem an unlikely source: beer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the first phase of the building's decades-long restoration in the Sacramento Valley town of Vina has been completed, with the chapter house of the monastery now standing.
Argentina's top farming groups are halting the sale of livestock for 24 hours to protest the government's planned expropriation of the Argentine Rural Society's exposition center. The country's biggest farm show called La Rural is held here each year as a showcase for the industry.
Veteran cattleman George Graham has a common-sense solution for how to prevent a repeat of an E. coli outbreak and extensive product recall in the fall that made 18 people sick, threw thousands out of work and smeared the Canadian beef brand. Officials who regulate and work in the industry must simply do their jobs properly.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer forms verifying worker eligibility increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012.
Domino Foods, Inc. is further strengthening its commitment to help the communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy by contributing $50,000 to The American Red Cross for its relief and rebuilding efforts in the Northeast. Domino Sugar launched the first phase of its giving program over the Thanksgiving holiday with a donation to The American Red Cross of 30,200 lbs. of assorted Domino® Sugar products.
Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states. Golden algae, Texas Tide or Prymnesium parvum, as it is known by its scientific name, produces toxins that can severely impact aquatic organisms. Over the past decade, golden algae blooms have been responsible for the death of tens of millions of fish in Texas reservoirs.
The company that makes Oreo cookies is sweetening the pay for its CEO with a special stock award valued at $10 million. Mondelez Inc. says in a regulatory filing that the reward recognizes Irene Rosenfeld for "top-tier performance," including the recent "highly successful" spinoff of its Kraft Foods grocery business.
Federal health regulators say a genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration has released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency.
Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners. Hostess Brands Inc. said in bankruptcy court Friday that it's narrowing down the bids it received for its brands and expects to sell off its snack cakes and bread brands to separate buyers. The testimony came from an investment banker for Hostess, which is in the process of liquidating.
Rabobank has published a new fourth quarter 2012 research report on the global dairy industry. In the report, Rabobank forecasts that demand growth will slow but will not prevent a price recovery in 2013. Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group says that the slow recovery in international dairy prices that began in August continued into the final quarter of this year, but failed to gain much momentum.
New Mexico meat processor Valley Meat Co. is suing the U.S. federal government after the USDA ceased inspection of the company's horse slaughtering facility. Valley Meat alleges it is the victim of emotional political debates and that it has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to federal inaction.
Fishing regulators on Thursday delayed voting on huge cuts to the catch of New England fishermen after repeated and emotional warnings that the reductions would finish off the flailing industry. The New England Fishery Management Council voted 15-2 to put off deciding on new catch limits for various bottom-dwelling groundfish species until their next meeting, scheduled for the end of January.
Kraft Foods Group is planning to increase production of its Capri Sun beverages at its facility in Frederick County, creating 25 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said the company plans to invest $25 million for the ramp up and to install new packaging technology.
Chris Brokenshire has been making and drinking boilo for nearly 20 years. And now he's hoping to export this obscure cultural oddity to the masses, developing a drink mix that he began selling last month in a few brick-and-mortar stores in Schuylkill County — the epicenter of the boilo-making tradition — as well as online at his website.
A Maryland farmer who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue Farms did not discharge pollution into a nearby river, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a case that had been closely watched by environmentalists and the poultry industry. U.S. District Judge William Nickerson sided with Alan Hudson in a 50-page ruling, saying a New York-based environmental group that sued the farmer and Perdue for pollution had failed to prove its case.
A New Mexico meat company that wants to resume domestic horse slaughter for food is suing the federal government, alleging inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and has cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars. Valley Meat Co. is seeking to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections necessary to open what would be the nation's first new horse slaughterhouse in more than five years.
In this Dec. 12, 2012 photo Chris Brokenshire poses with his creation, a drink mix based on a traditional Pennsylvania coal-region cocktail called boilo, in Ringtown, Pa. Brokenshire is trying to commercialize the drink, which has been around for at least a century and is typically consumed around the holidays.