Maine's new top fisheries official is vowing to grow the economic value of the state's oldest industry, commercial fishing, and the coastal communities that rely on the ocean. The value of the state's seafood harvest ranges from $350 million to $450 million each year and contributes three or four times that much in economic activity to Maine.
Changes at the Tillamook Cheese Factory have left 47 workers jobless as the cooperative streamlines its operations in Oregon, Idaho and Utah.
Between 2005 and 2010, Virginia's wine industry's economic impact has more than doubled to nearly $750 million in contributions to the state's economy every year. During that time, the number of wineries has increased from about 130 to nearly 200 and the number of full-time jobs at wineries and vineyards rose from about 3,160 in 2005 to more than 4,750 in 2010.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is developing rules that would require many industries to better control combustible dust hazards. Combustible dust is the technical term for any dust that will catch fire, and most will if it is ground finely enough — including dust from chemicals, plastics, metals and foods.
Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, said its fiscal first-quarter profit fell by nearly half from last year as higher feed costs cut into the company's profit margins. But Tyson said Friday it was able to raise prices on chicken and beef as it cut back production, pushing its struggling chicken division to profitability. The company predicted that U.S. meat supplies will fall, which should boost prices and revenue this year.
In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.
In a vineyard in Moravia, the Arctic chill striking Europe at least has some people jumping with joy. Winemakers in southeast Czech Republic, waiting for a dip in temperatures during an unusually warm winter, finally got the deep chill they needed to harvest grapes for the most prestigious part of their business — ice wine.
As some states crack down on illegal immigrants, Vermont lawmakers are discussing creating a guest worker program that would include state IDs for the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants who work on Vermont dairy farms and who officials say have become critical to the struggling industry.
An outbreak of bacterial infections on the East Coast illustrates the popularity of raw, unpasteurized milk despite strong warnings from public health officials about the potential danger. Even presidential candidate Ron Paul has joined the cause of consumers looking to buy unprocessed "real foods" straight from the farm, saying government shouldn't deny them that choice.
In this picture taken on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, man picks grapes of Pinot Noir from a vineyard near the village of Stosikovice na Louce, Czech Republic. Following an unusually warm winter Czech wine makers finally got the deep chill needed to reap grapes for Ice Wine.
The nation's leanest state is taking its sweet time as it considers a proposal aimed at getting junk food out of schools. A Colorado House committee was expected to discuss a bill that represents the nation's toughest regulations meant to keep trans fat away from students, but lawmakers Thursday delayed the hearing without explanation.
Hormel Foods Corp.'s company-owned farms are phasing out the use of small metal crates for confining pregnant hogs by the end of 2017 — a move welcomed Thursday by the Humane Society of the United States, which had pushed for the change.
Pennsylvania health officials say the number of people stricken with illness after consuming raw milk from the same dairy has risen to 35 in four states. The confirmed cases of campylobacter bacterial infection include 28 people in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, two in West Virginia, and one in New Jersey.
A Minnesota company is recalling cooked eggs distributed in 34 states because of possible listeria contamination. Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use under the brand names: Columbia Valley Farms; GFS; Glenview Farms; Papetti's; Silverbrook; and Wholesome Farms.
A landmark candy factory in southwestern Pennsylvania caught fire, but the owner and fire officials said damage was not as severe as first feared and that the business will likely reopen sometime next week. The fire at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg was reported about 7 a.m. Friday.
Many Americans have seen commercials or advertisements for low carb, low fat, prepackaged diet meals that are available in grocery stores or for delivery to their home to help them lose weight. Poll Position wanted to know if consumers thought these diet programs were healthy and sustainable.
The company that aims to get people brewing their coffee one cup at a time said late Wednesday that fiscal first-quarter revenue more than doubled to $1.16 billion, and net income surged to $104 million from $2.4 million.
Indiana is among a handful that ban carryout liquor sales on Sundays, even with the NFL's most-celebrated spectacle on the schedule. The nation's few remaining blue laws are mostly in the South and Midwest and tend to limit liquor or car sales on Sundays. The name is believed to have derived either from 18th century usage of the word "blue" to disparage those with puritanical beliefs or from an early set of rules in New Haven, Conn., that were printed on blue paper.
After being battered by flooding last year, farmers across the Northeast and Midwest can at least be thankful that a relatively warm and largely snowless winter has made it easier to get started healing their rutted and debris-strewn lands.
The union representing locked-out employees at American Crystal Sugar. Co. plans to lobby against the federal sugar program in Congress, breaking a tradition of fighting for the program alongside farmers and the company.