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Group Sues USDA Over Predator Killing Program

May 2, 2012 9:41 am | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press

The Great Depression-era program the Department of Agriculture uses to kill coyotes, mountain lions and other predators that threaten livestock is outdated, illegal and a waste of federal money, conservationists say in a new lawsuit.

DuPont Acquires Soy Ingredients Company

May 2, 2012 9:24 am | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer

The DuPont Co. has acquired full ownership of Solae LLC, a soy ingredients producer that had been a joint venture with Bunge Ltd., an agribusiness and food company based in New York.

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Food Processors Collaborate to Expand Workforce Labor Pool

May 2, 2012 9:04 am | by SOURCE DePaul Industries

In an effort to help close workforce talent gaps and reduce turnover in the Tri-Cities food processing industry, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and DePaul Industries held a roundtable discussion among area food processors at the Port of Pasco last week that led to the development of several new ideas for attracting skilled talent to the industry and area.

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Louis Dreyfus Commodities Buying Imperial Sugar

May 2, 2012 8:57 am

Agribusiness company Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC is buying refined sugar processor Imperial Sugar Co. for about $77.5 million in cash as it diversifies its operations.

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Land O' Lakes, Eggland's Best Hatch Joint Venture

May 2, 2012 8:54 am

Land O'Lakes Inc. said on Tuesday that it is creating a joint venture with Eggland's Best Inc. to sell specialty branded eggs. Each company will own half of the new venture, to be called Eggland's Best LLC.

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Japanese Butcher Serves Up 'Cesium Beef'

May 2, 2012 8:51 am

On the afternoon of March 11, exactly one year after last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, a group of around 30 people were invited to gather at a 12-story building a few blocks away from the bustling streets of the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. The diners were in for a nuclear treat.

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Corn Products' Profit Falls As Costs Rise

May 2, 2012 8:48 am

Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell as costs rose faster than revenue. But the results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company said it expects earnings to rise in the second half of the year.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Help Battle Stress

May 2, 2012 8:43 am

New research presented last week at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, California, suggests that grape consumption may be able to positively affect anxiety and related hypertension, as well as cognitive impairments associated with anxiety. 

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State Resolution Thanks Member For M&Ms

May 1, 2012 12:06 pm

Rep. Atkins has carried on a tradition since 1999 in which every time there's a pause for a House roll call, he dumps a bunch of M&Ms into a glass jar on his desk . . .

Stocks Turn Higher On Better Manufacturing Report

May 1, 2012 12:03 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

The Institute for Supply Management said its national manufacturing index rose to its highest level since last June . . .

Calif. Chefs Seek Repeal Of Looming Foie Gras Ban

May 1, 2012 12:00 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press

With the law set to take effect the July 1, some of the state's top chefs on Monday were attempting to overturn it . . .

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Cattle Prices Should Recover Again

May 1, 2012 11:57 am | by Rabobank

For the rest of the year cattle prices should recover as markets shift from the short term supply bulge to materially lower supplies . . .

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Doctors: McDonald's Olympics Sponsorship Sends Wrong Message

May 1, 2012 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

McDonald's is a sponsor for the London Olympics — and a British doctors' group says that's sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

Consumer Trends: Shoppers Seek Dark Meat

May 1, 2012 8:40 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The poultry industry used to have trouble finding a market for dark meat, but changing domestic tastes and growing exports to countries that prefer leg quarters are pushing up prices and helping pull the poultry industry out of a deep slump.

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Calif. Grocer Recalls Beef After Finding Pen In Grinder

May 1, 2012 8:31 am

A Northern California supermarket chain has been forced to recall all the ground beef at one of its stores after an employee reported finding bits of chewed up pen in the store's meat grinder.

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Photo Of The Day: A Dark Desire

May 1, 2012 8:29 am

Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking out flavor that’s lacking in the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have long dominated the domestic market. While the poultry industry once had trouble finding markets for dark meat, sales are now growing rapidly.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Expands Into Japan

April 30, 2012 10:58 pm

The Durango-based candy company says it has signed a licensing agreement with a partner based in Hong Kong to add dozens of stores in Japan.

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Beer Makers Ask For Dismissal Of Reservation Suit

April 30, 2012 10:55 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beer vendors in a tiny Nebraska town would be forced to discriminate against residents of a neighboring South Dakota American Indian reservation if a judge agrees with a lawsuit accusing the retailers and others of knowingly contributing to the reservation's alcohol-related problems, attorneys said in asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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Diamond Pet Foods Expands Dog Food Recall

April 30, 2012 10:52 pm

All three products were made at a Gaston, S.C., plant, where production was suspended April 8. The plant is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.

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Coca-Cola Denies Rumors Of Monster Acquisition

April 30, 2012 10:49 pm

Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares soared on Monday following a report that Coca-Cola Co. was considering buying the energy drink maker, but the world's biggest soft drink maker later denied the discussions are under way.

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