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Kan. Lawmakers Asked to Repeal Corporate Farm Laws

January 16, 2013 8:59 am | by JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

Kansas' top agriculture official called Tuesday for the repeal of state laws restricting corporations' involvement in agriculture, a move that would reverse a policy enacted more than 80 years ago. Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said the state's anti-corporate farming laws hinder the growth of agriculture and recruitment of new agribusinesses to Kansas.


Cold Still Threatens Crops in West, But It's Easing

January 16, 2013 8:57 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

The freeze gripping the West appeared on the verge of easing Tuesday, but farmers who spent millions to protect crops were still assessing damage, some produce prices climbed, and businesses and residents dealt with burst pipes. The National Weather Service predicted another frosty night, but said temperatures would begin to warm as high pressure moved east.


USDA: Wis. Company Recalls Ground Beef Products

January 16, 2013 8:55 am

A Wisconsin company is recalling about 2,500 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Glenn's Market and Catering of Watertown is recalling the raw beef.


Ireland: Horsemeat Found in Supermarket Burgers

January 16, 2013 8:54 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press

The Irish food safety watchdog said Tuesday that it had discovered traces of horse and pig DNA in burger products sold by some of the country's biggest supermarkets, including a burger sold by global retailer Tesco that authorities said was made of roughly 30 percent horse.


USDA Offers Loans to Farmers Who Grow for Locals

January 16, 2013 8:52 am | by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press

With interest in locally grown food soaring, the federal government said Tuesday it has created a small loan program to help community farmers who might not be able to borrow money from banks. The low-interest "microloans" of up to $35,000 are designed to aid startup costs, bolster existing family-run farms and help minority growers and military veterans who want to farm.


Photo of the Day: Citrus on Ice

January 16, 2013 8:00 am

As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona.


Thought of the Day: California Chill Puts the Freeze on Citrus Production

January 15, 2013 11:51 am

As the West Coast cold snap lingers for a fifth day, California produce farmers are growing increasingly concerned about the impact the weather may have on their crops. California's San Joaquin Valley, used to a year-round temperate climate, saw Sunday's temperatures plummet to 25 degrees.

New Belgium Now Employee-Owned

January 15, 2013 11:40 am

The company that makes Fat Tire beer is now completely owned by its employees. Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing announced the milestone Tuesday, a day after its 456 employees got the news at their annual winter retreat. The company is the nation's third-largest craft brewer.


Venezuela Struggles with Sporadic Food Shortages

January 15, 2013 11:38 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER and VIVIAN SEQUERA,Associated Press

Venezuelans have long had to shop around to find scarce foods, and lately consumers have had particular trouble finding staples like chicken, cooking oil, sugar and coffee, as well as toilet paper and some medicines. The shortages are a potential political vulnerability for the government while President Hugo Chavez lies bedridden in Cuba, unheard from more than a month after his fourth cancer operation.


Falling Food, Gas Costs Lower Wholesale Prices

January 15, 2013 11:34 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesale prices fell for the third month in a row last month, pushed down by falling food and gas costs. The drop is the latest evidence inflation is tame. The producer price index dropped 0.2 percent in December, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That follows a decline of 0.8 percent in November.


Budvar Secures Budweiser Trademark in Britain

January 15, 2013 11:33 am

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a British court has rejected for good Anheuser-Busch's request to have Budvar's Budweiser trademark declared invalid in the country, the latest ruling in a long legal battle over the brand name.


NYC: 3-Month Reprieve from Sugary Drink Fines

January 15, 2013 11:31 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Soda sellers are set to get a three-month grace period from fines for violating New York City's upcoming crackdown on supersized sugary drinks, but a size limit still is set to take effect as planned in March, officials said Monday. The reprieve on fines comes as soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses are suing to try to block the unprecedented rule from going into effect at all.


Consumer Trends: Demand for 'Farm-to-Table' to Grow in 2013

January 15, 2013 10:35 am

Consumer demand for "Farm-to-Table" will continue to grow in 2013 if shopper behavior matches responses to new research conducted for Plainville Farms turkey and FreeBird chicken. Shoppers said their motivation for wanting "Farm-to-Table" products is based on a belief that they are "fresher" (95%) and "healthier/ more nutritious" (90%).


Candy Maker Recalls Product due to Undeclared Milk

January 15, 2013 9:41 am

An Ohio candy maker recalled 492 bags of its product because it contains milk that is not declared on the label. Island Delights Inc. of Seville announced the recall of the bags of Coconut Haystack candy earlier this week. An audit by the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the candy contained milk that could be harmful to the health of people who are allergic to it.


Virginia Wine Sales Break Record in 2012

January 15, 2013 9:39 am

Virginia wineries enjoyed record-breaking sales in fiscal 2012. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that nearly 485,000 cases were sold during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. The previous record was about 477,000 cases sold in fiscal 2011.


Vilsack to Remain Ag Secretary

January 15, 2013 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keep his job in President Obama's second term. USDA communications director Matt Paul said Monday that Obama asked Vilsack to stay in his post and Vilsack accepted. Vilsack is the former Democratic governor of Iowa.


Flowers Foods Stock up on Hostess Deal

January 15, 2013 9:35 am

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares soared Monday on the bakery's plans to buy Hostess Brand Inc.'s bread business, including its iconic Wonder bread brand. Flowers announced late Friday that it had signed two asset purchase agreements with Hostess that made it the "stalking horse bidder" that sets the bar for the court-supervised auction of the company's bread business.


Calif. Cold Snap Damages Citrus, Lettuce

January 15, 2013 9:32 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona. The extreme chill in the West comes as the eastern U.S., from Atlanta to New York City, is seeing spring-like weather.


Photo of the Day: Coke Focuses on Calories

January 15, 2013 9:30 am

Coca-Cola said it will start airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health.


Snyder’s Lance CEO to Retire in May

January 14, 2013 12:42 pm

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance said Monday that it is promoting its president and COO Carl Lee to lead the company, as CEO David Singer plans to retire in May. Singer will step down after the snack food company's annual shareholder meeting on May 3.



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