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Alabama Farmers Desperate For Workers In Wake Of Immigration Law

October 6, 2011 4:43 am

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many legal immigrant workers who work in construction and on farms doing backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't. The vacancies have created a void that will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

Storms Hammer California Raisins

October 6, 2011 4:42 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A storm dumped more than an inch of rain on parts of California's agricultural heartland in less than five hours, flooding streets, uprooting trees and soaking a bumper crop of raisins drying in vineyards. The storm hit Tuesday in Northern California, then swept through the central portions before bringing rainfall to Southern California by midmorning on Wednesday.

UN Forecasts Better Prospects For Cereals Production

October 6, 2011 4:41 am

ROME (AP) — A U.N. food agency is forecasting improved prospects for world cereals production in the 2011-2012 seasons. But the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization says that despite expected production gains, especially for wheat and rice, there is uncertainty about the improvement's impact on food security because of the global economic slump and increased risks for recession.

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5 Ky. Cities Vote For Alcoholic Beverage Sales

October 6, 2011 4:40 am

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Voters in five Kentucky cities have voted to legalize or expand alcoholic beverage sales. In Hardin County, Elizabethtown voted 3,051 yes to 2,021 no, Radcliff's totals were 1,567 yes to 1,025 no, and Vine Grove tallied 475 yes to 328 no, The New-Enterprise reported.

Muslim Prisoners' Lawsuit Riles Ohio Pork Industry

October 6, 2011 4:39 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state's pork producers and processors. Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.

Photo Of The Day: Have Your Pasta And Eat It Too

October 5, 2011 5:09 am

(PRNewswire) — This October, pasta fans can celebrate their favorite cuisine as part of National Pasta Month. The National Pasta Association's Pasta Fits campaign is kicking off the celebration with many fun and appetizing activities from a national contest to find out how pasta fits into the nation's lifestyle to delicious, healthy pasta recipes created by Pasta Fits ambassador Chef Candice Kumai , author of "Pretty Delicious," co-host of Lifetime Television's hit series, "Cook Yourself Thin," chef contributor on the Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats," and Bravo's "Top Chef" alumni.

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Obama Salutes Goya Foods

October 5, 2011 5:08 am

SECAUCUS, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Representatives of Goya Foods, Inc., America's largest Hispanic-owned food company, paid a special visit this past Friday, September 30, to meet President Barack Obama in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Goya Foods President Robert Unanue introduced President Obama at a reception at the White House, saying he was "honored and humbled" to be among the distinctive group gathered for the occasion.

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Natural Food Stores Celebrate Non-GMO Month

October 5, 2011 5:06 am

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRNewswire-USNewswire)/ — This October, nearly 1,000 natural food stores across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in Non-GMO Month, celebrating the public's right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organized by the non-profit Non-GMO Project , Non-GMO Month provides a platform for citizens and organizations to stand up for the right to know what's in their food, and to choose non-GMO.

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Frito-Lay Unveils 'Near Net Zero' Facility

October 5, 2011 5:06 am

PLANO, Texas (PRNewswire) — PepsiCo's Frito-Lay NorthAmerica division today celebrated the success of its most ambitious environmental sustainability project to-date by announcing that its Casa Grande, Arizona, facility has reached "near net zero." The "near net zero" vision was to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far "off the grid" as possible and run primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing nearly zero landfill waste.

China Sales Could Be Game Changer For Rice Farmers

October 5, 2011 5:05 am

ALICIA, Ark. (AP) — Three Chinese inspectors took notes but offered no visible reaction as David Smith answered their questions about pesticides and production on the 3,000-acre rice farm he calls his "beautiful garden." Smith is among the American farmers hoping to eventually sell rice to China.

CDC: 18 Deaths Tied To Listeria In Cantaloupe

October 5, 2011 5:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have raised the death toll to 18 in an outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has confirmed 100 illnesses in 20 states, including the 18 deaths. The agency said it has confirmed two additional deaths in Colorado and one in Kansas since last week.

Fraud Case Opens For Italian Dairy Giant

October 4, 2011 5:16 am

PARMA, Italy (AP) — Just 10 days after two Enron executives were convicted of fraud in Texas, a court in this northern Italian city launches proceedings Monday aimed at proving fraud in the euro14 billion (US $18 billion) collapse of the Parmalat dairy giant — Europe's largest corporate failure.

Pilgrim's Pride To Appeal $26M Judgment

October 4, 2011 5:13 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride said Monday that it plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that it must pay nearly $26 million to a group of chicken farmers for trying to manipulate chicken prices in 2008. Federal judge Charles Everingham ruled Friday that internal emails show Pilgrim's closed plants and cancelled its contracts with farmers with the express intention of cutting the supply of chicken and pushing retail prices higher, violating the 1921 Packers and Stockyards act.

Family Of Listeria Victim Hopes Outbreak Brings Food Safety Changes

October 4, 2011 5:09 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of the 81-year-old Nebraska man who died last month after eating tainted cantaloupe hopes the listeria outbreak leads to improvements in food safety. George Drinkwalter's relatives hope no other family will have to endure what they have in the past month.

Four Loko To Change Labeling After FTC Charges

October 4, 2011 5:06 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of the alcoholic drink Four Loko have agreed to change its labeling and packaging to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising. The FTC says Phusion Projects falsely claimed that a 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko, at 11 or 12 percent alcohol, had the same amount of alcohol as one or two typical 12-ounce beers and a consumer could drink a whole Four Loko safely in its entirety on a single occasion.

Lettuce Recall Covers 19 States And Canada

October 4, 2011 5:04 am

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California farm that issued a voluntary lettuce recall over listeria contamination concerns said its notice has gone out to 19 states and Canada. True Leaf Farms of Salinas initially announced a recall of 90 cartons of romaine lettuce shipped to an Oregon food service distributor, which shipped the produce to Washington and Idaho.

Photo Of The Day: A Rotten Situation

October 4, 2011 5:00 am

(AP) — Eric Jensen walks a field with rotting cantaloupes on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Eric and his brother Ryan own Jensen Farms that has been identified as the source of the national listeria outbreak that has killed more than a dozen people so far.

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Kraft Recalls Velveeta Shells & Cheese For Wire Bristles

October 3, 2011 5:06 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. is recalling three varieties of its Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwaveable cups because small, thin wire bristle pieces may be inside the cups. The recall includes 137,000 cases of the affected products shipped to customers across the U.

Crystal Sugar Union Seeks Meeting With Sugar Beet Growers

October 3, 2011 5:03 am

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Union officials representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have mailed letters asking for a meeting with members of the sugar beet cooperative that owns the company as the harvest begins. The union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

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