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FDA Plans Database To ID Foodborne Germs

July 13, 2012 9:47 am

The Food and Drug Administration plans to create a database of 100,000 foodborne germs in an effort to speed up the government's response to outbreaks of salmonella, E. coli and other food-related diseases.


Colorado Cantaloupes Return To Stores

July 13, 2012 9:45 am

Colorado cantaloupe growers are promoting new safeguards as Rocky Ford melons return to grocery stores a year after a deadly listeria outbreak killed 30 people nationwide.


Photo Of The Day: Weather Decimates Cherry Crop

July 13, 2012 9:43 am

Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay, Wis., only expects to harvest about 10 percent of a full crop this year after frost got the buds that developed early from a warm winter and spring.


Almonds Less Calorie-Laden Than Previously Thought

July 12, 2012 12:58 pm

A study conducted by USDA scientists provides a new understanding of almonds' calorie count, showing that whole almonds provide about 20 percent fewer calories than originally thought.


Asian Carp Doesn't Impress At Taste Of Chicago

July 12, 2012 12:56 pm

Chefs at the Taste of Chicago have turned an environmental pest into lunch. Festival visitors got a chance Wednesday to munch on free sliders made of Asian carp, the invasive species poised to invade the Great Lakes.


Climate Change May Result In Less Milk Production

July 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Scientists found that the decline in milk production due to climate change will vary across the U.S., since there are significant differences in humidity and how much the temperature swings between night and day across the country.


Hormel Downgraded On Corn Prices

July 12, 2012 12:51 pm

Higher corn prices are likely to hurt meat producer Hormel Foods Corp.'s upcoming results, an analyst said Thursday, and downgraded the stock to "Sell."


Oklahoma, Arkansas Fear Repeat Of 2011 Drought

July 12, 2012 12:50 pm | by JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS,Associated Press

As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.


Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Remains Steady

July 12, 2012 12:47 pm

A slow squeeze is likely to start reducing pressure on U.S. dairy producers through the rest of 2012, with a recovery gaining legs in early 2013.


Corn Prices Fall On Lowered USDA Forecast

July 12, 2012 9:55 am | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

The price of corn dropped nearly 2 percent after the government forecast a smaller harvest than had been previously anticipated and weaker demand for the grain.


Snack Dip Company To Break Ground On R&D Facility

July 12, 2012 9:54 am

Snack dip company Sabra is set to break ground on a new research and development facility in Chesterfield County, Va.


Asian Carp Pose Threat To Native Fish

July 12, 2012 9:52 am | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

Biologists fear a horror story may be taking shape underwater: a war for survival between the aggressive Asian carp newcomers and native species important to people who catch fish for a living or fun.


House Committee Approves Farm Bill

July 12, 2012 9:50 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year farm and nutrition bill that gives farmers new ways to protect themselves from bad weather and poor prices and slices about 2 percent off the $80 billion the government spends every year on food stamps.


Technology Helps Limit Corn Losses In Drought

July 12, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Corn production has been improving steadily for decades, the result of scientific advances going back to the introduction of the first commercial hybrid in 1923. Genetic engineering accelerated the process in recent years and allowed the development of some strains that borrow DNA from other species for pest resistance.


Photo Of The Day: Flying Fish

July 12, 2012 9:43 am

Researchers have been monitoring fish populations on the rivers for many years and now are looking for evidence that native species are being affected by the arrival of invasive Asian carp.


La. Farmers Plant More Soybeans

July 11, 2012 12:46 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Changing weather patterns appeared to be a factor as the wet early spring gave way to a drier pattern. So farmers are planting more soybeans and less rice than originally expected.


Study: Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss

July 11, 2012 12:45 pm

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.


South Korea May Abandon Whaling Plan

July 11, 2012 12:43 pm

South Korea says it may scrap research whaling plans that have been widely criticized. Fisheries official Kang Joon-suk said Wednesday that Seoul may drop the plans if it finds ways to study whales without killing them.


House Panel Begins Voting On Farm Bill

July 11, 2012 12:42 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee encountered an ideological rift Wednesday over the federal food stamp program as it began voting on a half-trillion-dollar farm policy and food assistance bill.


Some Corn Farmers Mow Fields As Drought Worsens

July 11, 2012 12:40 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Almost a third of the nation's corn crop is already showing signs of damage, and on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released yet another report predicting that farmers will get only a fraction of the corn anticipated last spring when they planted 96.4 million acres, the most since 1937.



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