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High Crop Prices Entice Farms to Expand Planting

May 21, 2013 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Across the Midwest, farmers are planting crops on almost any scrap of available land to take advantage of consistently high corn and soybean prices. Growers are knocking down old barns, tearing out fencerows and digging up land that had once been preserved for wildlife. Some are even suspected of tearing into pioneer cemeteries.

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Photo of the Day: Shelf Stable Freezer Bars

May 21, 2013 8:00 am

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced the launch of a new line of shelf stable sherbet flavored freezer bars which are rolling out at major national retailers this spring. Baskin-Robbins' Sherbet Flavored Freezer Bars are the first freezer bar treat from Baskin-Robbins that guests can conveniently purchase at participating supermarkets and drug stores nationwide.

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Portland Revisits Issue of Water Fluoridation

May 20, 2013 12:31 pm | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Both supporters and opponents of public fluoridation in Portland have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars ahead of a Tuesday ballot measure that has drawn heavy attention from the city's mainstream and alternative newspapers. Campaign signs have sprouted alongside roses on lawns across the city, as have reports of people stealing them.

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National Pork Board Addresses Pork Virus

May 20, 2013 12:19 pm

The USDA has confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been identified in the United States for the first time through testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. Producers will need to work with their herd veterinarian if any TGE-like symptoms appear and, as always, maintain strict biosecurity protocols.

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USA Today Ad Tells Dasani Bottler to "Take a Hike"

May 20, 2013 12:06 pm

Corporate Accountability International took out a quarter-page ad Monday in a special national parks supplement to USA Today, calling on Coca-Cola's bottled water brand Dasani to stop interfering in efforts by national parks to go bottled water free.

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan Unveiled

May 20, 2013 12:00 pm

The Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan aims to further improve Canada's food safety system by strengthening food safety rules, implementing more effective inspection and pledging a renewed commitment to service and more information for consumers.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Skeptical of 'Natural' Claims

May 20, 2013 12:00 pm

"Natural is clearly perceived by some brand managers as being a very important claim," says Phil Lempert editor in chief of The Food Journal. "However, consumer skepticism is growing as shoppers pay attention to the nutritional facts panel and the ingredients on the labels and often it's not so natural."

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Oklahoma Grocery Store Wine Proposal Being Renewed

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press

Supporters of a plan to permit some grocery stores in Oklahoma's most populous counties to sell wine plan to launch a new petition drive to put the proposal to a statewide vote.The plan will be resubmitted to voters this summer following a Supreme Court challenge.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Map Details Expansive Food Marketplace

May 20, 2013 10:40 am

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new, highly detailed map illustrating Americans' buying and consumption habits. Some hope the map can be used to better tailor nutritional guidelines and monitor public health as it related to processed food.

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Campbell Beats Expectations on Stronger Soup Sales

May 20, 2013 9:47 am

Campbell Soup reported third-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year as sales in its struggling soup unit improved. The Camden company has been trying to reinvigorate its namesake business with new flavors and packaging targeted at people in their 20s and 30s.

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New Food Map Will Tell Us What We Eat

May 20, 2013 8:14 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are trying to change that by creating a gargantuan map of what foods Americans are buying and eating. Part of the uniqueness of the database is its ability to sort one product into what it really is — thousands of brands and variations.

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Tons of New Zealand Meat Stranded on Chinese Docks

May 20, 2013 8:04 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute. China is New Zealand's largest export market and its largest consumer of sheep meat.

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Maker of 'Pink Slime' Continues to Struggle

May 20, 2013 8:02 am

The beef-processing company that makes the product that critics call "pink slime" continues to struggle more than a year after the initial stories on the lean bits of beef that Beef Products Inc. (BPI) makes. The company lost 80 percent of its business after the uproar over what BPI calls lean finely textured beef.

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Cider Company Sues Coffee Roaster Over 'Woodchuck'

May 20, 2013 8:00 am

Vermont Hard Cider Co. filed a complaint against Woodchuck Coffee Roasters in U.S. District Court last week seeking an unspecified financial award and an injunction preventing further trademark infringement over the woodchuck name, a colloquial term for a hardy Vermonter.

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Photo of the Day: 100 Years of Hellmann's

May 20, 2013 8:00 am

Hellman's turns 100 in 2013 and to celebrate the anniversary, owner Unilever Food is launching a marketing campaign including a Facebook page and YouTube videos featuring chef Mario Batali cooking up his favorite Hellman's recipes, a smartphone app and a June event featuring the world's largest picnic table.

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Deep Divide in Congress Over Domestic Food Aid

May 17, 2013 12:50 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink food aid and alter the way people qualify for it. The two chambers are far apart on how much the $80 billion-a-year program should be cut.

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Tougher Food-Safety Rules Ahead for Canadian Meat Processors

May 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by The Canadian Press

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the country's food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses. The agency will soon begin a two-year review of the country's food regulations to ensure they are in line with the Safe Food for Canadians Act passed last year.

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Puerto Rico Sees Lowest Coffee Production Ever

May 17, 2013 12:05 pm | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press

Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level ever in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once burgeoning industry amid a deep economic crisis. The U.S. territory has been forced to import coffee from countries including Mexico and the Dominican Republic to meet local demand.

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Beef Plant Courts Laid-Off Workers

May 17, 2013 12:02 pm

beef processing plant in the South Dakota city of Yankton is recruiting dozens of workers laid off from their jobs at the Northern Beef Packers plant. Representatives from the Cimpl's beef plant in Yankton conducted job interviews in Aberdeen on Tuesday and had more scheduled Wednesday.

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Buffet Backs Off Mondelez International

May 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

Warren Buffett's company sold off some of its stake in snack food maker Mondelez International Inc. on Wednesday. Berkshire Hathaway cut its Mondelez stake to 7 million shares from 12.8 million at the end of 2012. It also trimmed its Kraft Foods investment slightly to 1.6 million shares from 1.67 million shares.

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