A Purdue University agricultural economist says America's role as the world's corn export king is on the decline. Purdue's Philip Abbott says that prior to a 2007-08 spike in commodity prices, the U.S. exported well over half of the corn that entered international markets.
Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting the conference in Portland beginning Tuesday.
Consumer Reports says it has found high rates of bacteria in its testing and analysis of pork chop and ground-pork samples from six U.S. cities. Especially high rates of yersinia, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, were found, with the bacterium being detected in 69 percent of the 198 pork samples tested.
The maker of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims says in court documents that it is facing a potentially crippling investigation into whether it falsely labeled meat products as being processed in compliance with Islamic law. Midamar Corp. says that investigators seized its bank account and records under search warrants executed at the Cedar Rapids firm last month.
Whether it's baking cookies for a neighborhood cookie share or a sweet treat to enjoy after wrapping gifts, the McCormick Kitchens are helping home bakers get "Cookie Inspired" by infusing seasonal signature favorites with inspirational new twists.
New Zealand is supporting Australia's attempt in an international court to stop Japan from whaling in the Southern Ocean. New Zealand wants to intervene in a lawsuit Australia brought against Japan two years ago in the International Court of Justice.
McDonald's Corp. was downgraded Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, who said that tough competition may hinder sales growth. Analyst Matthew DiFrisco, cutting McDonald's to "Neutral" from "Buy," said he expects that a key sales figure will shrink 1.8 percent in the last three months of 2012, with a slow start in 2013.
A taste for apples, a September 1978 issue of Popular Mechanics and a bumper crop of fruit combined to create what has become a tradition for two Brookings, S.D., families and their friends. Gregg Carlson, a professor in plant science at South Dakota State University, and his neighbor David Francis bought acreages next to one another northeast of Brookings more than 20 years ago.
U.S.-based ConAgra Foods has agreed to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $5 billion, which will make it North America's biggest manufacturer of cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under store labels. ConAgra Foods Inc. said the acquisition will strengthen its overall position in the North American packaged food business.
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority to halt operations at facilities that may be producing unsafe food. The agency on Monday suspended the registration of Sunland Inc., which is the country's largest organic peanut butter processor.
Slicing through the center of each apple is important, because worms sometimes enter the blossom end, leaving no telltale signs on the outside of the apple. The worm tracks and blemishes must be cut out of the apples before they can be turned into cider.
A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes.
Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this month at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.
A processing plant is moving Arkansas one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to commercially produce edamame, a popular food in Asia that's seeing increasing U.S. demand. Edamame — green soybean pods or seeds — are usually steamed or served cold as a side dish or in salads and soups.
Tajikistan says a Coca-Cola bottling company plans to invest $30 million on beginning production in this Central Asian nation. The country's investment committee said Friday an agreement was reached on a memorandum of understanding at a meeting this week.
The New Mexico peanut butter company that was shuttered after a salmonella outbreak is scheduled to resume peanut processing on Tuesday. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn says officials are eager to begin shelling and processing this year's crop, which is about 98 percent harvested.
The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.
One Milwaukee brewery is getting in on the Black Friday action. Lakefront Brewery created Black Friday Imperial India Style Black Ale and even trademarked the name. Brewery President Russ Klisch says there were 150 people lined up by 8 a.m., with one guy claiming he arrived just after bar time.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of an Edmonton meat-processing plant over concerns for food safety. The decision involving Capital Packers Inc. came Thursday. The CFIA says adequate controls for food safety "are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis."
The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.