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Seattle Group Plans Harvestable 'Food Forest'

March 8, 2012 9:52 am | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press

A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the country's largest "food forests."

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Taco Bell Unveils Doritos Taco Shell

March 8, 2012 9:50 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

The Mexican-style chain plans to roll out Doritos Locos Tacos at midnight on Wednesday at its nearly 5,600 restaurants nationwide. The fast-food chain, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., calls the tacos that use shells made out of Nacho Cheese Doritos the biggest product launch in its 50-year history. It plans to introduce a Doritos Cool Ranch taco shell this fall.

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FDA Says Recalled Shrimp Is Safe To Eat

March 8, 2012 9:42 am

The recent death of a South Bend man after he ate shrimp containing bacteria was a "rare and isolated incident" and there is no ongoing threat to the public, a northern Indiana health official said.

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Photo Of The Day: Food Forest

March 8, 2012 9:40 am

Organizers in Seattle plan to create a "food forest" which will offer city dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the branch.

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Miss. County Sells Land For Peanut Plant

March 7, 2012 12:58 pm

Leflore County has agreed to sell 30 acres in the Industrial Park at $5,000 per acre to the peanut processor Clint Williams Co.

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ConAgra Completes Acquisition Of Del Monte Canada

March 7, 2012 12:56 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it completed the acquisition of Del Monte Canada from Sun Capital Partners.

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Warm Winter Could Mean More Farm Pests

March 7, 2012 12:53 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze have not.

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Man's Death May Be Linked To Recalled Shrimp

March 7, 2012 12:49 pm

Northern Indiana health officials are investigating whether a South Bend man's recent death may be linked to recalled shrimp.

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$10M Tyson Verdict Overturned

March 7, 2012 12:47 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed a $10 million jury verdict against Tyson Foods Inc., granting the company's request for a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct and a mistake on interpreting the law.

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Consumer Trends: School Breakfast Trends

March 7, 2012 12:45 pm

The got breakfast? Foundation recently completed its 2012 survey of food service directors to assess current trends in School Breakfast Programs.  One key finding: Breakfast sites have expanded beyond the cafeteria to alternate sites with the biggest gains reported in kiosk locations and breakfast in the classroom.

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World Championship Highlights Art Of Cheese Making

March 7, 2012 10:01 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Watching 40 judges in white lab coats nibble on cheese and then spit the samples into garbage cans might not sound like an elegant evening to most people, but hundreds of cheese lovers have paid $25 each for a close-up view of Wednesday's World Championship Cheese Contest finals.

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Taiwanese Protest U.S. Beef Imports

March 7, 2012 9:57 am

Scores of Taiwanese protested Wednesday against a government plan to allow the import of U.S. beef containing a growth additive.

Md. Senator Wants Law Clinic To Support Farmers

March 7, 2012 9:56 am | by SARAH BREITENBACH,Associated Press

A Maryland legislator wants to transfer funding from an embattled University of Maryland environmental law clinic to create a similar program for farmers as retribution for the clinic's attempt to sue a chicken farm over water pollution.

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Migrant Workers Sue Sauerkraut Company Over Wages

March 7, 2012 9:52 am

A group of migrant workers is suing a Wisconsin sauerkraut company alleging laborers weren't paid enough.

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FDA Warns Inhalable Caffeine Maker

March 7, 2012 9:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Food and Drug Administration officials have issued a warning letter to the makers of the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot, saying they have questions about its safety and concerns about how children and adolescents may use it.

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Photo Of The Day: World Cheese Championship

March 7, 2012 9:46 am

More than 2,500 entries will be judged throughout the three-day World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis., sponsored every two years by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

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Wisconsin Dairy Has Record-Setting Year

March 6, 2012 12:48 pm

The state's dairy industry harvested 26.1 billion pounds of milk last year. That's only an increase of less than 1 percent over 2010 production, but it's still good enough to set a state record.

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Colo. Governor To Sign 'Cottage Foods' Bill

March 6, 2012 12:47 pm

A "cottage foods" measure to allow home cooks to sell prepared foods commercially is headed to the desk of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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Cupcake ATM Dangerous For Dieters

March 6, 2012 12:44 pm | by RAQUEL MARIA DILLON,Associated Press

Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, will launch a cupcake dispensing machine at its flagship store. Founder and owner Candace Nelson said her company is rolling out the first high-tech vending machine on Tuesday, with three more in the works for New York City by the summer.

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Mass. Overhauls Manufacturing Regulations

March 6, 2012 12:40 pm | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

In the case of food manufacturing, 10 separate regulations will be rolled into one.

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