ROME (AP) — The new head of the U.N. food agency says he expects food prices to stay volatile in 2012 — and more people to go hungry. Jose Graziano da Silva, Brazil's former food security minister, took over as director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization Jan.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Gulf of Maine shrimp fishing season could be a short one with the 2012 catch limited to a third of the 2011 harvest. Shrimp fishermen have been given a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds for the upcoming season, down from the 13 million pounds they caught last season.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With much of the Southwest struggling with drought, many ranchers and dairy farmers are having difficulty finding enough hay for their livestock and making tough choices: pay up to twice as much as last year and ship it in from hundreds of miles away or do without and sell off some of their herd.
CHICAGO (AP) — An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle killed when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked for permission to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Heads of iceberg lettuce are being removed from grocery store shelves in at least seven states after salmonella was found in an Arizona field adjacent to the grower's property. None of the lettuce in the markets has tested positive for salmonella but the grower alerted retailers of the test results and sought a withdrawal of the product "out of an abundance of caution.
(AP) — This undated photo provided by New Mexico State University shows research technician Christopher Pierce logging alfalfa harvest data while operating a forage plot harvester at an NMSU science center near Las Cruces, N.M. NMSU researchers are using genetic analysis with traditional plant breeding to develop alfalfa varieties that are more drought tolerant.
CHICAGO (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — As the holidays quickly approach, Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, urges everyone to help the millions of Americans who are currently struggling to feed their families. "We ask everyone to pause at this time of celebration and reflection to consider these facts about hunger in our nation," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America: 1 in 10 families enrolled in the Food Stamp Program is Latino.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the summer than previously thought because consumers spent less than the government had first estimated. But economists expect growth in the current October-December quarter to be stronger. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.
SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Popcorn Palace of Schiller Park, IL, is issuing this statement to alert people with allergies to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soy, and Wheat that some of our 1-Gallon Value Bags contain the undeclared ingredients. Bags were shipped with the ingredient and allergen information not applied directly to the immediate container and important allergen information may not have reached the end consumer.
2011: The year I officially became the last American to still eat gluten. Or did it just feel that way? Because though only a tiny fraction of Americans suffer sensitivities to this wheat protein, the multibillion dollar industry of foods, cookbooks and magazines touting their gluten-free cred this year would suggest an epidemic.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a thief who slipped away with $50,000 worth of margarine remains at large even though the truck that carried the payload has been recovered. The trailer was parked awaiting delivery to a Target Corp. warehouse in Cedar Falls when it was stolen Dec.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRNewswire) — New World Pasta Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the No Yolks® and Wacky Mac® dry pasta brands and certain assets from Strom Products Ltd. for $50 million. The transaction is expected to close by December 31, 2011.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Chinese national scientist to more than seven years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally sending trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany. Judge William Lawrence announced the sentence Wednesday for 46-year-old Kexue Huang, formerly of Carmel.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The CEO of Hormel Foods Corp. received a compensation package worth nearly $9 million for the 2011 fiscal year, equal to his 2010 pay package. Hormel, based in Austin, Minn., makes packaged foods such as Spam and Dinty Moore stew. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that Jeffrey M.
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A turkey processing company says it will build a new plant in southwestern Indiana that could have up to 600 workers in the next few years. Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. announced Thursday it planned on spending $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot processing plant on 100 acres near Vincennes.
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said. The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.
(PRNewsFoto) — Chobani CEO & Founder Hamdi Ulukaya (center) was joined by Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little, Twin Falls Mayor Don Hall, other local dignitaries and Chobani executives in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Chobani's newest factory on Monday, Dec.
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (Cornucopia Institute) — An industrial-scale organic dairy, located south of Phoenix in the desert Southwest, is poised to lose its USDA organic certification. The enforcement action at Shamrock Farms is the result of a USDA investigation into organic livestock management practices that was triggered by a formal complaint from The Cornucopia Institute.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City company is recalling 875 pounds of turkey filets that are mislabeled as center cut steaks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Monday by Chef's Requested Foods Inc. The product's label reads "Chef's Requested Center Cut Steak" and includes the establishment number "EST.
BUCKLEY, Ill. (AP) — An eastern Illinois hog farm has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines for spilling more than 200,000 gallons of manure in a creek and in the process killing tens of thousands of fish. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said in a new release Monday that the owners of R3E LLC will pay nearly $64,000 to the state Department of Natural Resources for the fish kill.