WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sharply questioned a lower court's decision that has prohibited biotech giant Monsanto Co. from selling genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, possibly paving the way for the company to distribute the seeds for the first time since 2007.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota continue to increase their milk output at rates that lead the nation. Milk production in Wisconsin rose to 2.24 billion pounds for March. That's a 6 percent increase over the volume it produced in March of last year. It was also the largest rate of increase in the U.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government wants to save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing spending on crop insurance after years of big profits by insurers, but the industry claims the reductions could hurt rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is negotiating a new deal with crop insurance companies, which posted profits of 26.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered a state takeover of property where Empresas Polar, the country's largest food producer, has warehouses and offices. A decree ordering the forced acquisition of the land was signed by Chavez on Tuesday, and is the final step before expropriating the property in the city of Barquisimeto.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anchor Brewing Co., the San Francisco beer company that helped spark the modern microbrewery movement, has been sold to two Bay Area entrepreneurs who are in the artisan beer and spirits business. Keith Greggor, 55, and Tony Foglio, 64, of the investment and consulting company The Griffin Group, announced their purchase Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — More than 1,000 tractors descended on the French capital Tuesday as farmers protested falling grain incomes and demanded government help — even appealing to the not-very-rural French first lady to intervene. "Carla, help us, we can't live on love and water," read a slogan printed on one of the vehicles, in a message for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former top model who went on to a singing career.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager who was convicted of financial fraud not only cheated a bank out of $26 million (€19.6 million), prosecutors claim, he also knowingly employed illegal immigrants. Sholom Rubashkin was never convicted of immigration violations and his attorneys dispute the allegations, but they still could be an issue at his sentencing hearing Wednesday on 86 financial fraud charges.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The maker of Budweiser beer is banking on this summer's World Cup soccer tournament to give some fizz to an otherwise stagnant global beer market. Carlos Brito, the chief executive of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA — the world's largest brewer and maker of Stella Artois, Bud Light and Budweiser— says the four-week-long soccer championship in June would be like "a second summer" in big beer-drinking markets in the southern hemisphere like Brazil and Argentina.
IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — It's now an established scientific fact: Smut is GOOD for you. Corn smut, that is. For years, scientists have assumed that huitlacoche (WEET-LA-KO-CHEE) — a gnarly, gray-black corn fungus long-savored in Mexico — had nutritional values similar to those of the corn on which it grew.
LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) — Biotech company Monsanto has agreed to pay $5 million toward the cost of cleaning up PCB contamination in Big Spring Creek near Lewistown. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks was seeking $10.5 million to clean up paint chips containing PCBs that washed out of the raceways at the state-owned Big Spring Creek fish hatchery.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — In the midst of what have been good years in agriculture this decade, the dairy business in North Dakota has nearly nose-dived. The number of dairy cows in the state is down 60 percent in the past 10 years alone, going from about 50,000 in 2000 to only 21,000 milking cows this month, falling 4,000 in just the past year, according to a U.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sixteen food companies plan to cut the amount of salt in bacon, flavored rice and dozens of other products as part of a national effort to reduce American's sodium consumption by 20 percent. Companies including H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods Inc. and Starbucks will commit to the voluntary National Salt Reduction Initiative, a public-private partnership initiated by New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Food flavoring company Senomyx Inc. has signed a preliminary agreement with Coca-Cola Co. to continue working with the soft drink maker to develop sweeteners. Senomyx said the agreement — called a term sheet — includes key commercial and financial terms to potentially continue and expand its research efforts to find new flavor ingredients with its sweet taste technology.
CINCINNATI and HANOVER, Pa. (PRNewswire) — Major U.S. snack foods manufacturer Snyder's of Hanover has developed the first certified, fully compostable outer retail package for multipack salted snacks. The packaging, a renewable, cornstarch-based plastic made with a blend of natural polymers and organic materials, was sourced and co-developed by xpedx®, one of the largest U.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The animal disease brucellosis is emerging in new "hot spots" around Yellowstone National Park, according to new research that could complicate efforts to control transmissions of the disease to cattle. Feeding grounds where food is left for elk as well as herds of bison inside the park have long been considered the main sources of brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to abort their young.
AMANA, Iowa (AP) — Carroll Zuber remembers the day a quarter-century ago when he found a man snooping around his new brewery. "Can I help you?" Zuber asked him. The stranger, it turned out, was the head brewer for Budweiser and he had made the trip up from St. Louis to check out the beer-making facility in Amana.
MONTMORENCI, Ind. (AP) — As more states move to ban restrictive livestock cages, the campaign to free egg-laying hens from cramped cages and shift them to pens animal rights advocates call more humane could be poised to unintentionally boost deaths among those birds. Researchers say decades of breeding to make the white leghorn hens that lay most of the nation's eggs more productive have also boosted the birds' territorial instincts, making them prone to pecking attacks so fierce they're often called "cannibalism.
April, 26, 2010 SPARKS, Md. (AP) — McCormick & Co. Inc. announced a reorganization of some of its management team on Friday. The spice company said Ken Stickevers, vice president and general manager of sales and marketing for the company's U.S. consumer products division, has been promoted to president of the division.
DALLAS (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc. will shutter an 87-year-old Ohio bakery later this summer and lay off the facility's roughly 100 workers. The company, which makes Wonder bread and various sweets, said it will shut the Akron plant by June 25 and consolidate its operations with another bakery in Northwood, Ohio — nearly 3 hours away.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than a half-century after his father invented instant noodles to feed Japan's war-ravaged masses, Koki Ando says it is time to change the high-calorie, salt-laden fast food into healthier fare for the fastidious. This week, Ando chaired a World Instant Noodles Summit that brought manufacturers together to focus on the food's future: less salt to lure health-conscious customers, better environmental standards and a bigger push for corporate responsibility by donating noodles to disaster victims.