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Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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US Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

December 22, 2014 10:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

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Senator Says Obama Can Ease Regulations on Wheat Exports to Cuba

December 22, 2014 10:30 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Republican senator Jerry Moran urged the Treasury Department to immediately rewrite cumbersome regulations that have made it difficult to sell wheat and other farm commodities to Cuba — saying the agency can take that step even before Congress grapples with whether to entirely lift the U.S. trade embargo.

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Longtime Va. Spice Firm, Other Companies Turn to Exports

December 22, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

C.F. Sauer is one of more than 200 companies that have participated in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program, which teaches state businesses how to export their products and services overseas through technical training, market research and trade missions.

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The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by GE Reports

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming.  

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Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are leasing part of their property for hunting or selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. Some are even taking side jobs to make ends meet.

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Maple Leaf Foods to Close Winnipeg Plant Permanently on Last Day of 2014

December 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The company's plant on Panet Road in Winnipeg will be the sixth closure under a multi-year reorganization of the Toronto-based food giant's operations. The remaining two of eight previously announced closures, in Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto, will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

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Another Big Catch for Thai Company in $1.5B Bid for Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

Thai Union Frozen Products, which already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major seller of tuna and other seafoods, has now hooked the largest canned seafood company in North America. The deal must still be approved by U.S. regulators.  

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Natural Grocers Dropping Noosa Under Dairy Rules

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

In the spring, Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass.            

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Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Reily Foods

Reily Foods Co. announced it is recalling certain Carroll Shelby brand and Wick Fowler brand chili seasoning kits after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third-party supplier contain peanut and almond allergens that are not declared on the products' ingredient statements.

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US Agriculture has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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NLRB Alleges That McDonald's Corp. Violates Worker Rights

December 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The board's chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

US Farmers Produce Bountiful Crop of Dry Beans

December 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

This year's crop of beans such as kidneys, navies, garbanzos and pintos totaled nearly 28.7 million hundredweight, up 17 percent from 2013, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop.

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Hellmann's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 11:15 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and TALI ARBEL, Associated Press

Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and regulatory authorities.

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Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, in partnership with 3D Systems, this week announced the December 19 debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. The 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction is the most advanced model in operation today.

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Aging Farmer Population Threatens U.S. Food Supply

December 19, 2014 10:00 am | by The Lempert Report

As the farmer population continues to age, young farmers face land availability and start-up costs as obstacles in becoming the next generation of farmers.               

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Meat Processing Facility to Open in Virginia

December 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press

Seven Hills Food, LLC will invest $3 million and commit to purchasing Virginia-grown beef and pork. Once finished, the facility will be one of the largest beef and pork processing operations in Virginia.       

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Minnesota Links Caramel Apples, 2 Listeria Deaths

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press

Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria.              

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Set for $150 Million Expansion

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.

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Plea Hearing Set for Ex-Manager in Halal Food Case

December 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices.           

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