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Bel Brands Opening Cheese Plant In South Dakota

June 26, 2012 9:46 am

Chicago-based Bel Brands USA is holding a groundbreaking ceremony this week for a new cheese plant in Brookings.

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Hawaii Governor To Veto Kona Coffee Bill

June 26, 2012 9:45 am | by OSKAR GARCIA,Associated Press

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday he plans to veto a bill that would remove mandatory certification for Hawaii-grown coffee, a measure Kona coffee farmers said would be disastrous for the industry's integrity and reputation.

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Missouri Farmers Spotlight The Elderberry

June 26, 2012 9:44 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

Missouri farmer Terry Durham, who oversees one of the nation's largest commercial elderberry farms on 37 acres of Missouri River bottomlands, believes the crop has huge potential as Americans continue to tap into the medicinal properties of food.

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Local Butter Gains Big Recognition

June 26, 2012 9:41 am | by JIM HOOK, (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Butter from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg is spreading through five-star eateries in the Northeast. The local artisan butter was among 19 recommended by Culture, a national magazine about cheese and other foods.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $3 Billion In India

June 26, 2012 9:39 am

The Coca-Cola Co. plans to invest an additional $3 billion in India through 2020 as it looks to capitalize on the growing market.

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Photo Of The Day: Elevating The Elderberry

June 26, 2012 9:35 am

Folk healers have long used elderberries to concoct herbal remedies, but the federal government is now investing millions of dollars in studying their potential medicinal benefits.

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Python Cook-Off Held To Raise Awareness About Ecology

June 25, 2012 1:05 pm

Three local chefs participated Saturday night in a cook-off competition using the invasive species as key ingredients. The goal was to raise awareness about how the animals impact South Florida's ecology — and perhaps even generate an appetite for them.

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Kraft Looks To Upgrade Delaware Facility

June 25, 2012 1:03 pm

Kraft Foods Group is asking state officials for a grant of up to $456,000 for upgrades to its manufacturing facility in Dover.

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Report: AB InBev May Buy Mexican Beer Maker

June 25, 2012 1:02 pm

Shares of Constellation Brands Inc. jumped Monday following a report that Anheuser-Busch InBev NV may soon buy Mexican beer maker Grupo Modelo SA, with which Constellation has a joint venture.

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Calif. Rice Farmers Help Migratory Birds

June 25, 2012 12:59 pm | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

The hundreds of vast, flooded rice paddies that cover miles of interior northern California may seem like an unlikely safe haven for shorebirds, but changes occurring in the state's rice country may help improve the outlook for dozens of species in decline in recent decades.

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Dole Recalls Salad For Listeria

June 25, 2012 12:55 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,077 cases of bagged salads due to a possible risk from Listeria.

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Consumer Trends: Top Ice Cream Trends

June 25, 2012 12:50 pm

Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor, premium ice cream is the best-selling type of ice cream and frozen yogurt is resurging in popularity among Americans.

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Edy's Ice Cream To Expand In Indiana

June 25, 2012 9:56 am

Edy's Grand Ice Cream says it expects to spend $1.5 million on the project that will include new entrances, a renovated 2,000-square-foot cafeteria, men's and women's locker rooms, meeting rooms and office space.

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Wash. Faces Lawsuit On Liquor Privatization

June 25, 2012 9:54 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Supporters of an initiative that privatized liquor sales in Washington state have filed a lawsuit challenging the state's rules for implementing it, claiming that liquor regulators circumvented the measure by arbitrarily restricting wholesale distribution and pricing of wine and spirits.

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Japan Sells First Seafood Caught Since Nuclear Disaster

June 25, 2012 9:52 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA,AP Business Writer

Octopus and whelk, a kind of marine snail, were chosen for the initial shipments because testing for radioactive cesium consistently measured no detectable amounts, according to the Fukushima Prefectural fishing cooperative.

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American Crystal Workers Reject Proposed Contract

June 25, 2012 9:50 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

Locked-out union employees at American Crystal Sugar Co. rejected the company's contract proposal a third time Saturday in a nearly 11-month dispute that focuses on seniority and job security.

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Iowa Hog Farmer Gets 8 Years For Bank Fraud

June 25, 2012 9:49 am

An Iowa hog farmer who admitted defrauding a bank out of millions of dollars has been given eight years in a federal prison.

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Photo Of The Day: Fukushima Returns To Fish

June 25, 2012 9:47 am

The first fishing catch from Japan’s Fukushima coastline since last year’s nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but was limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.

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Tyson Partners With Program To Reduce Hunger In Miss.

June 22, 2012 12:59 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

The nonprofit National Urban League and meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. are starting a yearlong program to alleviate hunger for about 19,000 people in three Mississippi counties.

Growers In Flooded Areas Urged To Check Produce

June 22, 2012 12:57 pm

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says flood water can contain numerous contaminants, so growers and gardeners in flood-impacted areas are urged to carefully assess the status of their fruits and vegetables.

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