Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015 forecast to be about $1 lower than last year, farmers this spring may end up planting more energy-intensive crops.
A new report from the Hop Growers of America shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.
For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached between officials for the U.S. and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties.
The Japanese yen has weakened over the past year to about 117 yen to the dollar compared with about 100 yen in early 2014. That raises the value of Japan's exports in yen terms. But it also pushes up costs for imports of fuel and food.
Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.
As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly.
Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain.
High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.
Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of drones showing farmers exactly where to spray, fewer chemicals could be used. This could easily translate to lower costs for consumers and less of an impact on the environment.
Campaign representative Chris Stock said the Ohio amendment will make marijuana legal for both medical and personal use for those over 21 years old, and set up checks and balances not unlike those that currently exist for alcoholic beverages.
Since the most recent recall, retailers have pulled Queseria Bendita products. While the cheese shop owners maintain that investigators have not found listeria in their cheese, but only in the Third Street facility — implying their products are safe — experts say the evidence is clear.
Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-o-Meal cereals.
U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz — who formed Three Happy Cows in 2010 — to five years in prison this month on a federal charge of arson and also ordered him to pay $1.5 million in restitution.
The number of complaints about foreign substances found in food bought at stores or served at restaurants in Japan has mounted to 16,094 in nearly six years since fiscal 2009, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said.
To assist U.S. regulators on decisions about the nation’s food system, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council issued a new report. The study focuses on assessing the health, environmental, social and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.
The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some call for a return to "simpler" practices. A new video examines the role of technology in raising animals and challenges the claim that a return to lower tech livestock production and processing would improve our food supply.
More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles ended up in Greensboro.
If labeling on food was easier for consumers to digest it might improve nutrition and curb the obesity epidemic, suggest two McGill University researchers. Two of the authors of the study compared four labeling systems.
The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. Author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour.
For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.