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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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Move Over Farmers' Markets: Food Hubs Linking Consumers with Locally Farmed Food

December 29, 2014 9:26 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. The number of food hubs has doubled over the last six years, and many are in urban areas, with the Northeast leading the way.

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Firm Recalls Caramel Apples Amid Fears of Listeria Linked to Death or Illnesses in 10 States

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press

A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at least 29 illnesses in 10 states have been linked to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria.

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Seed Libraries Struggle with State Laws Limiting Exchanges

December 29, 2014 9:19 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice.

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Farmers Brace for Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:13 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

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Grant Seeks to Expand Indoor Farming in Connecticut

December 29, 2014 9:12 am | by PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

A New Haven-based technology company, Agrivolution LLC, has received a $73,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with Connecticut farmers and determine the feasibility of year-round, indoor production.    

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Poultry Producers Brace for Bird Flu Fallout

December 29, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Commercial poultry producers say they're concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers.        

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China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others, state media reported.

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Virginia Agriculture Grants Sprout Jobs, Development

December 29, 2014 8:45 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Projects that have received funding range from dairy operations, a hydroponic tomato growing operation, a packaged foods facility, a poultry processor and a commercial-scale production and processing facility for hops — an important ingredient in brewing beer.

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Update: Keurig Recalling 7 Million Coffee Makers Due to Burn Risk

December 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The recall is for Keurig's Mini Plus brewers that were made between 2009 and 2014. Keurig received about 200 reports of hot liquid spraying from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries.       

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Report: Global Beef Supplies Remain Tight Amid Robust Consumer Demand in Q4

December 24, 2014 8:35 am | by Rabobank

Rabobank says that despite tight global cattle and beef supplies, prices tempered from their Q3 highs. The U.S. remains the major global driver, with import demand affecting prices and volumes for other countries.      

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DC Farm Site is Ecological Disaster

December 24, 2014 8:30 am | by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

In May 2013, the mayor of the nation's capital announced that the city would partner with a produce supplier to build what the company called "the most productive urban farm in the world." But no one bothered to inspect the site.    

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Kessler International Warns Consumers of the Dangers of Buying Food from Online Retailers

December 24, 2014 8:25 am | by Kessler International

An eight-month investigation by Kessler of counterfeit food products disclosed that some online retailers were selling counterfeit food products. These products included dairy and fish products, condiments, alcoholic spirits, and spices.  

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Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recalled for Potential Contamination

December 24, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream says it is voluntarily recalling nearly a year's worth of ice cream and related products because of possible listeria contamination.The recall covers products made from Jan. 1 until Dec. 15.     

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Chugging Eggnog Sends Utah Man to Hospital

December 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A Utah man says he's fully recovered after he was hospitalized for chugging a quart of eggnog so quickly that he inhaled some of creamy holiday beverage into his lungs during an alcohol-free eggnog chugging contest at a holiday office party earlier this month.

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Atlanta’s Diaz Foods Acquires Cuban-American-Owned La Cena Fine Foods

December 24, 2014 7:55 am | by The DAK Group

Diaz will introduce La Cena into its existing 24-state distribution network. Simultaneously, Diaz will introduce 5,000 product offerings throughout the northeast.              

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Good Source Solutions Announces Acquisition of Dori Foods

December 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Good Source Solutions

Good Source Solutions, a national specialty foodservice distributor, has acquired Dori Foods, a member of Frosty Acres Brands. The combined companies create a strong national distribution platform, offering greater value and product selection for existing and new customers.

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FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores.

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Coming Soon to the US: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, with the embargo still in place, the rum won't be flooding bars or the market.   

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Thai Farm Workers May Not Get Any of $8.7M Award

December 23, 2014 8:10 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that a California-based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money.    

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Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger for Holiday Hangover Relief

December 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Red Robin

The Cure Burger – a fire-grilled gourmet patty topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun and served with Bottomless Steak Fries – is just what the doctor ordered.    

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