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Calif. Farmers Brace for Drought

February 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance. One-third of the Central Valley's jobs are related to farming.

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Mo. Co-Op Buys Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy

February 3, 2014 12:32 pm | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Oakhurst Dairy, the largest milk processor in northern New England, has been sold to a national dairy farmer-owned cooperative, allowing the family-owned business to continue to operate independently while providing opportunities for growth.

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Post Buys PowerBar, Musashi Brands from Nestle

February 3, 2014 12:27 pm

Post Holdings Inc. is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands from Nestle SA to expand into the active nutrition category. The PowerBar and Musashi brands make premium bars, powders and gels. Musashi is a leading sports nutrition brand in Australia.

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Thousands Protest Coke Plant Closures in Spain

February 3, 2014 12:25 pm

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers. Marchers gave away Pepsi cans and chanted "No to the closures."

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Eating Less Red Meat

February 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Despite health trends encouraging consumers to eat less red meat, and 90 percent of consumers eating some kind of red meat at least once a month, new research from Mintel reveals some 39 percent of beef and other red meat consumers ate less in 2013 than they did in 2012.

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Farm Bill Does Away with Direct Payments

February 3, 2014 10:02 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Farm subsidies that have guided agriculture through record profits in recent years are going away in the five-year farm bill that could become law in the coming week. But new subsidies in the legislation could be just as generous, and farmers aren't complaining.

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San Fran Officials Consider Tax on Sweetened Drinks

February 3, 2014 9:58 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press

San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities.

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Irwindale Spices Up Suit Against Sriracha Plant

February 3, 2014 9:56 am

A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells. Stephen Onstot, an attorney representing Irwindale, says the small industrial city will add a breach-of-contract claim to its existing nuisance suit against the Sriracha plant.

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FDA Proposes New Rules for Safe Transport of Foods

February 3, 2014 9:53 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported. The rules would require many larger companies that ship, hold and otherwise transport food by roads or rail to prevent contamination as the food is moved.

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Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager Gets 41-Month Prison Sentence

February 3, 2014 9:50 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

A former manager at an Iowa slaughterhouse will spend 30 more months in prison for harboring and financially exploiting immigrant workers who were in the U.S. illegally. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade gave former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Hosam Amara a 41-month prison term.

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Photo of the Day: Beer Delivered by Drone

February 3, 2014 9:45 am

Lakemaid president Jack Supple said he thought Amazon's package delivery plan would better be applied on a wide open frozen lake where ice anglers are manning their fishing holes in tiny shanties, but the Federal Aviation Administration heard him talking about his plans on the radio and grounded future deliveries.

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Craft Brewer’s Drone Delivery Plans Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press

Lakemaid Beer recently tested its drone delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs. The craft brewer says it still has hopes of one day using the drones to deliver its beer to ice fishers, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials.

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Anheuser-Busch Picks Soldier, Hometown to Star in Super Bowl Ad

January 31, 2014 12:24 pm | by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch flew Lt. Chuck Nadd to his hometown on the company's private jet and threw a surprise parade, around which the brewer has fashioned an ad. It will run during Sunday's Super Bowl, and Nadd says he hopes it gets people talking about honoring returning soldiers.

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Tyson Foods 1Q Net Income Rises 47 Percent

January 31, 2014 12:17 pm

Tyson Foods said its net income climbed 47 percent in its fiscal first quarter as meat sales improved and costs fell for its chicken business. The largest U.S. meat company said revenue from its pork, chicken, beef and prepared products divisions all improved.

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Mo. Company Recalls Chicken Salad

January 31, 2014 12:15 pm

A North Kansas City company is recalling about 2,200 pounds of chicken salads whose labels failed to include soy protein concentrate, which is an allergen. The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from the salads made by Walker's Food Products Inc.

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NY Reclaims No. 3 Ranking in Milk Production

January 31, 2014 12:13 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that New York passed Idaho in 2013 to become the nation's third largest producer of milk, trailing California and Wisconsin. New York topped Idaho by 57 million pounds of milk last year.

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Tenn. Senate Passes Supermarket Wine Bill

January 31, 2014 12:11 pm

Tennessee voters would decide whether their cities or counties allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores under a bill passed by the state Senate. The measure was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.

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Denver Mayor Sparks Super Bowl Chile Battle

January 31, 2014 12:09 pm

If the Seahawks win Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them is a sampling of Denver's "amazing green chile." The wager has fired up New Mexicans, resulting in a flurry of social media posts on New Mexico's long history with the hot peppers.

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Consumer Trends: Americans to Eat 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl

January 31, 2014 12:00 pm

According to the National Chicken Council's 2014 Wing Report, 1.25 billion wings will be devoured during Super Bowl XLVIII, as fans watch the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle for the Lombardi Trophy, matching the record level of 2012.

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New Treatment May Reduce Peanut Allergies in Kids

January 31, 2014 10:21 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts. Peanut allergies are on the rise globally and affect about 1 in 50 children, mostly in high-income countries.

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