Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain proposed to borrow $7 million to take ownership of a failed sugar cane mill in southwestern Louisiana built with state dollars and now teetering on default of its debt payments. If the mill defaults on its debt, the bank would take over the property.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. has offered to buy Australian grain handler GrainCorp for about $2.77 billion. GrainCorp says it is considering the non-binding offer that values it at 11.75 Australian dollars ($12.13) per share, which comes to 2.68 billion Australian dollars.
School cafeteria kitchens in Washington serve about 500,000 lunches a day. Given that volume, you might expect school kitchens to rack up a fair number of health department violations. A review found only 521 citations in three years in Washington's 295 school districts, which includes more than 3,000 schools.
A recall of peanut butter products in the U.S. due to possible Salmonella contamination has now been expanded into Canada. The affected products by Sunland include PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch bars and PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch Box with a best before date of March 1 2013.
Small dairy farmers say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. While many farm programs have continued through the harvest season even though the farm bill expired Sept. 30, a program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices plummet has ended.
Truckloads of meat from the XL Foods processing plant in Brooks, Alta have begun arriving at a local landfill site for disposal. Landfill Manager Ray Juska of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority said the frozen meat stock is being run over by heavy equipment and then covered with soil to keep animals from getting at it.
Astronauts in space may soon enjoy freeze-dried salmon if a Kodiak researcher's project goes as planned.
POM Wonderful announced today that the wait is finally over; the pomegranate harvest has begun and POM Wonderful pomegranates are now in store. POM Wonderful is the largest grower of fresh pomegranates and producer of pomegranate juice in the United States.
After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited study last month that found several dairies and farms in the valley were the likely sources of nitrates contaminating private wells, public interest groups sent letters Thursday telling five big Yakima Valley farms that a lawsuit would be filed unless they stop contaminating groundwater with runoff from their operations.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his conservative Fidesz party are being accused of broken campaign promises, cronyism and shady deals in which friends, relatives and political supporters have snapped up valuable long-term agriculture leases on state lands, cutting out many small local farmers.
After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy. Coffee houses are still a relatively new trend in India, and the chains already in business sell cappuccinos and lattes well below Starbucks' usual prices.
Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, seeking to acquire GrainCorp, said Friday that it now owns nearly 15 percent of the Australian grain handler. Archer Daniels Midland Co. purchased a 10 percent stake in GrainCorp Ltd. Thursday night, adding to its existing 4.9 percent holding.
For apple farmers in producing states like New York and Michigan, this has been a forgettable year, with severe declines in production of as much as 90 percent. But it is amounting to a boon for Washington state growers, who are already in the midst of a near record harvest, and now looking forward to higher demand and prices for their produce.
Consumer attitudes toward modern food production technologies can be significantly improved by providing information from credible sources that helps consumers understand the broader social benefits of today’s systems, according to new research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI).
Employees of the newly inaugurated first India outlet of Starbucks work at a counter in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle-based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers.
The union and company taking over management of a troubled Alberta meat packer say they want to work together to make the XL Foods plant a success. JBS USA operates eight beef plants in the United States and all employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
Alan Hudson, who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue, is being sued by a New York-based environmental group. The group, the Waterkeeper Alliance, says Hudson's chicken-raising operation on his farm in Berlin polluted a nearby river. The group also sued Perdue, saying it should be responsible for the pollution because it owns Hudson's chickens and monitors their growth.
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drink company, on Thursday said its sales growth slowed to 11 percent in the first nine months of 2012 as demand eased both in developed economies and emerging markets, where high growth is starting to cool off.
Officials have told school lunch programs across the country to check to see whether they have any Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches that might contain peanut butter made by a New Mexico company that is being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination.
The country's largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after massive recall of scores of products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The recall has particularly affected peanut butter and nut products grown and processed in the flat, dusty eastern New Mexico town of Portales.