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Scientist Gets 7-Plus Years For Selling Food Trade Secrets

December 22, 2011 4:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Chinese national scientist to more than seven years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally sending trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany. Judge William Lawrence announced the sentence Wednesday for 46-year-old Kexue Huang, formerly of Carmel.

Hormel's Earnings Rise 20 Percent In 2011

December 22, 2011 3:55 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The CEO of Hormel Foods Corp. received a compensation package worth nearly $9 million for the 2011 fiscal year, equal to his 2010 pay package. Hormel, based in Austin, Minn., makes packaged foods such as Spam and Dinty Moore stew. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that Jeffrey M.

Turkey Processor Plans 600-Worker Plant

December 22, 2011 3:52 am

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A turkey processing company says it will build a new plant in southwestern Indiana that could have up to 600 workers in the next few years. Huntingburg-based Farbest Foods Inc. announced Thursday it planned on spending $69 million to build a 220,000-square-foot processing plant on 100 acres near Vincennes.

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Wal-Mart Pulls Formula After Baby's Death

December 22, 2011 3:49 am

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said. The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.

Photo Of The Day: Chobani Breaks Ground In Idaho

December 22, 2011 3:46 am

(PRNewsFoto) — Chobani CEO & Founder Hamdi Ulukaya (center) was joined by Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little, Twin Falls Mayor Don Hall, other local dignitaries and Chobani executives in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Chobani's newest factory on Monday, Dec.

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Dairy To Lose Organic Certification

December 21, 2011 8:18 am

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (Cornucopia Institute) — An industrial-scale organic dairy, located south of Phoenix in the desert Southwest, is poised to lose its USDA organic certification.  The enforcement action at Shamrock Farms is the result of a USDA investigation into organic livestock management practices that was triggered by a formal complaint from The Cornucopia Institute.

Misbranded Meats Recalled

December 21, 2011 8:12 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City company is recalling 875 pounds of turkey filets that are mislabeled as center cut steaks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Monday by Chef's Requested Foods Inc. The product's label reads "Chef's Requested Center Cut Steak" and includes the establishment number "EST.

Hog Farm To Pay $81K For Manure Spill

December 21, 2011 8:10 am

BUCKLEY, Ill. (AP) — An eastern Illinois hog farm has agreed to pay more than $81,000 in fines for spilling more than 200,000 gallons of manure in a creek and in the process killing tens of thousands of fish. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said in a new release Monday that the owners of R3E LLC will pay nearly $64,000 to the state Department of Natural Resources for the fish kill.

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Obama Urges Congress To Extend Payroll Tax Cut

December 21, 2011 8:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to break a stalemate that is threatening 160 million workers with Jan. 1 tax increases, President Barack Obama urged the top leaders of Congress Wednesday to first pass a short-term extension while promising to work with lawmakers on a full-year measure. Obama's calls to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

White Castle Considers Alcohol Sales

December 21, 2011 8:04 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The White Castle hamburger chain is sipping on the idea of selling alcoholic beverages at its restaurants. The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out.

Thousands Of Pounds Of Coffee Cherries Stolen

December 21, 2011 3:55 am

PAHALA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police are investigating the theft of thousands of pounds of coffee cherries from trees in the Kau district. Police say that sometime between Dec. 9 and Dec. 11, trees on property off an old sugar cane haul road above Pahala were stripped of about 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of coffee cherries.

Delayed Beef Plant Given Permit Extension

December 21, 2011 3:52 am

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Aberdeen City Council has extended the building permit expiration date for a long-delayed beef packing plant. The Aberdeen American News reports that the date for Northern Beef Packers' permit has been extended from Dec. 31 of this year to the end of 2012 without additional fees.

Down Economy, Locavore Movement Spur Young Farmers

December 21, 2011 3:49 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas. While fresh demographic information on U.

Organic Food Plant Delayed

December 21, 2011 3:45 am

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A California organic food maker says its plans to open a plant in South Carolina and hire 700 workers have been put on hold. Amy's Kitchen says it has encountered unexpected problems renovating a former bakery along Interstate 85 in Greenville. The company says demand for its products are so great it needs more manufacturing capability now, so it is expanding some existing facilities instead.

Saudi Dairy Giant Spends $83M On Argentina Farms

December 21, 2011 3:43 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company said Wednesday it is buying Argentine farm operator Fondomonte S.A. for $83 million in a bid to secure access to animal feed. The acquisition will give Riyadh-based Almarai Co. control of roughly 30,000 acres of farmland in the South American nation.

Photo Of The Day: More Young People Pursue Farming

December 21, 2011 3:38 am

(AP) — In this photo made Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, Laura Frerichs, 31, is shown with husband Andy carrying infant son Eli on her organic farm outside of Hutchinson, Minn. Frerichs discovered her passion for farming about a year after she graduated from college with an anthropology degree and is among more people in their 20s and 30s going into farming.

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Sanderson Farms Posts $29.5M Loss

December 20, 2011 7:59 am

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Sanderson Farms Inc. said higher feed costs and lower demand from restaurants weighed on its bottom line as losses exceeded expectations in the most recent quarter. The chicken producer said Tuesday that it lost $29.5 million, or 97 cents per share, in its fiscal fourth quarter ended Oct.

Crab Report: Chesapeak Bay Not Overfished

December 20, 2011 7:57 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are not overfished, but fisheries managers should keep a close eye on this year's harvest because of a cold winter that cut the population. That's the assessment of the bay's blue crab stocks released Monday by federal officials.

Sara Lee Plans $3M Meat Plant Expansion

December 20, 2011 7:54 am

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has plans to build a $3 million expansion that will create 55 new jobs at its St. Joseph meat-processing plant. Mike Cummins, Sara Lee's spokesman, told The St. Joseph News Press that the company is starting a construction project in St.

ConAgra 2Q Income Beats Expectations

December 20, 2011 7:51 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Food maker ConAgra Foods on Tuesday reported fiscal second quarter net income fell 15 percent but results beat expectations as the company raised prices to offset continuing higher prices. ConAgra Foods Inc., like many food companies, is dealing with higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel and has raised its prices to offset those increases.

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