PALMER, Alaska (AP) — When Mike Henry began raising goats on his 5-acre (2-hectare) farm north of Anchorage, he found the milking tough going. His hands ached, and the milk wouldn't flow. He tied a piece of leather loosely around his doe's back legs to keep her from kicking, but she didn't like that at all.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a federal judge went too far when he banned the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa seeds after claims that the plants might harm the environment. In a 7-1 vote Monday, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that had prohibited Monsanto Co.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former vice president of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse will be sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $31 million restitution for his conviction on financial fraud charges, a federal judge said Monday. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade released the memorandum outlining the sentence she will hand down for Sholom Rubashkin during the former Agriprocessor's Inc.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators say they need more time to investigate Swiss biotechnology company Syngenta's $160 million (€129 million) bid for Monsanto's sunflower seed business, delaying its approval deadline until Oct. 26 The European Commission says the deal could cause antitrust concerns for sunflower seeds by knocking out one major market player.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Charges were dropped Tuesday against two Dutch women who had faced prosecution for allegedly taking part in an ambush marketing campaign at a World Cup match. They were among a group of more than 30 Dutch women who attended last week's Netherlands-Denmark game at Soccer City wearing orange minidresses paid for by brewing company Bavaria.
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Children's formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Monday it extended an agreement with Martek Biosciences to be a global supplier of ingredients in its children's formula. Martek Biosciences will continue to supply ingredients to Mead Johnson through 2015, a four-year extension to the earliest date the contract could have ended.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Want to drink in Chaos Theory? Or perhaps you'd care to give your palate an Educated Guess? We're talking wines, of course, specifically a new breed of quirkily named wines that aim to make you think while you drink. "I'm a big believer in the theater of the mind," says Jerry Prial, who decided to call his wine Debauchery to tickle the intellect as well as the palate.
ROME (AP) — Italian police confiscated some 70,000 balls of mozzarella in Turin after consumers noticed the milky-white cheese quickly developed a bluish tint when the package was opened, authorities said Saturday. Agriculture Minister Giancarlo Galan ordered ministry laboratories to investigate what he called a "disturbing" development.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch paintmaker Akzo Nobel NV said Monday it has agreed to sell its starches arm to U.S.-based Corn Products International for around $1.3 billion. Akzo Nobel acquired the starches business, which operates under the name National Starch, as part of its 2008 acquisition of British paintmaker ICI and did not consider it part of its core business.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When the weed killer Roundup was introduced in the 1970s, it proved it could kill nearly any plant while still being safer than many other herbicides, and it allowed farmers to give up harsher chemicals and reduce tilling that can contribute to erosion. But 24 years later, a few sturdy species of weed resistant to Roundup have evolved, forcing farmers to return to some of the less environmentally safe practices they abandoned decades ago.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. says it has agreed to buy a Chinese food company that makes soy sauces and fermented bean curd for $165 million. Monday's deal for Foodstar would give the U.S. ketchup maker a bigger foothold in China, boosting sales in that region by $300 million a year.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — One of the last citrus processing plants in the Phoenix metropolitan area is closing its Mesa facility after operating since the 1930s, and the future of the remaining groves is becoming more uncertain. The board of the Mesa Citrus Growers Association decided last month to close the plant as the number of citrus orchards has dwindled and crop prices haven't kept up with production costs.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Food maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. says it has agreed to acquire American Italian Pasta Co. for $1.2 billion and is buying two cracker makers. But the maker of Post cereals and store branded products also offered third-quarter guidance below expectations due to tough competition in the cereal category.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ConAgra Foods is recalling all Marie Callender's brand cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals after they have been possibly linked to a salmonella outbreak in 14 states. The company said it was recalling the meals after it was informed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a possible link between the meals and 29 illnesses.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France's Danone announced on Friday a deal to create the largest dairy in Russia and the former Soviet Union by merging its operations in the region with a Russian firm. Danone said that by combining its operations with Unimilk total sales in the former Soviet Union — including countries such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus — would reach euro1.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A small brewery in southern Indiana plans to start selling its beer around the state as a new facility will boost its production capacity by 1,000 percent. The Bloomington Brewing Co. has been selling its beer for 14 years at one restaurant: Lennie's, in Bloomington.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a suburban Philadelphia beef processor has agreed to pay $2 million in penalties and damages to settle allegations that it violated clean water laws leading to three fish kills in the Schuylkill River basin. Officials said Wednesday that the consent degree was reached with JBS Souderton, formerly Smithfield Beef Group, which operates the Montgomery County rendering plant.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's public-health laboratory will be a key player in the federal government's effort to find out whether oil is contaminating seafood in the Gulf of Mexico. The Arizona Department of Health Services lab is among four state facilities nationally that will team with four federal labs to measure the impact of the massive British Petroleum oil leak on the region's seafood.
STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Swiss chocolate maker Lindt has finished a big expansion of its New Hampshire factory with the addition of a cocoa-processing plant that's transforming beans into chocolate under one roof in the United States. It's a milestone for the U.S. headquarters of the company, which is based in Kilchberg, Switzerland.