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Oklahoma, Arkansas Fear Repeat Of 2011 Drought

July 12, 2012 12:50 pm | by JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS,Associated Press

As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.


Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Remains Steady

July 12, 2012 12:47 pm

A slow squeeze is likely to start reducing pressure on U.S. dairy producers through the rest of 2012, with a recovery gaining legs in early 2013.


Corn Prices Fall On Lowered USDA Forecast

July 12, 2012 9:55 am | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

The price of corn dropped nearly 2 percent after the government forecast a smaller harvest than had been previously anticipated and weaker demand for the grain.


Snack Dip Company To Break Ground On R&D Facility

July 12, 2012 9:54 am

Snack dip company Sabra is set to break ground on a new research and development facility in Chesterfield County, Va.


Asian Carp Pose Threat To Native Fish

July 12, 2012 9:52 am | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

Biologists fear a horror story may be taking shape underwater: a war for survival between the aggressive Asian carp newcomers and native species important to people who catch fish for a living or fun.


House Committee Approves Farm Bill

July 12, 2012 9:50 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee has approved a five-year farm and nutrition bill that gives farmers new ways to protect themselves from bad weather and poor prices and slices about 2 percent off the $80 billion the government spends every year on food stamps.


Technology Helps Limit Corn Losses In Drought

July 12, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Corn production has been improving steadily for decades, the result of scientific advances going back to the introduction of the first commercial hybrid in 1923. Genetic engineering accelerated the process in recent years and allowed the development of some strains that borrow DNA from other species for pest resistance.


Photo Of The Day: Flying Fish

July 12, 2012 9:43 am

Researchers have been monitoring fish populations on the rivers for many years and now are looking for evidence that native species are being affected by the arrival of invasive Asian carp.


La. Farmers Plant More Soybeans

July 11, 2012 12:46 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Changing weather patterns appeared to be a factor as the wet early spring gave way to a drier pattern. So farmers are planting more soybeans and less rice than originally expected.


Study: Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss

July 11, 2012 12:45 pm

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.


South Korea May Abandon Whaling Plan

July 11, 2012 12:43 pm

South Korea says it may scrap research whaling plans that have been widely criticized. Fisheries official Kang Joon-suk said Wednesday that Seoul may drop the plans if it finds ways to study whales without killing them.


House Panel Begins Voting On Farm Bill

July 11, 2012 12:42 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee encountered an ideological rift Wednesday over the federal food stamp program as it began voting on a half-trillion-dollar farm policy and food assistance bill.


Some Corn Farmers Mow Fields As Drought Worsens

July 11, 2012 12:40 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Almost a third of the nation's corn crop is already showing signs of damage, and on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released yet another report predicting that farmers will get only a fraction of the corn anticipated last spring when they planted 96.4 million acres, the most since 1937.


Consumer Trends: Packaging And Promotion Lead To Healthier Choices

July 11, 2012 12:36 pm

Combining in-store promotion with nutrition labels on the front of food packaging can be a successful method for driving shoppers to make healthier choices, according to a panel discussion during a symposium at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo.


General Mills To Bring 50 Haagen-Dazs Shops To China

July 11, 2012 9:57 am

General Mills Inc. plans to open another 50 Haagen-Dazs ice cream shops in China over the next year, bringing its total in the country to 255.


Non-Profit Sues Tortilla Maker Over Patents

July 11, 2012 9:55 am

A company affiliated with the University of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit alleging a Mexican tortilla maker is infringing on a patent two university researchers received in 2002.


Wis. Town Barred From Beefing Up Water Rules

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a rural town does not have the authority to impose tougher water quality standards on a livestock farm than the state requires.


Mead Johnson Gets Apology For False Formula Reports

July 11, 2012 9:48 am

Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. rebounded in premarket trading Wednesday after a Chinese agency conceded that invalid testing led to erroneous reports that vanillin had been found in baby formula from companies including Mead Johnson.


Fishing Vessel Leaks Ammonia

July 11, 2012 9:47 am | by RACHEL D'ORO,Associated Press

Three people were treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska's Dutch Harbor, responders said Sunday.


Photo Of The Day: Wisconsin Water Wars

July 11, 2012 9:44 am

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court is set to rule Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a closely watched case that pits Larson Acres Inc. against a small town that blames its water-pollution problems on manure generated by Mike Larson’s 2,900 cows. The case is the first to test a 2004 state law governing the expansion of livestock farm operations.



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