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Minn. Apple Crop Mostly Survives Recent Cold Blast

May 17, 2012 1:06 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The sudden cold snap that interrupted Minnesota's warm spring five weeks ago doesn't appear to have been as big a disaster for the state's apple crop as first feared, but it still has left some growers hurting and worried.


University Develops Even Heart-Healthier Oat

May 17, 2012 1:04 pm

University of Wisconsin-Madison plant breeders have developed a new oat variety that’s significantly higher in the compound that makes this grain so cardio-friendly.

Animal Welfare Group Accuses USDA Of Humane Conspiracy

May 17, 2012 1:01 pm

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products as "humanely raised" when in fact they come from animals suffering on conventional, industrial farming operations.


Boy Finds Finger Piece In Arby's Sandwich

May 17, 2012 12:56 pm

A Michigan teen made a gristly discovery after biting into an Arby's junior roast beef sandwich. Ryan Hart said he had nearly polished off his sandwich last Friday when he bit into something tough to chew that tasted like rubber, so he spit it out. Turns out it tasted like finger. The fleshy pad of an unfortunate employee's finger, apparently.


Consumer Trends: Food Prices Keep Women From Eating Healthy

May 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Women find many excuses not to eat healthy and many feel bad about it, but according to a new national poll in the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, the cost of healthful foods is the top deterrent that keeps 57 percent of women from doing so.


YouTube Launching Food Channel

May 17, 2012 9:56 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Bruce Seidel is confident the future of food television won't be seen on television. Which is why the Food Network and Cooking Channel veteran has checked out of network TV to oversee the launch of YouTube's latest original content channel, HUNGRY. The channel, which goes live on July 2, is expected to feature a freewheeling blend of how-to and celebrity-driven food videos.


Smucker’s Teamsters Threaten Strike

May 17, 2012 9:54 am

More than 270 Teamsters who work at the J.M. Smucker Company announced today that they may strike the Orrville, Ohio jelly maker. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 436 in Cleveland, have been trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for months, but Smucker's is insisting on eliminating senior workers' rights, which the company claims is necessary to operate their new plant.


USDA: Healthy Eating Can Cost Less

May 17, 2012 9:51 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie — as some previous researchers have done — then higher-calorie pastries and processed snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables. But comparing the cost of foods by weight or portion size shows that grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are less expensive than most meats or foods high in saturated fat, added sugars or salt.


Study Links Coffee To Longer Life

May 17, 2012 9:49 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn't matter.


DeCoster, Aides Could Face Criminal Charges Over 2010 Outbreak

May 17, 2012 9:46 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

Lawyers representing a disgraced egg industry magnate, his son and one of their company's financial officers say their clients are potential targets of a criminal investigation into the 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of Americans and led to a massive recall of their products. In recent documents filed in a civil case in California, defense lawyers for Austin "Jack" DeCoster, son Peter DeCoster and Quality Egg Chief Financial Officer Patsy Larson say a federal grand jury has been meeting in Iowa to determine whether fraud or other crimes were committed in the production and testing of eggs.


Photo Of The Day: Healthy Eating On The Cheap

May 17, 2012 9:43 am

An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception among some consumers that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal.


Conn. Governor Signs Bill Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales

May 16, 2012 1:08 pm

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill that allows retail alcohol sales on Sundays and some holidays.


Poultry Group: Being Proactive Can Impact Reform

May 16, 2012 1:06 pm

“Don’t believe that someone else is going to take care of the problem. Make sure you are involved,” remarked Jack Kelly, director of government affairs for Perdue Farms, who presented at USPOULTRY’s 2012 Human Resource Management Seminar.


USDA Marks 150th Anniversary

May 16, 2012 1:03 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today visited Pennsylvania State University to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant university system to highlight the groundbreaking research, education, and innovation taking place at these storied institutions.


U.N.: High Blood Pressure And Glucose A Global Problem

May 16, 2012 12:57 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Officials in charge of compiling the yearly snapshot of statistics from 194 nations for the U.N. health agency say rich nations have exported some of their disease risk factors to the developing world. They say the spread of smoking and a taste for fast, processed and salty foods is also hitting populations that are living longer.


Chobani Truck Crashes, Spills Tons Of Yogurt

May 16, 2012 12:55 pm

A truck hauling 36,000 pounds of Chobani yogurt was traveling west on Interstate 88 when it crashed on a curve and overturned late Monday night in Chenango, N.Y., just north of Binghamton.


Consumer Trends: Which Restaurants Win With Millennials?

May 16, 2012 12:51 pm

Millennials (ages 19-34) have a distinct perspective on dining occasions, placing more value on attributes like social responsibility, sustainability, local and organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free offerings. They foster emotional connections to brands and their loyalty stems beyond experience.


Ala. Beer Lovers Await Action On Home Brewing Bills

May 16, 2012 10:03 am | by ANDY BROWNFIELD,Associated Press

Alabama beer lovers are pleased that the state Legislature passed a measure to allow beer to be sold in larger containers, but they're still awaiting the fate of a measure to legalize home brewing.


Peapod Transforms Chicago Tunnel Into Virtual Grocery

May 16, 2012 10:00 am

While many a grocery list has been scribbled during a train commute, now, for Chicago's more than one million weekly train passengers, groceries can be scanned, ordered and scheduled for home or office delivery, all via smartphones, faster than you can say "All aboard!"


'Smarty Plants' Could Improve Crop Resilience

May 16, 2012 9:57 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

No one's talking about giving intelligence tests, but researchers say they've shown that plants have smarts — the sort needed to help them survive dry times. Years from now the findings could lead to crops that are better able to withstand drought conditions. Already, studies on two crops have shown they too have short-term memory for surviving dry times, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Michael Fromm's said.



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