CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Ken Bauman is a fourth-generation dairy farmer and his 13-year-old daughter, Renee, thinks she might be the fifth. Bauman's 10-year-old son, Randy, leans more toward crop production. Bauman Farms and the dairy arm, called Marwood-Ridge Registered Holsteins, milk about 60 cows, have a small beef operation and farm about 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho producers told members of the House Agriculture Committee during a hearing on the new federal farm bill that they need less government regulation and more money spent on agriculture research. The current $284 billion bill, approved in 2008, expires in September 2012, and members of the committee are holding a series of meetings around the country.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As a giant oil slick lapped at southeastern Louisiana's ecologically sensitive coast, chefs, restaurant owners and seafood dealers were certain it would squeeze the state's $2.4 billion seafood industry. They just weren't sure how badly or for how long. Federal officials shut down fishing for at least 10 days from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday because of the uncontrolled gusher spewing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — In India, even the gods are doing without. Food inflation that has been stuck in the double digits for a year has had a deep impact on school lunches, family meals and holy offerings. Anger with high prices erupted into protests this week that disrupted flights, trains and traffic.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has approved legislation that would restrict the use in the state of bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastic water bottles and other food containers. The bill phases out BPA in reusable food and beverage containers and in jars and cans that contain baby food and infant formula.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal government is conducting its first investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation's cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide.
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — Migrating birds and those along the shoreline, nesting pelicans and even river otters and mink along Louisiana's fragile islands and barrier marshes are the first in the path of a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was starting to ooze ashore. The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York-based beverage company finds itself in the middle of the controversy over an Arizona immigration law simply because it shares its name with the state. An initiative apparently started on the Internet asks people to boycott the AriZona Beverage Co. because of claims the law will unfairly target Hispanics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New proposals to raise taxes on Kansas businesses have surfaced, but a Senate committee wrestling with the state's budget problems doesn't appear likely to consider imposing a special tax on soda and sugary drinks. Members of the Ways and Means Committee already were mulling proposals to raise sales, tobacco, liquor and even individual income taxes for wealthy families.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors asked a federal judge on Thursday to sentence a former kosher slaughterhouse executive to 25 years in prison, less than the life sentence they have said they were entitled to request. Former Agriprocessors Inc. manager Sholom Rubashkin, who was convicted of 86 counts of financial fraud in November, gave a tearful, halting speech at the end of his sentencing hearing in U.
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish drinks maker C&C has sold its whiskey and other liquor brands to the family-owned Scottish distillers William Grant & Sons in a euro300 million ($399.75 million) deal, the two companies announced Friday. The sale, to be concluded by June 30, would give William Grant a stable of niche Irish brands including Tullamore Dew whiskey, Irish cream liqueur Carolan's and herb-and-honey liqueur Irish Mist.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sharply questioned a lower court's decision that has prohibited biotech giant Monsanto Co. from selling genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, possibly paving the way for the company to distribute the seeds for the first time since 2007.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota continue to increase their milk output at rates that lead the nation. Milk production in Wisconsin rose to 2.24 billion pounds for March. That's a 6 percent increase over the volume it produced in March of last year. It was also the largest rate of increase in the U.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government wants to save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing spending on crop insurance after years of big profits by insurers, but the industry claims the reductions could hurt rural areas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is negotiating a new deal with crop insurance companies, which posted profits of 26.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered a state takeover of property where Empresas Polar, the country's largest food producer, has warehouses and offices. A decree ordering the forced acquisition of the land was signed by Chavez on Tuesday, and is the final step before expropriating the property in the city of Barquisimeto.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anchor Brewing Co., the San Francisco beer company that helped spark the modern microbrewery movement, has been sold to two Bay Area entrepreneurs who are in the artisan beer and spirits business. Keith Greggor, 55, and Tony Foglio, 64, of the investment and consulting company The Griffin Group, announced their purchase Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — More than 1,000 tractors descended on the French capital Tuesday as farmers protested falling grain incomes and demanded government help — even appealing to the not-very-rural French first lady to intervene. "Carla, help us, we can't live on love and water," read a slogan printed on one of the vehicles, in a message for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, a former top model who went on to a singing career.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former kosher slaughterhouse manager who was convicted of financial fraud not only cheated a bank out of $26 million (€19.6 million), prosecutors claim, he also knowingly employed illegal immigrants. Sholom Rubashkin was never convicted of immigration violations and his attorneys dispute the allegations, but they still could be an issue at his sentencing hearing Wednesday on 86 financial fraud charges.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The maker of Budweiser beer is banking on this summer's World Cup soccer tournament to give some fizz to an otherwise stagnant global beer market. Carlos Brito, the chief executive of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA — the world's largest brewer and maker of Stella Artois, Bud Light and Budweiser— says the four-week-long soccer championship in June would be like "a second summer" in big beer-drinking markets in the southern hemisphere like Brazil and Argentina.