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Kansas Cropland Values Down This Year Amid Low Grain Prices

October 7, 2015 9:10 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Low grain prices are driving down Kansas cropland values this year, while high prices for cattle are pushing up the value of pastures.


City to Eateries: Use Paper Plates in California Drought

October 7, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

A California city has ordered restaurants to cut back on dishwashing by using disposable plates, cutlery and cups as a way to save water during the fourth year of drought in the state.

Sugar Buns Being Recalled Over Milk Powder

October 7, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

A Brooklyn bakery is recalling about 100 sugar buns after realizing the baked treats contained milk.


Bulk Bag Conditioning System

October 7, 2015 7:45 am | by Food Manufacturing

Conditioning and emptying bulk bags with agglomerated material can be dangerous if the proper equipment is not utilized. Unit addresses concerns related to the commonly practiced "forklift conditioning method" such as bag breakage, plant structural damage, forklift damage, or injury to plant personnel.

Obama Begins Selling Trade Agreement to Congress, Public

October 6, 2015 4:23 pm | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

Obama met with business and agricultural leaders at the Department of Agriculture. The site of the meeting reflects the urgency that farm groups have attached to the deal to remove tariffs and other trade barriers that would increase exports ranging from meat and poultry to grains and cotton.


Report: SABMiller Rejects AB InBev Takeover Offer

October 6, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A proposed merger between the world's two leading beer companies appears to be dead — for the time being.


Pumpkins Available for Halloween but Maybe Not Thanksgiving

October 6, 2015 1:58 pm | by Associated Press

There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country's top pumpkin-producing state.


PepsiCo Boosted by Smaller Chip Bags, Non-Soda Drinks

October 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday that snack volume in North America rose by 0.5 percent for the third quarter, while pricing pushed up sales for the division by 2 percent. The maker of Frito-Lay chips has been increasing options on sizes, offering Lay's potato chips in a bag that is two ounces smaller than the traditional 10-ounce bag.


Maryland Cheese Plant Set to Reopen

October 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Associated Press

The Herald-Mail reports that Hagerstown-based Lanco Dairy Farms has taken over the plant outside Hancock and will reopen it. The plant closed in June 2014.


New 'Natural' Definition Will Go Beyond Organic Standards

October 6, 2015 1:15 pm | by Organic and Natural Health Association

Organic & Natural Health Association has released results of a consumer research study conducted as a first step in their initiative to set the standard for the term “natural.” The online research study was conducted by Natural Marketing Institute and found that 1 in 3 consumers do not make a quality distinction between the terms “natural” and “organic” and/or government regulation for products with such labels.

General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes on Allergy Risk

October 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.


Report: Guyana Sugar Corporation Bankrupt; Future Uncertain

October 6, 2015 9:45 am | by BERT WILKINSON, Associated Press

Guyana's state-owned sugar corporation faces an uncertain future after a report found that the South American country's single largest employer is bankrupt, officials said Monday. A government-appointed inquiry commission found that the company is nearly half a billion dollars in debt and faces other challenges.


University of Connecticut Serving up Crickets at Food Truck

October 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

A food truck at the University of Connecticut is serving up roasted crickets. The Daily Campus reports the university's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.


20th Anniversary Edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas is a Record-Breaker

October 6, 2015 8:30 am | by PMMI

The 20th anniversary of PACK EXPO Las Vegas was more than a milestone. It was a record-breaker. Show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports preliminary data for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 and the co-located Pharma EXPO, which took place Sept. 28–30, shows a 4 percent increase in attendance over the record PACK EXPO Las Vegas set in 2013.


US, Chile Declare New Marine Reserves, Fight Overfishing

October 6, 2015 8:15 am | by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

President Barack Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.


Dean Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Sunkist Frozen Mango Fruit Sorbet Bars

October 6, 2015 7:45 am | by FDA

Due to a manufacturing error, a small amount of dairy may have been mixed with fruit bar mix. To date, no complaints or reactions have been reported.


PacLite Conveyor Belt

October 6, 2015 7:30 am | by Food Manufacturing

Company has introduced PacLite, a new lighter weight, flatwire conveyor belt with variable openings that is ideally suited for three segments of the food processing industry: Packaging, baking and rock traps used for root crops.

FasTrax Roll-Up Doors

October 6, 2015 7:15 am | by Food Manufacturing

Made specifically for freezer and cold storage applications, the FasTrax FR incorporates InsulMax 1-inch polyester fabric for enhanced temperature separation.

Where's the Beef Come From? Fast-Food Giants in Ad War Over Meat Source

October 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

McDonald's has launched the latest salvo in a battle for the stomachs of food conscious Canadians with new ads that picture hamburger buns floating over an empty space where the patty should be. "The Big Mac? Not Without Canadian Farmers," it says.


North American Meat Institute Applauds Conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

October 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute strongly supports the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement reached Monday in Atlanta. 



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