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S.D. Residents Worried About Proposed Hog Facility

April 2, 2012 10:07 am

Some residents of southwest Davison County are worried about a large hog production facility that has been proposed in the area.

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Wendy's Runs Anti-'Pink Slime' Ads

April 2, 2012 10:04 am

The Wendy's Co. ran full-page advertisements in eight major newspapers across the country Friday, reassuring customers that it has never used the beef filler known as "pink slime" and never will.

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Spinach Could Be Weapon Against Citrus Disease

April 2, 2012 10:02 am | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach.

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Corn Supplies Fall, Prices To Remain High

April 2, 2012 9:59 am

New government data released Friday showed a drop in the amount of corn in storage and raised concerns that supplies will remain tight and prices high in the near term. Corn futures surged about 6.6 percent. The report — and the possible impact on food prices — overshadowed a projection by the government that corn growers will plant the largest crop in 75 years.

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FDA Rejects Call To Ban BPA

April 2, 2012 9:56 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

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Photo Of The Day: Spinach Genes May Save Citrus Trees

April 2, 2012 9:53 am

Plant pathologist Erik Mirkov holds an early citrus rootstock called C22 that is enhanced with the genes from spinach. Testing has shown the genetically enhanced citrus trees are immune to citrus greening, a disease that has ravaged the industry.

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Recalled Salsa May Be Tainted With Salmonella

March 30, 2012 1:11 pm

State agricultural officials are warning consumers about a salsa recall in West Virginia and 10 other states due to possible salmonella contamination.

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Farmers Check For Damage From Cold Snap

March 30, 2012 1:09 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH,Associated Press

Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week, but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent until mid-summer.

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Idaho Lawmakers Pass Felony Animal Cruelty Law

March 30, 2012 1:05 pm | by ALEX MORRELL,Associated Press

The bill comes partly in response to instances where some animal owners facing financial difficulties failed to feed or properly care for livestock, including a high-profile case in 2011 involving dozens of starved and neglected sheep, goats, pigs, llamas and horses.

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New Wine Fermenters Have Vintners Thinking Sunny Side Up

March 30, 2012 1:02 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Do you like eggs with wine? How about wine IN eggs? Sounds a bit dicey, but it's been happening more lately as winemakers embrace concrete egg-shaped fermenters as a way to add unique flavors to their wines.

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Whole Foods To Drop Unsustainable Seafood

March 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

Whole Foods Market said Friday that it will stop selling fish caught from depleted waters or through ecologically damaging methods, a move that comes as supermarkets nationwide try to make their seafood selections more sustainable.

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Consumer Trends: Chinese Consumers Embrace Healthier Drinks

March 30, 2012 12:41 pm

Mintel finds that while consumers in China are ready to switch to healthier alternatives of carbonated soft drinks, brands have yet to offer the product options to fulfill this demand. This is despite seven out of ten consumers (72%) trying to avoid drinks with artificial ingredients and 75% wanting to buy drinks with natural ingredients, highlighting an unmet need which could be satisfied by manufacturers.

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Raw Milk Quarantine Lifted At Calif. Dairy

March 30, 2012 10:09 am

A statewide quarantine on raw milk products from a Northern California dairy is over, though state health officials are still investigating. The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Thursday lifted the ban on products from Claravale Farm of San Benito County, one of two raw milk dairies in the state.

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Governors Examine And Eat 'Pink Slime'

March 30, 2012 10:07 am | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

Governors of three states got up close with "pink slime" Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and eating hamburgers made with it in a bid to persuade grossed-out consumers and grocery stores the product is safe to consume.

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New Cage Rules Impact Europe's Egg Market

March 30, 2012 10:05 am | by RAF CASERT,Associated Press

The European Egg Processors Association says that EU-wide production of eggs since the Jan. 1 legislative change has dropped by 10 to 15 percent, or about 200 million eggs a week.

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PepsiCo Receives Approval For Chinese Drink Maker Deal

March 30, 2012 10:02 am

The U.S. beverage and food company, based in Purchase, N.Y., said in November that it planned to swap its holdings in its mainland China bottling operations for a stake in Tingyi to beef up its distribution in the fast-growing Chinese market.

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Popular Pesticide Could Play Role In Bee Decline

March 30, 2012 9:59 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN,AP Science Writer

The new research suggests the chemicals used in the pesticide — designed to attack the central nervous system of insects — reduces the weight and number of queens in bumblebee hives. These pesticides also cause honeybees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives, the researchers concluded.

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Photo Of The Day: Europe's Easter Egg Quandary

March 30, 2012 9:49 am

Demand for eggs traditionally reaches its peak around the Easter holiday. This year, the egg industry has been hit by the European Union's new requirements for bigger, more animal-friendly cages for hens. The changes it brings have affected production and, combined with high feed cost, boosted consumer prices.

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Sweetener Group Urges USDA To Increase Sugar Supplies

March 29, 2012 1:06 pm

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) today sent a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse, urging USDA to take immediate action on April 1 to ensure U.S. industry adequate supplies of sugar at reasonable prices by increasing the tariff rate quota (TRQ).

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Snacks Plant Closing, 230 To Lose Jobs

March 29, 2012 1:02 pm

Officials say 230 people will lose their jobs when the Bremner Food Group plant closes in Poteau. The company laid off 100 workers Wednesday night and says the plant will shut down on June 29. The plant produces snack foods, including crackers.

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