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More Farmers Join Rice Lawsuit

August 3, 2012 12:39 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

The number of rice farmers in a lawsuit that claims RiceTec Inc. sold hybrid seed that produced inferior rice has grown to 51 with the addition of farmers in Louisiana and Texas.

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Cantaloupe Recall Expanded To 189K

August 3, 2012 12:37 pm

Burch Equipment LLC is expanding their recall to include 13,888 cases and 581 bins of Athena variety cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria.  Melons affected by this recall total 188,902.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Index Shows Softer Outlook

August 3, 2012 12:30 pm

Although the overall current restaurant operating environment is positive, expectations for the future softened in June, according the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index.

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New England Fishing Cuts Loom For 2013

August 3, 2012 9:57 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Commercial fishermen in New England are facing severe cuts in their catch limits next year because of the poor condition of populations of so-called groundfish, regulators said Thursday.

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EPA Can’t Regulate Livestock Farms It Can’t Find

August 3, 2012 9:53 am | by TAMMY WEBBER,Associated Press

The report to Congress was blunt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had failed to regulate pollution from the nation's livestock farms — many capable of generating more waste than some cities — because it lacked information as basic as how many farms even existed.

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Farmers Markets Sprout Up Across America

August 3, 2012 9:49 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

After 18 years of steady increases, the number of farmers markets across the country now registered with the USDA is 7,864. In 1994, there were 1,744.

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Recalled Burger Patties May Contain Gasket Material

August 3, 2012 9:47 am

Kenosha Beef International Ltd. is recalling nearly 19 tons of frozen bacon-cheeseburger patties because they may contain pieces of gasket material.

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No Injuries At Fire In Frito-Lay Plant

August 3, 2012 9:44 am

Frito-Lay officials are determining how much damage was caused by a fire at the company's plant in south Topeka.

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Photo Of The Day: Farmers Markets Surge

August 3, 2012 9:41 am

Pushed by the rising popularity of eating locally and healthily, the number of farmers markets climbed by 9.6 percent nationally over the past year, according to the USDA.

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Rising Costs Weigh On Kellogg 2Q

August 2, 2012 10:28 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writer

Like many businesses, Kellogg is contending with rising commodity costs and weakness in Europe, which pushed its net income 12 percent lower in the second quarter. But the company's one-two punch of breakfast goods and snacks gave a lift to its revenue, driven by sales of Pop-Tarts and strength in North America.

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Impact Of Corn Prices On Food Not What It Seems

August 2, 2012 10:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Cornflakes won't necessarily be more expensive as a result of rising corn prices, but the milk you pour over them might be.

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Alabama Lifts Ban On Bastard-Named Beers

August 2, 2012 10:23 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS,Associated Press

After taking a second look at the attention-grabbing names of Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard beers, the state's liquor control agency lifted its ban on their sale in Alabama.

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Jury Awards Monsanto $1B In Patent Case

August 2, 2012 10:21 am

The trial in U.S. district court in St. Louis centered on whether DuPont infringed on Monsanto's patent for developing genetically modified soybean seeds that can withstand the weed killer Roundup.

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Half Of U.S. Counties Considered Disaster Areas

August 2, 2012 10:20 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added yesterday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Interested In Mobile Ads

August 2, 2012 10:16 am

Consumers show significant interest and participation in mobile advertising, according to a new survey.

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Green Mountain Coffee Gains In 3Q

August 2, 2012 10:02 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer

Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. soared 12 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday after it reported a 30 percent jump in third-quarter profit and plans to repurchase shares.

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Cheese Maker Sentenced For Buying Tainted Milk

August 2, 2012 10:00 am

A New Jersey cheese maker that made ricotta cheese from tainted milk has been fined $200,000 and put on four years of probation.

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Horse Owners Support Horse Slaughterhouse

August 2, 2012 9:58 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

A group of horse owners and clubs is urging the governor of New Mexico to support a proposed horse slaughterhouse, saying the closing of domestic facilities five years ago has caused "needless suffering under the cruelest of conditions."

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Campbell Soup Partners With Food Bank

August 2, 2012 9:57 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL,Associated Press

The Food Bank of New Jersey is collecting peaches and taking them to Campbell, which is turning them into Just Peachy Salsa, a donated product the food bank can sell for fundraising purposes.

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Chile Outlaws Happy Meal Toys

August 2, 2012 9:49 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO,Associated Press

A new law in Chile aims to take some of the fun out of fast-food by forcing McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and other restaurants to stop including toys and other goodies with children's meals.

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