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Mass. Fishermen Drop Suit Against Wind Farm

June 27, 2012 12:51 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

A group of Martha's Vineyard fishermen on Tuesday dropped a lawsuit aimed at derailing the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm, saying they will instead work with the developers on ways to co-exist.

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Drought-Stricken Wyo. Ranchers Look To N.D. Pastures

June 27, 2012 12:50 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,Associated Press

Drought-stricken cattle ranchers in Wyoming are looking to surrounding states for grazing land, and their best bet might be North Dakota, where farmers this year have been luckier than their neighbors.

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General Mills 4Q Income Rises On Strength Abroad

June 27, 2012 12:48 pm

The food maker's brands which include Cheerios and Hamburger Helper remain some of the most popular. But like most of its peers, the company has struggled with higher costs for everything from ingredients to labor and been forced to raise prices to offset them.

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Consumer Trends: Gen Y Looks For Healthy Products

June 27, 2012 12:42 pm

According to the most recent NMI Health and Wellness Study, Generation Yers believe in the benefits of, and are willing to pay a premium for, functional foods. The study also indicates that most consumers are using functional foods, with Gen Y reporting greater increased usage compared to the total.

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Photo Of The Day: Dropping Vermont

June 27, 2012 10:06 am

Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of cheese, butter and other dairy products, is phasing out labels with the state on the logo. A green outline of the state is being dropped in favor of a green barn and the words "Owned by our Farm Families in New York & New England."

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McCormick 2Q Profit Rises

June 27, 2012 9:53 am

McCormick & Co. said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 9 percent, buoyed in part by higher prices, strength in emerging markets and acquisitions.

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Epidemic Kills 75,000 Goats In Congo

June 27, 2012 9:51 am

A U.N. agency has warned that a livestock epidemic in Congo that has killed more than 75,000 goats is the worst in a decade and is now threatening goats and sheep in neighboring countries.

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Cabot Phasing Out Vermont Logo

June 27, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

One old logo has "Cabot" stamped over a green outline of the state, with the word "Vermont" next to it. Another just has the shape of Vermont under the word "Cabot." The new one has a green barn and the words "Owned by our Farm Families in New York & New England."

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Both Koreas Suffering Worst Drought In A Century

June 27, 2012 9:46 am

North Korea dispatched soldiers to pour buckets of water on parched fields and South Korean officials scrambled to save a rare mollusk threatened by the heat as the worst dry spell in a century gripped the Korean Peninsula.

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Liquor Companies Lure Female Customers

June 27, 2012 9:41 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

"Companies are realizing that women comprise a very heavy percentage of the cocktail-drinking community and I believe they are starting to speak more directly to women without the fear that they're going to alienate the male base," says Allison Evanow, one of the relatively few female executives in the spirits industry as founder and CEO of Square One Organic Spirits in San Francisco.

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Healthy Choice Recalls Carrot Juice For Botulism Risk

June 26, 2012 12:50 pm

Healthy Choice Island Blends, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA, is recalling all sizes of LIQUID GOLD CARROT JUICE including 128oz, 64oz, 32oz, and 16 oz, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.

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Consumer Confidence Slipped In June

June 26, 2012 12:47 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index is at 62. That's down from the 64.4 reading in May and the 63.2 analysts were expecting. The index remains well below the 90 reading that indicates a healthy economy — a level it hasn't been near since the recession began in December 2007.

McDonald’s At Olympics Is Supersized

June 26, 2012 12:45 pm | by SYLVIA HUI,Associated Press

The fast-food giant, a top Olympics sponsor with exclusive rights to sell branded food products inside the venue, said Monday its two-story restaurant at the games will be its biggest and busiest in the world, seating 1,500 diners and serving up to 14,000 people a day.

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Hershey Plans Growth Around Key Brands

June 26, 2012 12:42 pm

Hershey Co. reaffirmed its full-year forecast and set its long-term financial goals Monday as it outlined plans to build its business around five key candy brands.

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Wis. Livestock Operation Accused Of Overdosing Cows

June 26, 2012 12:40 pm

A livestock producer in Shawano County has agreed to shut down until it can prove to federal authorities that its cows aren't being overdosed with antibiotics.

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Consumer Trends: What Is In Your Hot Dog?

June 26, 2012 12:38 pm

As National Hot Dog Month approaches in July and Americans prepare to chow down on an estimated 150 million wieners on Independence Day alone, a new survey finds that while many Americans differ in preferences for what's on their hot dogs, 77 percent of Americans are concerned about what's in their hot dogs.

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Bel Brands Opening Cheese Plant In South Dakota

June 26, 2012 9:46 am

Chicago-based Bel Brands USA is holding a groundbreaking ceremony this week for a new cheese plant in Brookings.

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Hawaii Governor To Veto Kona Coffee Bill

June 26, 2012 9:45 am | by OSKAR GARCIA,Associated Press

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday he plans to veto a bill that would remove mandatory certification for Hawaii-grown coffee, a measure Kona coffee farmers said would be disastrous for the industry's integrity and reputation.

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Missouri Farmers Spotlight The Elderberry

June 26, 2012 9:44 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

Missouri farmer Terry Durham, who oversees one of the nation's largest commercial elderberry farms on 37 acres of Missouri River bottomlands, believes the crop has huge potential as Americans continue to tap into the medicinal properties of food.

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Local Butter Gains Big Recognition

June 26, 2012 9:41 am | by JIM HOOK, (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Butter from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg is spreading through five-star eateries in the Northeast. The local artisan butter was among 19 recommended by Culture, a national magazine about cheese and other foods.

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