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Photo Of The Day: A Slick Argument

September 28, 2012 9:55 am

In this Feb. 1, 2012 photo, a machine crushes canola and soy to make biofuel and/or food grade canola oil Willamette Biomass Processors plant in Rickreall, Ore. Some farmers want to grow more canola because it's a profitable alternative to grass seed and wheat. But other farmers who grow specialty vegetable seeds worry about contamination from canola.

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New Channel On McDonald’s Menu

September 27, 2012 12:48 pm | by LYNN ELBER,AP Television Writer

The question of the moment at 700 pioneering McDonald's restaurants: You want TV with those fries? Not just any television, but the custom-made M Channel, formulated and tested with the same attention to detail that made Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets cultural icons.

Ralcorp May Sell Remaining Stake In Post

September 27, 2012 12:45 pm

Private-label food producer Ralcorp is considering selling its remaining stake in its Post cereal business. Ralcorp Holdings Inc. completed a spinoff of Post Holdings Inc. earlier this year so that it could focus on its private-label foods business. Ralcorp has since acquired a string of smaller companies in an effort to build that core business.

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Drought Maintains Grip On U.S.

September 27, 2012 12:44 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

The nation's worst drought in decades consumed a larger portion of the lower 48 states last week with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing, according to the latest update by a drought-tracking consortium released Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday, creeping up from 64.8 percent a week earlier.

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Czechs To Ease Ban On Spirit Sales

September 27, 2012 12:42 pm

The Czech prime minister says his government will ease a ban on the sales of spirits that was adopted because of methanol poisoning that has killed 26 people. Petr Necas says hard liquor that was produced before Jan. 1 is considered safe and can be sold again starting Thursday.

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Consumer Trends: China’s Growing Demand For Pork

September 27, 2012 12:41 pm

In the report, titled "The Industrialization of China's Pork Supply Chain," Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group says that if current trends in China's pork production and industrialization continue, corn imports could approach 20 million tonnes per year within a five-year time frame.

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The Rise Of Mid-Calorie Snacks

September 27, 2012 12:37 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Business Writer

Nonfat cheese that tastes like plastic. Low-calorie soda that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Sugar-free brownies that crumble like Styrofoam. Dieters have learned an important lesson: When you take the fat and calories out of your favorite treats, you sometimes have to say goodbye to the taste too.

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Dean Foods Considers Selling Morningstar Dairy

September 27, 2012 9:46 am

Dean Foods Co. said Wednesday that it is considering a possible sale of its Morningstar dairy business, which sent its shares soaring. The Dallas-based company has not identified a buyer, but said in a statement that the Morningstar would be an attractive acquisition, given its niche in a growing market and solid management team.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Goes Cage-Free And Drops Hog Crates

September 27, 2012 9:45 am

Dunkin' Donuts says it will start using cage-free eggs in its breakfast sandwiches and eliminate "gestation crates" from its pork supply chain. The Canton, Mass.-based company said Wednesday that it will transition 5 percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of next year; it did not set a timeline for completing the switch.

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Cuban Sugar Looks To Rebound

September 27, 2012 9:41 am | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Cuba's signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century. Hulking processing plants are coming back online and production is rising, a boon to rural towns like Jaronu where producing sugar has been a way of life for generations.

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Canadian Officials Say Costco Steak May Be Contaminated

September 27, 2012 9:40 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people not to eat a brand of beef steak sold in an Edmonton store because it may be contaminated with potentially dangerous E. coli. The agency says several people have become sick after eating Kirkland brand strip loin grilling steaks sold at Costco.

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Campbell Soup To Close 2 Plants

September 27, 2012 9:38 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,Associated Press

Campbell Soup plans to close two U.S. plants, eliminating more than 700 jobs, as it looks to trim costs and become more competitive. The soup maker said Thursday that it will close a plant in Sacramento, Calif., that has about 700 full-time workers. It also plans to shutter a spice plant in South Plainfield, N.J., that has 27 employees.

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Photo Of The Day: Sweet Times Ahead

September 27, 2012 9:35 am

The Brasil sugar plant in Jaronu, Cuba, launched in 1921, is getting a makeover and is expected to be ready in time for the upcoming annual harvest and start milling cane by February. Hulking processing plants are coming back online and production is rising, a boon to rural towns like Jaronu where producing sugar has been a way of life for generations.

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Milk Production Improves In Wisconsin, Minnesota

September 26, 2012 12:47 pm

Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger August this year than they did last year. Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was 5 percent better than in August of last year.

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Iowa Food Warehouse Sued For Racist Graffit

September 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of black employees of a national food distribution company, alleging that supervisors condoned discrimination by allowing racist graffiti at an Iowa warehouse.

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NY Wine Grape Crop High In Quality

September 26, 2012 12:40 pm

This year's wine grape crop from upstate New York is high in quality with a bit less quantity. Growers say the warm early spring followed by a cold spell and a dry summer took a toll on the overall yield, but that the grapes that made it through are in good shape.

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ASSE: Where’s The Concern Over Work-Related Deaths?

September 26, 2012 12:38 pm

With the recent release of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary results of the national census of fatal occupational injuries report showing 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in the U.S. in 2011, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said people should be concerned.

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Sunland Plant Shut Down After Peanut Butter Recall

September 26, 2012 12:36 pm

A peanut butter plant in Portales has been shut down since Saturday after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to the facility. The Sunland, Inc., plant is being scrubbed top to bottom and tests are being done to see if the bacteria is on the peanut butter-making equipment. Sunland officials say the rest of their processing facilities continue to operate.

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Consumer Trends: Beer Industry Faces Challenges

September 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a 1.3 percent decline in 2011. Total beer volume was 2.8 billion 2.25-gallon cases for the year, according to Technomic's recently-released 2012 BeerTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report.

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Monsanto, MSU Partner To Fight Corn Rootworm

September 26, 2012 10:17 am

Michigan State University says it's working with Monsanto Co. to find ways to fight corn rootworm, one of U.S. agriculture's most damaging pests. The East Lansing school says Monsanto is pledging up to $3 million to support research on rootworm.

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