AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Food processor Hormel Foods Corp. is opening a new plant in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday, the first new production facility the company has built in more than 25 years. The 348,000-square-foot, $89 million plant employs about 90 people and could employ up to 300 at maximum capacity.
BEIJING (AP) — A man who organized a support group for parents of children sickened in one of China's worst food safety scandals pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of inciting social disorder, his lawyer said. Zhao Lianhai was behind a push for greater accountability and compensation for the victims and their families of the 2008 scandal that shocked China.
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (AP) — Foes of a proposed Nestle Waters North America bottling plant in Cascade Locks, Ore., on Monday handed state wildlife officials petitions bearing 3,700 signatures of people against the project. Nestle's plan is to tap a nearby spring that supplies an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery.
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — The nation's top federal antitrust investigator on Monday assured desperate dairy farmers that the government also wants to know why they are being paid so little for milk when the price shoppers pay in stores is holding steady. At the invitation of U.S. Sen.
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Sanderson Farms Inc. says it plans to possibly locate a new $94 million poultry complex near Goldsboro, N.C. that would employ about 1,100 people. The Laurel, Miss.-based company said Monday the plan is contingent on state and local economic incentives, obtaining property and permits and approval of Sanderson Farm lenders of a change to its revolving credit agreement.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — One of the dirty secrets of California's wine country is now on everyone's lips. Somehow a voracious grape-eating moth has found its way nonstop from Europe to the heart of the Napa Valley, the land of three-figure cabernet. With valuable fruit at risk, the region's fast and loose play with federal agriculture quarantine laws is getting new scrutiny from investigators and researchers.
LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium set out nearly 20 years ago to do what seemed like a good thing for farmers — create a strain of rice that could withstand a popular herbicide that kills weeds in the fields. The scientists were so successful that Bayer CropScience, part of the German chemical giant that makes and markets the Liberty herbicide, eventually bought the company that the university scientists formed.
Campbell River, BC (BCFSA) — Sometimes complex issues get further confused when only partial information is shared and the full picture is left unclear. Such is the case with Mr. Baker’s story about BC’s salmon farming industry. The story takes quotations out of press releases from both the BC Salmon Farmers Association and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans which focus on economic news pertaining to the industry, and pits them against comments from critics about environmental and regulatory issues.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Hong Kong-based investment group says it wants to invest up to $1.1 billion in New Zealand's dairy industry to make high-quality infant formula and long-life milk products for the Chinese market. The move comes two years after China's 2008 tainted milk scandal that left six children dead and more than 300,000 sickened when dairy suppliers added the industrial chemical melamine to milk to boost its apparent protein content.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly a year after nations banned U.S. pork over fears about swine flu, China has become the last one to lift its embargo and is expected to accept shipments by early next month. It's a move welcomed by an industry that has suffered several years of losses, but some experts caution farmers shouldn't expect to see a surge in exports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico is losing its certification to export wild-harvest shrimp to the United States because its trawls lack required protections for endangered sea turtles, the State Department said. The department said the certification was withdrawn after the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service determined that Mexico's turtle excluder devices no longer meet U.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Days after Major Bashinsky disappeared from his law office earlier this month, a letter turned up in his abandoned car that angrily accused his prosperous family of mistreating workers at the snack food company it founded. When his body was later found in a Birmingham golf course pond, it had all the markings of a sinister slaying: The 63-year-old father and husband had been shot in the head and bound loosely with a rope.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo said this week that it plans to promote higher rates of beverage container recycling in the U.S., as part of its environmental sustainability goals. The company plans to create partnerships that promote the increase of U.S. beverage container recycling rates to 50 percent by 2018.
LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Bayer CropScience knew that if an experimental strain of its genetically modified rice got into the commercial market it would be disastrous, a lawyer for a dozen Arkansas rice farmers said Wednesday as a civil trial on the issue got under way. "Bayer knew that, if this stuff got out, it would be catastrophic" in its effect on prices paid to farmers, lawyer Scott Powell told the jury in Lonoke County Circuit Court.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho state senate approved revamping laws governing big swine and poultry farms, a bill prompted by concern more chicken and egg producers will relocate to Idaho as states like California pass tougher animal-cruelty restrictions. Tuesday's vote was 24-11. The measure moves to the House.
NEW YORK (AP) — A race to develop natural, zero-calorie sweeteners is bubbling up in the nation's $100 billion beverage industry. PepsiCo, looking to revive itself in the declining soda industry, is boosting its development spending for this search and to mix up new drinks. PepsiCo Inc.