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Dakotas Farmers Rebound After Historic Flood

May 14, 2012 9:56 am | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,The Associated Press

Natural disasters ravaged 33 states last year, prompting more than $300 million in federal emergency assistance. The Dakotas were hit by flooding from the Missouri River, which cuts through both states and swelled with heavy rain that fell on top of ground still soaked from a snowy winter. North Dakota also saw historic flooding along the Souris River. Nearly 7 million acres of normally productive cropland went unseeded, about one-fifth of the land typically planted with annual crops in the two states.

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ConAgra To Layoff More Than 200 In Mo.

May 14, 2012 9:53 am

A ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Batesville is to layoff between 230 and 250 workers in July when it moves frozen dinner preparation from the facility to Missouri, the company said Friday.

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Photo Of The Day: Wal-Mart's Image Issues

May 14, 2012 9:49 am

For years, the world's largest retailer has tried to repair a reputation that's been damaged by decades of criticism and legal troubles. In April 2012, allegations that Wal-Mart paid bribes to officials in Mexico threaten to derail Wal-Mart's attempts to improve its image.

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Ky. Governor To Promote Bourbon In Taiwan

May 11, 2012 12:54 pm

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to leave Sunday on trade mission to Taiwan where he will promote the sale of bourbon whiskey.

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Jones Soda Earnings Fall Flat

May 11, 2012 12:53 pm

Premium soda maker Jones Soda Co. said Thursday that its first-quarter loss was roughly even with last year's as the company cut costs in the face of declining revenue.

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Mass. Backs Off Ban On School Bake Sales

May 11, 2012 12:52 pm

Cupcakes, brownies and other baked goodies will be spared the chopping block at Massachusetts schools after Gov. Deval Patrick backed down from planned regulations to prohibit the sale of the treats at bake sales during school hours.

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New Campaign To Promote Ala. Seafood

May 11, 2012 12:50 pm

The Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission is kicking off a three-year, $5 million marketing drive to increase demand for Alabama seafood. The ads particularly target state consumers and restaurants across the region.

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Raw Milk Case Pits Food Safety Against Consumer Choice

May 11, 2012 12:49 pm

A Minnesota farmer who distributes raw milk is due to stand trial next week for food code violations next week in a case that pits the government's efforts to ensure a safe food supply against consumers' rights to choose what they drink and eat.

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Consumer Trends: Study Says Moms Confused About Popular Food Trends

May 11, 2012 12:46 pm

Recently, CommonGround commissioned the Gate-to-Plate Survey to gain insights into how U.S. moms feel and think about their food and the food choices they make for their families. More than 70 percent of moms surveyed admitted to having questions or concerns about how their food is grown or raised – a number that CommonGround volunteers hope to decrease through independent third-party data, firsthand experience and honest conversations.

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Researcher Gets $1M To Study Soybeans

May 11, 2012 9:50 am

A University of Georgia researcher has received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study the genetics of soybeans. Wayne Parrott will work with scientists at the University of Missouri, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The team will work to find more uses for the multipurpose legume by studying its genome.

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Raw Milk Recalled For Campylobacter

May 11, 2012 9:49 am

Raw milk from a Central California dairy is being recalled after tests confirmed bacteria called campylobacter was found in its raw cream.

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USDA Predicts Record Corn Harvest, Falling Food Prices

May 11, 2012 9:47 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Consumers could see some relief from higher food prices by late fall, if the latest government crop forecast holds up. The U.S. Agriculture Department predicted Thursday that corn production will total a record 14.8 billion bushels. That compares with 12.4 billion bushels a year ago and it's 11 percent higher than the previous record crop in 2009. The government also predicts a record yield of 166 bushels per acre.

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Hostess Layoff Warnings Spread To Indiana, Michigan

May 11, 2012 9:43 am

Hostess Brands Inc. has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Michigan officials it might close plants and layoff hundreds of workers if the company liquidates as part of its bankruptcy restructuring.

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Conn. Lawmakers Drop Modified Food Labeling Bill

May 11, 2012 9:39 am

A key Connecticut lawmaker says efforts to enact state legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified food died in the face of threatened lawsuits by food producers.

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Photo Of The Day: Cashing In On Corn

May 11, 2012 9:36 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a record corn crop this year, topping the previous high by 11 percent.

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Monster Powers To 1Q Profit

May 10, 2012 12:52 pm

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. said Wednesday that its profit climbed 38 percent in the first quarter on better sales of its energy drinks.

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Challenges Of Regulating Genetically Engineered Crops

May 10, 2012 12:49 pm

The development of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the 1980s ignited a buzz in the agricultural community with the potential for higher crop yields and better nutritional content, along with the reduction of herbicide and pesticide use. GE crops grew to play a significant role in the U.S., with more than 160 million acres of farmland used to produce GE crops in 2011. However, the development of new GE crops has recently slowed to a trickle due to litigation over field testing and deregulation.

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Lower Banana Prices Slash Chiquita Earnings

May 10, 2012 12:46 pm

Shares of Chiquita Brands International Inc. slid to their lowest levels in more than three years on Wednesday after the produce company reported a loss for the first quarter, stung by charges and lower banana prices. Its adjusted earnings were well below Wall Street's view.

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Consumer Group Refutes IOM Obesity Report

May 10, 2012 12:43 pm

The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is refuting the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new report, “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation,” which misguidedly calls for the government and industry decision-makers to actively reduce the number of choices Americans have when they sit down to eat.

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Ammonia Leak Temporarily Shuts Down Distribution Plant

May 10, 2012 12:41 pm

A Lebanon, Tenn., food distribution plant was temporarily shut down and evacuated because of an ammonia leak.

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