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Technology Helps Limit Corn Losses In Drought

July 12, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Corn production has been improving steadily for decades, the result of scientific advances going back to the introduction of the first commercial hybrid in 1923. Genetic engineering accelerated the process in recent years and allowed the development of some strains that borrow DNA from other species for pest resistance.


Photo Of The Day: Flying Fish

July 12, 2012 9:43 am

Researchers have been monitoring fish populations on the rivers for many years and now are looking for evidence that native species are being affected by the arrival of invasive Asian carp.


La. Farmers Plant More Soybeans

July 11, 2012 12:46 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Changing weather patterns appeared to be a factor as the wet early spring gave way to a drier pattern. So farmers are planting more soybeans and less rice than originally expected.


Study: Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Help Prevent Bone Loss

July 11, 2012 12:45 pm

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.


South Korea May Abandon Whaling Plan

July 11, 2012 12:43 pm

South Korea says it may scrap research whaling plans that have been widely criticized. Fisheries official Kang Joon-suk said Wednesday that Seoul may drop the plans if it finds ways to study whales without killing them.


House Panel Begins Voting On Farm Bill

July 11, 2012 12:42 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee encountered an ideological rift Wednesday over the federal food stamp program as it began voting on a half-trillion-dollar farm policy and food assistance bill.


Some Corn Farmers Mow Fields As Drought Worsens

July 11, 2012 12:40 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Almost a third of the nation's corn crop is already showing signs of damage, and on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released yet another report predicting that farmers will get only a fraction of the corn anticipated last spring when they planted 96.4 million acres, the most since 1937.


Consumer Trends: Packaging And Promotion Lead To Healthier Choices

July 11, 2012 12:36 pm

Combining in-store promotion with nutrition labels on the front of food packaging can be a successful method for driving shoppers to make healthier choices, according to a panel discussion during a symposium at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo.


General Mills To Bring 50 Haagen-Dazs Shops To China

July 11, 2012 9:57 am

General Mills Inc. plans to open another 50 Haagen-Dazs ice cream shops in China over the next year, bringing its total in the country to 255.


Non-Profit Sues Tortilla Maker Over Patents

July 11, 2012 9:55 am

A company affiliated with the University of Nebraska has filed a lawsuit alleging a Mexican tortilla maker is infringing on a patent two university researchers received in 2002.


Wis. Town Barred From Beefing Up Water Rules

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a rural town does not have the authority to impose tougher water quality standards on a livestock farm than the state requires.


Mead Johnson Gets Apology For False Formula Reports

July 11, 2012 9:48 am

Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. rebounded in premarket trading Wednesday after a Chinese agency conceded that invalid testing led to erroneous reports that vanillin had been found in baby formula from companies including Mead Johnson.


Fishing Vessel Leaks Ammonia

July 11, 2012 9:47 am | by RACHEL D'ORO,Associated Press

Three people were treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska's Dutch Harbor, responders said Sunday.


Photo Of The Day: Wisconsin Water Wars

July 11, 2012 9:44 am

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court is set to rule Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in a closely watched case that pits Larson Acres Inc. against a small town that blames its water-pollution problems on manure generated by Mike Larson’s 2,900 cows. The case is the first to test a 2004 state law governing the expansion of livestock farm operations.


Russian Investors Send Vodka Company Higher

July 10, 2012 1:18 pm

Shares of Central European Distribution Corp., a vodka producer based in Mt. Laurel, N.J., soared more than 33 percent after it announced that Russian financiers expect to buy a bigger stake of the company.


Parents Defend Putting Children To Work On Farms

July 10, 2012 1:16 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Some farmers believe the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and are relieved the agency dropped its plans this spring and has promised not to take up the matter again.


Shareholders OK Coca-Cola Split

July 10, 2012 1:13 pm

Shareholders have approved The Coca-Cola Co.'s first stock split in 16 years. The Atlanta-based company announced the two-for-one split in April, citing its expectation to double revenue over this decade.


Ice Cream Recalled For Undeclared Eggs

July 10, 2012 1:11 pm

The Cass-Clay Creamery of Fargo, N.D., is voluntarily recalling some brands of peppermint bon bon-flavored ice cream because they may contain eggs that aren't listed on the label.


‘The Million Big Gulp March’ Protests NYC Soda Ban

July 10, 2012 1:07 pm | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if New Yorkers want to kill themselves with sugar — that's their right. That was the mayor's response Monday to a small, peaceful protest rally against a ban on big sodas on a sidewalk near City Hall Park — dubbed The Million Big Gulp March.


Consumer Trends: Best And Worst Restaurants

July 10, 2012 9:00 am

Whether you're traveling the interstate, looking for a sumptuous supper, or just want to get away from the kitchen this summer, Consumer Reports surveyed 47,565 diners to help find the best meals and best deals at 102 of the nation's biggest sit-down chain restaurants.



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