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Update: FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.         

FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they...

Hop Growers Face Worker Shortages as Craft Beer Industry Booms

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

To keep up with the surging growth of a national...

Researchers Find 'Most Famous Wheat Gene'

September 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

The discovery clears the way for breeders to...

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Large Number of Salmon Return to Columbia River

September 15, 2014 10:25 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fish hatcheries have been used to help rebuild fish populations, with mixed results, and millions of dollars have been spent on dam passage improvements. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead are now listed as endangered or threatened in the Columbia River basin.

Consumers Can Now Make Direct Investments into Food Companies

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers, is allowing consumers to make direct investments big or small into local food businesses.              

E.Coli Outbreak Source Remains a Mystery

September 12, 2014 10:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fatal strains of E. coli have killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life. Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of the outbreak, which might be tainted food or contact with livestock.

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USDA: Lower Corn Prices Could Lead to a Decline in Beef, Chicken Costs

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The expectations have driven corn and soybean prices significantly lower. However, since the grains are staples in livestock feed, lower prices could eventually lead to a decline in the cost of beef, pork, chicken and milk.             

Infographic: From Bud to Bottle, the Life of a Grape

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Vinepair | News | Comments

In order to illustrate how grapes get from vine to glass, here's the story of one little grape, and its journey from birth through its transformation into wine.                            

New Mexico's Green Chile Harvests a Growing Demand

September 10, 2014 9:36 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico-grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.                       

Pesticide Drift is Persistent Problem For Organic Farmers

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Global Food Supply May Not Meet Escalating Demand

September 8, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

A new University of Virginia study, published online in the American Geophysical Union journal, Earth’s Future, examines global food security and the patterns of food trade that — until this analysis — have been minimally studied.     

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Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

VIDEO: Should We All Be Eating Insects?

September 5, 2014 8:00 am | by AsapSCIENCE | Videos | Comments

Have you ever considered that insects could be more nutritious, environmentally-friendly and abundant than most other foods? This video compares 100 grams of crickets to 100 grams of chicken, beef and pork. Take a look at these shocking findings!

Solid Apple Crop Expected in Northern New England

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont, the second biggest producer of apples in New England after Massachusetts, produced about 850,000 bushels of apples last year, and experts predict this year's yield will be close to that.             

Wheat: What Are We Really Eating?

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Wheat today is not the same grain our forebears ground into their daily bread. While wheat has naturally evolved, the drastic changes have come in the past 50 years from agricultural scientists. Has no one stopped to ask whether these features are compatible with human health?

Judge: Kauai GMO Law Invalid

August 26, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled Monday in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect. The companies argued the local ordinance is invalid and unfairly targets their industry.       

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North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota | News | Comments

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe for people and animals to eat.                        

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile. The governor said consumers shouldn't have to wonder whether they're getting real New Mexico-grown chile.   

Group Challenges Constitutionality of Oregon Right to Farm Act

August 14, 2014 9:58 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the immunity granted to pesticide applicators is unconstitutional. 

Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd. | News | Comments

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

VIDEO: Farm-to-Table Movement Reworked by Menuless Restaurants

August 13, 2014 9:56 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Instead of the typical American dinner where the protein takes center stage, chef Dan Barber asks consumers to make vegetables the main act. Barber says health is about what the landscape wants to provide and how our diets can be fashioned to support that.

US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

VIDEO: Why Do Wines Taste Differently?

August 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Wine makers take note! Researchers found that location is an important factor for growing wine grapes. From where the grapes are grown to where bottles are stored, the taste of wine can vary greatly, even in the same types of wine, due to location.

Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii | News | Comments

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

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