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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Birds in Nevada

March 24, 2015 2:25 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

Farmers Fund New Research to Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

March 23, 2015 12:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New research funded by farmers aims to breed a wheat variety for people who can't eat wheat and...

Popular Weed Killer Deemed 'Probable Carcinogen' by UN

March 20, 2015 2:45 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has...

Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools...

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English Researchers Help to Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Consumers in developed countries tend to take the humble chocolate bar for granted. But the world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector "with zero environmental impact."

Longtime Riceland Foods CEO Dies at Age 81

March 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Longtime Riceland Foods Inc. president and chief executive officer Richard Bell has died in Stuttgart.

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances.

Life is Better With Manufacturing

March 11, 2015 12:00 pm | by MAPI Media | Videos | Comments

Not only do Americans rely on manufactured goods in every waking — and sleeping — moment of their lives, but businesses do as well. No sector generates more economic activity across society than manufacturing.

States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 8:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards.

Farmers Get Creative in Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Programs

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in a portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

CFIA Says There is 'No Safety Concern' Over Alberta Mad Cow Disease

March 9, 2015 9:30 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's chief veterinary officer says some cattle associated with the investigation into a case of mad cow disease in Alberta were slaughtered over the last few years and entered the human food chain.

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Harvest Automation: Robot Takeover

March 5, 2015 10:20 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Innovative minds are putting their efforts into making California's "Salad Bowl of the World" the tech future of farming! This area of California is beginning to rely more on innovation than ever before.

Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

NY Farming Economy Grows 22 Percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China has lifted one of its ban on imports of modified seeds. Now, agribusiness companies also have high hopes for introducing modified corn in India.

NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

March 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The organization is also seeking to expand school lunch programs that use New York products.

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Regulating Genome-Edited Crops That Aren't GMOs

March 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism (GMO) regulations.

Oil Decline Likely to Benefit Food Prices

February 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Falling oil prices in recent months dramatically reduced prices at the gas pump, which in turn contributed to a spike in consumer confidence early this year. But there's another place where low crude prices will likely benefit pocketbooks: the supermarket.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

Alternative Proteins to Claim a Third of the Market by 2054

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Lux Research | News | Comments

Shifts in supply and demand of protein for human consumption will drive the rise of alternative proteins to 307 million MT by 2054, initiating significant changes in the food and agriculture landscape.

Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful to Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

Cargill Partners With Mondelez to Support Cocoa Sustainability

February 19, 2015 1:15 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill has signed a formal partnership agreement to support Mondelez International's Cocoa Life program, which strengthens both companies' commitment to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and to investing in a sustainable future for cocoa.

Apples Move to Forefront of GMO Labeling Debate

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The National Co+op Grocers on Wednesday expressed a continued objection to the lack of mandatory federally enforced labeling of genetically modified organisms in light of the deregulation announcement last week for Arctic apple varieties developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict with Pig Farms

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Mexico, Wal-Mart Act to Improve Farmworkers' Lives

February 17, 2015 6:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government has formed an alliance of produce industry groups that will work on enforcing wage laws and improving housing, schools and health care for laborers at export farms following a newspaper's investigation of abuses at agribusinesses supplying major U.S. supermarket chains and restaurants.

New Study Sheds Light on Characterizing Global Food Trade to Include Nutritional Value

February 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it's needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment propose to extend the way we characterize global food trade to include nutritional value and resource consumption.

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