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This Week in Food History: Cheez Whiz is Born

July 1, 2015 1:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week in food manufacturing history, we'll take a look at the first domestic case of Mad Cow Disease, the creation of two important food acts and the introduction of Cheez Whiz.

Study: Citrus Consumption Tied to Increased Melanoma Risk

July 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released study linked regular consumption of citrus fruits with an increased risk for...

Farmers Reap Benefits of Driverless Tractor Tech

July 1, 2015 9:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Farming is big business across America, with more than two million farms covering more than 900...

USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 7:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

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Improving Rice Flour to Aid Food Poverty

June 30, 2015 3:00 pm | by Society For Experimental Biology | News | Comments

A new, high-quality rice flour could help towards aiding global food poverty. "This rice flour serves not only as an alternative to wheat flour for those with wheat intolerance, but could also help to overcome the global food problem in the future," says Dr. Yayoi Onda.

European Study Tests Wearables For Cows

June 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

We've written before about tracking domestic herd animals using the Internet of Things. Recently, researchers at Cambridge Industrial Design were commissioned by True North Technologies to create high-tech cow trackers, which can track the bovines' behavior and location. 

Food For Thought: Use More Forages in Livestock Farming

June 30, 2015 10:45 am | by Springer | News | Comments

This review looks at the use of more forages than grain feeds to help improve sustainability of rural small-scale livestock farming.

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Cattle ID System Shows its Muzzle

June 29, 2015 1:20 pm | by INDERSCIENCE PUBLISHERS | News | Comments

Researchers in Egypt are developing a biometric identification system for cattle that could reduce food fraud and allow ranchers to control their stock more efficiently. 

Monsanto to Upgrade Herbicide Plant

June 29, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Monsanto plans to upgrade a Louisiana chemical plant in order to help produce a new line of herbicide.

Truffle Dogs Sniff Out Pungent Fungus Prized by Foodies

June 29, 2015 9:35 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies.

Indiana Crops See Projected $300M Hit from June Flooding

June 29, 2015 7:55 am | by TOM DAVIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

This month's heavy rains and flooding across much of Indiana have already reduced the state's corn and soybean crop by nearly $300 million, agriculture experts estimated Friday, adding that the damage could escalate with more wet weather.

Farm, Development Groups Call for Coordinated, Agriculture-Based Effort to Meet Global Food Security Needs

June 29, 2015 7:15 am | by Farm Journal Foundation | News | Comments

A coalition of farm and international development organizations and agriculture-related foundations sent a letter last week to congressional committees calling for a coordinated approach from the federal government to meeting global food security needs. 

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Governors Urge EPA to Keep Renewable Fuel Standards Intact

June 26, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bill Draper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA says it's reducing the volumes because infrastructure inadequacies limit how much can be consumed. However, corn growers and other supporters of the higher standard say they're needed to force oil companies to improve infrastructure at gas pumps to deliver ethanol fuel blends above the current 10 percent mix.

Flag Smut Infecting Kansas Wheat For First Time Since 1930s

June 26, 2015 2:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A fungal infection not seen on Midwestern wheat since the Great Depression is now reported to be spreading, according to reports.

Food Industry Hails Passage of Trade Authority Legislation

June 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Food, beverage and agriculture groups praised congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority this week and predicted the bill would eventually help the industry develop new markets around the globe.

Study Aims to Predict Environmental Impact of GMO Salmon

June 26, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent study of genetically modified salmon led scientists to conclude that commercializing the altered fish would inherently pose some risk to the environment.

EPA to Study Impact of Pesticides on Endangered Species

June 26, 2015 7:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A settlement between an environmental advocacy group and federal regulators will require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate two common agricultural pesticides.

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Russia Extends Ban on Western Food Imports For a Year

June 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's ban on the import of many agricultural products for another year.

Groups Call on Subway to Phase Out Antibiotics

June 25, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of advocacy groups this week asked Subway restaurants to eliminate their use of meat from animals raised with routine use of antibiotics.

Monsanto CEO Vows to Continue Efforts to Lure Syngenta

June 24, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Monsanto's chief executive remains optimistic that the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant will eventually secure a merger with Swiss rival Syngenta despite the latter's repeated rejections of takeover bids.

Genetic Study of 'Co-Evolution' Could Provide Clues to Better Food Production

June 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA | News | Comments

Scientists believe that understanding how co-evolution works could help provide genetic clues for producing heartier plants and food for a growing global population.

In the News: Supreme Court Says Government Seizure of Raisins is Unconstitutional

June 23, 2015 12:35 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Find out all the details by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

Anheuser-Busch to Invest More Than $1.5B in US Operations By 2018

June 23, 2015 10:15 am | by Anheuser-Busch | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch today announced it will invest more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018.

High Court Says Government Seizure of Raisins is Unconstitutional

June 22, 2015 1:25 pm | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said forcing raisin growers to give up part of their annual crop without full payment is an illegal confiscation of private property.

Vermont Institute Helps Schools Grow Farm-to-School Programs

June 22, 2015 8:45 am | by Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

5 Veggie Facts You Probably Didn't Know

June 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's #NationalEatYourVegetablesDay and, naturally, this food holiday is a trending topic on Twitter this morning. In recognition of the green holiday, I thought it would be the perfect chance to read up on some fun veggie facts.

Vertical Farming Series Part 3: Vertical Farms to Watch

June 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Henry Gordon Smith, The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), North America | Articles | Comments

While we’ve looked in detail at the applications and technological innovations that have paved the way for more vertical farms, what do those applications and innovations look like in practice? In our third and final post of the series, we tour some of the most compelling examples of vertical farms from around the world.

Bird Flu Leads to Cheaper Chickens in US

June 17, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bird flu outbreak in the Midwest that's boosted prices for eggs and roasting turkeys has actually resulted in cheaper chicken in the U.S., as many countries restrict imports of poultry products, the Department of Agriculture said in a report released Tuesday.

Police Investigate Foster Farms After Undercover Video Found

June 17, 2015 8:20 am | by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police are investigating poultry producer Foster Farms after an animal-rights group shot undercover video showing some chickens being slammed upside-down into metal shackles, punched and having their feathers pulled out while they were still alive.

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