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Rain-Resistant Coating May Get More Cherries to Your Table

April 20, 2015 2:40 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State Univ. acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.

Almonds Get Roasted in Debate Over Calif. Water Use

April 20, 2015 8:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water...

USDA Says Bird Flu Outbreak Could Prove 'Devastating'

April 17, 2015 9:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years,...

High-Flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth

April 17, 2015 8:40 am | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

Pork prices are sharply lower, as robust global supply growth (driven by the US, Russia and...

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 16, 2015 12:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

India's Die-Hard Hindus Push For Beef Slaughter Ban

April 16, 2015 8:00 am | by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. 

Consumers Buying More Organic Products, New Data Shows

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products in 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday.

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Bird Flu Spreads to Iowa Turkey Flock; 6th Midwest State

April 15, 2015 10:20 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota.

Penn. Slaughterhouse Recalls 1.8K Pounds of Uninspected Veal

April 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse is recalling 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses that were sold to families for Orthodox Easter without being inspected. They didn't bear the Agriculture Department's mark of inspection.

FDA: 'Medically Important' Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to a recent report by the FDA, antibiotics considered "medically important" to humans that were used in food animals increased 20 percent between 2009 and 2013; more than 60 percent of the overall food animal antibiotics in use in 2013 qualified as "medically important."

Wisconsin Records 1st Outbreak of Dangerous Bird Flu Strain

April 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Wisconsin has confirmed its first case of a dangerous bird flu strain that has struck several other Midwest states, including Minnesota and South Dakota.

Environment, Diet Profoundly Linked

April 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

What we eat has a big influence on our environment, in ways beyond the typical carbon footprint questions of local vs. imported or animal vs. vegetable. Researchers have found that what we choose to eat — and what we excrete as waste — can influence the nutrient cycle on a large scale.

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VIDEO: Texas Wineries Pour Ingenuity Into Wild West

April 10, 2015 10:35 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

When you think American wines, your taste buds might expect something from Napa or Sonoma, but it might be time to raise a glass to Texas. Manuel Bojorquez reports on winemakers in the Lone Star State.

First Report of a New Crop Virus in North America

April 10, 2015 10:05 am | by INSTITUTE FOR GENOMIC BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN | News | Comments

Scientists reported evidence of a new mastrevirus. Other members of the mastrevirus genus, a group of DNA viruses, are known to be responsible for decimating yields in staple food crops (including corn, wheat and sugarcane) throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. It has never been reported in North America before.

European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

Jennie-O Turkey Farm in Minn. Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

April 9, 2015 10:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.

Q&A: How Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Playing Out

April 8, 2015 8:25 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Here are some common questions and answers about the outbreak.

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Calif. Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 7, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. Although the restrictions mostly target homeowners and businesses — and leave the state's massive agricultural sector alone — farmers are still likely to feel some impact.

North Dakota Getting $2.3M to Boost Specialty Crops

April 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils, honey and confection sunflowers.

Taiwan Expanding Into Indoor LED-Lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.

US Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the civil charges Wednesday against the two companies. The agency said the companies used "manipulative trading strategies" in December 2011 to artificially lower wheat prices on the spot market.

NAMI Foundation Applauds USDA Food Safety Research Grants

April 2, 2015 7:30 am | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

The grants include funding for research projects focused on food safety and quality as well as mitigating antibiotic resistance.

Falling Corn Prices Stalk Monsanto, Sending 2Q Profits Lower

April 1, 2015 11:48 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The St. Louis agricultural business giant reported a second-quarter profit of $1.42 billion, or $2.92 per share, down from $1.67 billion, or $3.15 per share, in the prior year period. Sales slid to $5.2 billion from $5.8 billion.

USDA: Record Soybean Acres Expected, Corn Acres to Drop

March 31, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres.

VIDEO: A Story of Chickens in America

March 30, 2015 10:35 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

In many parts of the world, chicken is a delicacy. In America, it is easy and accessible. But at what cost? Get a rare glimpse inside the commercial chicken industry with farmer Craig Watts. Then visit a far different chicken farm in the poultry capitol of the world: Georgia.

Dairy Farms Asked to Consider Breeding No-Horn Cows

March 30, 2015 9:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.

Bird Flu Found in Top Minnesota Turkey Producing County

March 30, 2015 9:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

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 other grains, an endeavor that comes as wider consumer interest in gluten-free foods is booming.

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