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WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

Nebraska Turkey Producer Branches Out to Raising Chickens

October 20, 2014 10:03 am | by NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star | News | Comments

Bill Bevans, ...

Small Producers Have New Crop Insurance Option

October 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and mid-size producers who were once unable to insure their crops, including cattle and...

Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050,...

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VIDEO: Ebola Impact's Nestle's Cocoa Supply

October 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke says the company might have to dip into its cocoa reserves to offset the impact of Ebola.                                       

VIDEO: Flying Fish? Cannon Helps Move Salmon Upriver to Spawn

October 17, 2014 9:58 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

In the Pacific Northwest, the salmon are running. They migrate from the ocean into rivers where they eventually spawn on gravel beds. But on the Washougal River near the border of Washington State and Oregon, Ben Tracy found the Salmon are hitching a ride.

EPA Approves Popular Weed Killer For Genetically Modified Crops

October 15, 2014 2:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month.

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Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

Ebola Could Have Significant Impact on Global Food Security

October 14, 2014 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

One example of how the health care crisis more than 5,000 miles away could affect food production in the United States is the potential impact on the production and distribution of cocoa beans used in making chocolate.     

Photos: World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Entrants in the prettiest pumpkin category were lifted into the air for the crowd at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. A 2,058 lb. pumpkin grown by John Hawkley took first place and set a new North American record. 

Hog Farms Rebound From Virus That Killed Millions of Piglets

October 13, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has waned. As pig numbers increase, steep prices on things like bacon should ease.            

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to Open $4M Corn-Mill Facility

October 13, 2014 9:09 am | by JIM MIMIAGA, Cortez Journal | News | Comments

"Value-added agriculture" is a popular phrase in rural areas for locally processing a raw crop into a more profitable, packaged food item. The mill will produce and package several varieties of food-grade cornmeal under the Bow and Arrow brand name.

Kerry: Time is Running Out to Address Climate Change

October 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real and significant ways, like serious food shortages. He said the world needs to confront the threat of climate change now while there is still time.    

Food Companies Spend Heavily to Defeat GMO Food Labeling Votes

October 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

Citizen initiatives on the November 4 ballots in both Colorado and Oregon would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packages. The pending votes have sparked a high-priced battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

Getting the Most Out of Aquaculture: Pearls of Wisdom

October 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by American Physiological Society (APS) | News | Comments

As global populations rise, so does the demand for seafood. In developing nations, fish and seafood often comprise a large portion of the diet. Aquaculture is a booming business and the fastest growing form of global food production.     

Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 7, 2014 2:26 pm | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

In a recent study by The Hartman Group, 76 percent of consumers said they prefer companies that avoid inhumane treatment of animals. Many people believe that content animals who lived good lives will provide more nutritious meat.     

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October is 'Get to Know GMOs' Month

October 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by GMO Answers | News | Comments

This month GMO Answers invites the public to "Get to Know GMOs."  With consumers' conscious efforts to know more about how their food is grown, GMO Answers provides an online resource for information on GMOs and how food is grown.   

4 Reasons to Start Eating Insects

October 7, 2014 1:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While the practice of eating insects may seem extreme, it’s been the way of life for many people around the world for centuries. If Americans could just get over the ick-factor, perhaps they would see the nutritional benefits insects actually provide.

GMO Ban Impractical? Maui Mayor Says Yes

October 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Maui News, Wailuku, Hawaii | News | Comments

Maui Major Alan Arakawa has ruled a proposed moratorium on genetically modified crops as impractical. The moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in the county until companies could prove their practices are safe.

USDA Plans to Resurvey 1,400 Small Grain Farmers

October 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA plans to resurvey 1,400 small grain farmers in the Upper Midwest and West who still had crops in the field when they were asked a month ago about their yearly production. The information could result in a revision of estimates of wheat, barley and oat production.

USDA: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Montana

September 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has found unregulated genetically modified wheat in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S trade.

Study: No Signs of Health Problems From GMO Livestock Feed

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Journal of Animal Science | News | Comments

A new review from the University of California finds that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed has been comparable to that of animals consuming non-GE feed.           

Calif. May Impose Steep Restrictions on Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years.        

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 could hurt business. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included water and soil quality standards that farms big and small say are too burdensome.

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 craft beer industry that opens a brewery a day, Washington commercial growers, located exclusively in the Yakima Valley, boosted their hop acreage by 7 percent and expect the largest crop in five years. 

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 develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of GMOs.

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.

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