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Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

Scientists Compare Environmental Costs of Beef to Other Proteins

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

A new study conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science looked at the five main sources of...

Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and...

Middlemen Eliminated as Local Foods Become Big Business

July 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the growing number of consumers becoming interested in where their food comes from,...

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Report: Drought, Livestock Disease Likely to Increase US Food Prices

July 11, 2014 12:19 pm | by Euler Hermes | News | Comments

U.S. consumers should expect higher grocery store prices as drought and livestock disease have negatively impacted food supply, says a new report. Several products, such as lettuce and grapes are expected to have lower yields than in years past due to water shortage.

Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

July/August 2014: From Farm to Fromage

July 9, 2014 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of the-art facility to carry on a decades-long legacy of producing specialty goat cheese.

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'Right-to-Farm' Amendment Shields Against Anti-GMO, Animal Rights Groups

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a proposed farming amendment to be added to the Missouri Constitution hope amending the constituion could provide a legal shield against efforts by animal welfare groups to restrict particular farming methods or by organic food advocates to prohibit GMOs.

Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

New Iowa Law Allows for Votes to Increase Corn Checkoff

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new law in effect this month would  increase the amount of money collected from Iowa corn. The state's corn industry has had to fight attempts to disparage high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn, as a major contributor to obesity. 

UC President Plans to Safeguard World Food Supply with Global Initiative

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of California President Janet Napolitano has plans to tackle one of the world's most important problems: food. As a former Homeland Security secretary, Napolitano has issued a new UC Global Food Initiative to safeguard the world's food supply.

USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

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Obama Proposes World's Largest Ocean Preserve

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and American Samoa.

Scientist Awarded World Food Prize for Disease-Resistant Wheat

June 19, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crop scientist Sanjaya Rajaram, 71, was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize. He is credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions.

Maine High Court Rejects Unlicensed Raw Milk Sales

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer who wanted the right to sell raw milk without being forced to spend thousands of dollars for upgrades to win a state license, lost his appeal to Maine's highest court. Brown was issued a civil summons in 2011 for selling without a license.

Texas is 'Shocked' by Chipotle Imports of Aussie Beef

June 17, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

Chipotle Mexican Grill — from Australia? The Texas agriculture commissioner says he wants to talk with Chipotle founder Steve Ells after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia because of his beliefs that Australian meat is raised more responsibly.

Food Companies, Farmers Collaborate on Sustainability

June 12, 2014 8:10 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturers relying on farmers for the raw material in their products must take a more active role in ensuring the crops are grown in a way that minimizes damage to water soil and environment. General Mills and Unilever have both adopted sustainability programs.

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VIDEO: Center for Food Safety Celebrates 15 Years

June 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Center for Food Safety | Videos | Comments

The Center for Food Safety celebrates 15 years of fighting "the big guys" in the industry. With a vision of finding better ways to produce foods, CFS represents farmers, environmental organizations and consumers against powerful corporations and the government. 

Grain Lower, Livestock Higher

June 9, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade, with wheat and oats unchanged. Beef and pork were reported higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and agricultural live cattle was 1.20 cents higher at $1.4250 a pound.

EPA Agrees to Pesticide Buffers to Protect Salmon

June 9, 2014 8:27 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA agreed to restore temporary buffer zones for spraying agricultural pesticides along salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington. The buffers prohibit farmers from spraying on the ground within 60 feet of a salmon stream.

University of Florida Finding Could Help Farmers Stop Potato, Tomato Disease

June 6, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences | News | Comments

A University of Florida scientist has pinpointed Mexico as the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help researchers solve the $6 billion-a-year disease that continues to evolve and tormet potato and tomato growers.

Cargill Reports on Sustainable Global Cocoa Journey

June 5, 2014 11:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cargill released its first global progress report on its activities to support cocoa farmers, communities and the development of a sustainable global cocoa supply chain. The report highlights the progress the company has made since its work began a decade ago.

4 Hawaii Farms Settle Thai Workers Discrimination Suit for $2.4M

June 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Hawaii farms, Mac Farms, Kelena Farms, Captain Cook Coffee Co. and Kauai Coffee Co., are settling a discrimination lawsuit for a total of $2.4 million over allegations that they exploited hundreds of Thai workers. The lawsuit was filed in 2011.

Thailand Regains Spot as World's Top Rice Exporter

June 4, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

As the top rice exporter, Thailand hoped to control the market and push prices up. It's unclear if Thailand will maintain the top exporter for the whole year. Thailand said the country exported 3.93 million tons of rice from January to May 20.

J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Hiked Coffee Prices

June 3, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. raised prices for most of its packaged coffee, including Dunkin' Donuts and Folgers brands. The company said it increased prices an average of 9 percent. The price hike came in response to "sustained increases in green coffee costs."

High Tunnels Extend Growing Season in Alaska

June 2, 2014 8:45 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most commercially grown vegetables and fruits are shipped to Alaska from at least 1,400 miles away. High tunnels extend growing seasons by covering crops for weeks on either end and create tiny microclimates that allow warm-weather crops to grow. 

Annie's 4Q Profits Hurt by Organic Wheat Costs

May 30, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Annie's, a natural and organic foods company based in Berkeley, California, was disappointed with its fourth-quarter results. Annie's said the cost of organic wheat and other ingredients and inputs grew, which hurt its profit in the last quarter. 

Coffee Fest Comes to St. Louis

May 30, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

Coffee! Coffee! Get your coffee! Vendors from across the country are on their way to the St. Louis America's Center convention complex this weekend for the annual trade show. Coffee Fest is one of three held yearly, with similar events in New York and Portland.

ConAgra, Cargill Venture Ardent Mills Begins Operations

May 30, 2014 9:00 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver area welcomes Ardent Mills, a joint venture of ConAgra Mills, Cargill and CHS, which began operating yesterday as the nation's largest flour milling company. Some watchdog groups opposed the venture, fearing it could lower prices paid to wheat farmers.

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