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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.

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Soybots: A Robotic Garden That Seeks Light to Grow Soybeans

February 12, 2015 4:40 am | by Purdue University | Videos | Comments

Purdue Univ. professors designed a robotic platform allowing indoor plants to search for light to sustain nourishment. Soybots were created by McMullen and Fabian Winkler, an associate professor of electronic and time-based art.

DNR Puts Brakes on Conversion of Forests to Potato Fields in Minnesota

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fargo, North Dakota-based potato giant R.D. Offutt Co. has purchased about 12,000 acres of pine forests in four Minnesota counties with plans to clear and convert them into irrigated farmland for potatoes and other rotational crops.     

CA Ban on Inhumane Farm Animal Cages Upheld

February 5, 2015 9:25 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Egg farmer William Cramer was once again dismissed when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the earlier decision of a lower court to toss out Cramer’s lawsuit, which challenged a law which bans inhumane caging of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves.

Offer of Legal Aid Over Big Isle GMO to be Considered

February 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii County Council is scheduled to consider an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops. The county council is scheduled to hold an executive session at its Wednesday meeting in Hilo.

Panel Reverses Decision, Says White Potatoes OK For WIC Recipients

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor. The Institute of Medicine reversed itself and said white potatoes should be eligible for subsidized vouchers under the government's Women, Infants and Children program. 

How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016

February 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Here is an agency-by-agency look at how President Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1. In the agricultural department, for example, Obama has proposed a new food safety agenda dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe.

Vermont's Dairy Industry Milking in the Money, Study Says

February 3, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new study says Vermont's dairy industry brings in big money. The assessment, which was funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, looks at the value that the state's top agriculture product brings to its people. Find out what some of the top findings are here.

Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

VIDEO: Innovations in the Food World Often Start With Technology

January 28, 2015 9:45 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

From agriculture to production, innovations in the food world often start with technology. Where better to find a mass of these innovative ideas than in the epicenter of entrepreneurs and tech startups: Silicon Valley.        

Fish Catch Break on World Stage at Global Conference

January 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

More than 60 million people in low-income nations rely on inland fisheries for their livelihood, which has left the inland fishery industry a poor competitor for water against agriculture, energy, commercial development and industry.    

Fueled by Oil, Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015 forecast to be about $1 lower than last year, farmers this spring may end up planting more energy-intensive crops.

Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop of Hops

January 27, 2015 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report from the Hop Growers of America shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.           

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