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FDA Relaxes Water Quality Standards

September 22, 2014 10:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards.                                  

Cargill To Close Corn Milling Plant

September 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill will close its corn milling plant in Memphis, Tennessee early next year,...

Nestle Purina Plant Investigation Begins

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four...

Dust Explosion Injures 4

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in...

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A Sweet Business Budding

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by Food Manufacturing | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to check out a Denver food company's dive into the new edibles business, focusing on transparency, technology, and consumer-education in a new, controversial market.

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 10:32 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts more regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, and would threaten farmers' ability to farm their own land.

Texas Producers Find New Oil Fields — Olive Groves

September 8, 2014 4:20 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Texas has been known for its oil production for almost 150 years. Now, a new oil industry is sprouting in what may bring producers cash and consumers a local, edible choice — olive oil.                             

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Processing Alligator Is A Growing Business

September 8, 2014 10:15 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press | News | Comments

Thousands of hunters are plying Florida waters every night this time of year, searching the swamps for a prize alligator to take during the state's annual 11-week public hunt.                          

Toward Safer Anhydrous Ammonia

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An effective but dangerous pressurized gas known as anhydrous ammonia has been used for years to deliver nitrogen to soil and crops, and a safer delivery method that uses dry pellets is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 28, 2014 3:53 pm | by Institute of Food Technologies | News | Comments

It's that time of the year again when people are starting to fire up the grill for tailgating season! IFT spokesperson Guy Crosby, PhD, CFS provides insight into the food science behind BBQ.                      

Turning Coffee Water Into Energy

August 28, 2014 3:39 pm | by UTZ Certified | News | Comments

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.                     

Scientists Call For Halt In Non-Essential Use Of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Technical University of Denmark - National Food Institute | News | Comments

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

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Protesters Gather Against Proposed Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                           

Potato Processor Strike Enters Third Week

August 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Simplot spokesperson told the station that the company may move employees working in other U.S. factories to the one in Grand Forks if the strike isn't settled by full fall production.                         

Turning Carp Into Cash

August 14, 2014 3:47 pm | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company called American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food, be it for humans or livestock.

Farmers Anxiously Await Herbicide Decision

August 13, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D herbicide that's been around since the 1940s. It's partly a game of catch-up for the agriculture industry, as many farmers are dealing with weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate, an herbicide commonly used on corn and soybeans now.

Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:42 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                         

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Oyster Harvest Still Feels The BP Pain

August 12, 2014 10:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

Sustainable Tubing Solution

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) announces that it has incorporated the technology behind Tygon S3™, a safe, smart and sustainable tubing solution, throughout its portfolio of tubing for food, beverage and dairy transfer and dispensing applications.

USDA Grain Inspectors Won't Cross Picket Lines

August 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture grain inspectors are refusing to walk past picket lines and into a grain terminal in Vancouver, Washington.                                

Dual View X-Ray System

August 5, 2014 10:08 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Introducing the Eagle™ Tall PRO XSDV, a dual view x-ray system designed to detect and remove up to 50% smaller sized contaminants located in rigid and glass containers.

Food Lab Explosion Caused By Mechanical Failure

August 4, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                           

An ammonia leak and fire have shut down a beef processing plant in eastern Nebraska, but no employees were injured.

Cattle Shortage Closes Cargill Beef Plant

July 30, 2014 4:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill says it plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                 

Fish Processing Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

July 28, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person died and three others were injured in an explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                     

Tyson To Sell Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                            

ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.                    

Pushing For Carp Processing In Peoria

July 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in the Peoria area say they're trying to attract an Asian carp processing plant to central Illinois.                                   

ADM Makes $3B Natural Flavor Deal

July 8, 2014 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland already makes sweeteners, fibers, emulsifiers and an array of other ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks. Now it's getting in the business of natural flavors.                           

ConAgra Completes Oregon Expansion

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. has completed a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon.                                    

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