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Classic Green Bean Casserole Turns 60 Years Old

Green bean casserole

Despite its status as a Midwest holiday staple, Green Bean Casserole didn’t originate in the Midwest. Dorcas Reilly created it in 1955 in New Jersey.

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Food Banks In Need Despite Decline In Hunger

Workers collect 500 pounds of Thanksgiving donations at a Navy food bank in Norco, CA in 2011.

Hunger in the U.S. is at a 7-year low, but food banks are seeing greater demand during the holiday season this year.

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USDA’s MIDAS Computer Program Tarnished


So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.

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No Taxpayer Savings In Farm Bill Commodity Payouts

crop field

Many farmers are receiving their first government payments under the new Farm Bill enacted last year, and taxpayers are spending more than projected.

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Obesity Rate Rises, Cornell Researchers Question Why


The obesity rate rises again. Well over one-third of adult Americans are obese. But a new Cornell study questions, is junk food really the cause?

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‘Neurogastronomy:’ The Taste Of Smell


What if you could change the way your food tastes by manipulating smell?

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Genetically Engineered Salmon Cleared For Human Consumption

atlantic salmon

The FDA made the announcement today, although it will likely be a while before the "frankenfish" hit supermarket shelves.

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Welsh Rarebit Or: How To Up Your Grilled Cheese Game


This rich cheese sauce can be enjoyed as a dip with toasted baguette or as a topper for toast.

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Rethink Deep Frying With Tempura Green Beans


Think about deep frying like this... You're immersing the green beans in a really hot environment and steaming them from the inside out.

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Housing Hens Ruffles Some Feathers In The Egg Industry

hens in a cage

There's more to housing hens than square inches. Some egg farmers argue the cage-free barns are less humane than traditional hen housing.

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Did Bird Flu Steal Thanksgiving?

Young domesticated turkeys explore an enclosure

The average price of turkey has increased 20 percent this year after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.

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FDA Releases Food Import Standards

Produce in Han Market

As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA released safety guidelines to ensure imported produce is held to the same standards as U.S. products.

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There Are Jobs In Ag, Just Not Enough New Grads To Fill ‘Em

Students at Colorado State University greenhouse

Part of the problem in filling these jobs is location. Many recent college grads look to major cities for their first jobs, not the rural Midwest.

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Should Schools Include Canned Food In ‘Fresh’ Snack Program?

Cans of fruit cocktail line shelves in a store

A group of U.S. Senators want to expand a "fresh food" school snack program to include frozen, canned, dried and pureed fruits and vegetables.

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