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August 14, 2014

 

USDA inspectors examine a chicken

Critics Blast Revamped Poultry-Inspection Regs

The USDA released new rules for poultry plants last month that allow companies to conduct their own inspections and reduce the number of government inspectors.

August 11, 2014

 

mushrooms on cutting board

Mushrooms Masquerading As Meat

Chefs are figuring out how to stealthily add mushrooms to ground beef to cut fat and calories without sacrificing flavor.

August 7, 2014

 

A child reaching for a lunch consisting of packaged foods

School Lunches From Home Fail To Make The Grade

A new study shows that kids’ packed lunches from home are high in sugar and salt, and fall short of federal nutrition guidelines.

August 6, 2014

 

Farmer John Schweiser

Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.

August 4, 2014

 

Farmer Jeff Jones feeds cows

‘Right To Farm’ Pits Farmer Against Farmer

The amendment has become a hot button issue. On one side: commodity groups. On the other: animal rights groups.

August 4, 2014

 

bag of groceries

Locally-Based Company Plans $3.84 Million Expansion

Grocery delivery service Green BEAN Delivery plans to move and expand headquarters in Indianapolis.

August 2, 2014

 

a wooden model of a benzene ring

Nanotechnology Sneaking Into Food Supply

As the number of nano food products continues to surge, watchdogs say their dangers are still poorly understood and the FDA's new guidelines lack teeth.

August 1, 2014

 

Dairy cows

Forensic Technology Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Milk

Farmers often treat sick cows with antibiotics, but no one wants to ingest any medicine with their cold glass of milk.

August 1, 2014

 

ice cream maker

It’s Ice Cream Season — Make Your Own!

If the news that some ice cream doesn't melt makes you want to create your own, you've come to the right place!

July 30, 2014

 

ice cream sandwich

If It Doesn’t Melt, Is It Still Considered Ice Cream?

A Cincinnati woman was alarmed to discover the ice cream she serves her family doesn't melt. How does the FDA define "ice cream" anyway?

July 25, 2014

 

Palmer Amaranth

Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds

At least 28 states have confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth. And many are struggling with strains resistant to common herbicides.

July 22, 2014

 

Factory workers put chicken meat on an assembly line for processing.

Another Scandal Hits Fast Food Chains In China, Japan

A news report shows McDonald's and Yum! Brands' meat supplier processing expired meat and food that fell on the factory floor.

July 18, 2014

 

Farmer Kate Potter shows chef Terrah King

On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production

Chefs learn about everything from keeping bees to butchering chickens to maintaining healthy soil at Chef Camp.

July 17, 2014

 

A frozen TV dinner made from cheap ingredients

Americans Spend Less On Food Than Most Countries

Americans spend less on groceries, and tend to have poorer diets.

July 15, 2014

 

Moon Farm owner Dave Moon

States Working Out The Kinks To Keep Ag Tourism Growing

Agritourism is becoming bigger business all over the Midwest, with more than 2,000 farms boasting some kind of agritourism.

July 11, 2014

 

A can of soda displayed next to a pile of sugar to demonstrate how much is in each can.

“Added Sugar” Labels Make Candyman Nervous

The FDA's proposal to include “added sugar” to the Nutrition Facts label has sparked cheers from health advocates and fierce opposition from food companies.

July 10, 2014

 

prison

Mounting Complaints About Food In Midwest Prisons

Maggots were found in two Ohio prisons on June 30, and this wasn't the first complaint against Aramark Correctional Services.

July 9, 2014

 

chicken cutlets on a grill

Foster Farms Chicken Recalled Amid Salmonella Outbreak

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella has been linked to Foster Farms chicken in a recent recall, but the magnitude of the outbreak may not yet be felt.

July 9, 2014

 

Mutton busters look on as a participant loses his grip on the sheep.

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

For first-timers, the prospect of hopping on the back of a sheep for a wild ride can stir a range of emotions.

July 7, 2014

 

Kurt Rosentrater with workers in Bangledesh

Feed The Future Seeks Hunger Solutions From The Heartland

One goal of Feed the Future is to help farmers increase yields and production efficiency—and those are lessons the ag schools can share.

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