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November 19, 2015

 

atlantic salmon

Genetically Engineered Salmon Cleared For Human Consumption

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

November 18, 2015

 

hens in a cage

Housing Hens Ruffles Some Feathers In The Egg Industry

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

November 17, 2015

 

Young domesticated turkeys explore an enclosure

Did Bird Flu Steal Thanksgiving?

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

November 16, 2015

 

Produce in Han Market

FDA Releases Food Import Standards

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.

November 16, 2015

 

Students at Colorado State University greenhouse

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

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.

November 16, 2015

 

Cans of fruit cocktail line shelves in a store

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

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.

November 13, 2015

 

Waiting in line at a food store

FDA Wants Your Help Defining ‘Natural’

Consumer advocacy groups have sounded the alarm for years about defining the word "natural" in natural foods, and the FDA is listening -- again.

November 12, 2015

 

A swirl tops a jar of peanut butter

Senator Takes Aim At Caffeinated Peanut Butter

A U.S. senator is calling for an investigation into caffeine-added foods after a company launched a new peanut butter brand with extra pep.

November 10, 2015

 

hemp conference

Grassroots Group Hosts Hemp Symposium In Noblesville

The Indiana Hemp Industries Association hosted four speakers who talked about the many obstacles preventing hemp from going mainstream in the state.

November 10, 2015

 

mealworms

Meat Alternatives Want A Part Of Your Dinner Plate

The people pushing insect cuisine make compelling arguments. They say insects are high in protein and calcium, and they’re easier on the environment.

November 10, 2015

 

rye grass and old corn crops

Nitrates A Costly, Persistent Problem For Small Towns

Nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields helps crops grow, but if there’s too much left over in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates.

November 9, 2015

 

hay bales

Why Traversing State Roads With Farm Machinery Isn’t Simple

For farmers, traveling on the road with machinery isn't always easy. Even something as short as a three-mile drive can be an ordeal.

November 5, 2015

 

Volunteers count pallets of donations at a food bank

Study Finds Many Food Pantries Need Safety Upgrades

New research has brought to light significant concerns about the way food pantries handle food and keep up to date with recalls.

November 5, 2015

 

Diverse E coli

E. coli Outbreak Shutters Chipotle Across Northwest

43 Chipotle restaurants have been closed following an outbreak of E. coli, while a ground beef outbreak has been traced to a Nebraska plant.

November 4, 2015

 

larry howard feeding pigs

The Problem With Pets In Farm Country

It's not just abandoned cats, dogs that kill animals. Farmer Larry Howard says area pets that are allowed to roam free have caused problems for his livestock.

November 3, 2015

 

Farmer Erik Terstriep

‘Combine Karaoke’ And Cursing: Sounds Of Harvest In Midwest

Some farmers make business calls behind the wheel or listen to sports radio. One man in Illinois has gotten attention for writing poetry while harvesting.

November 3, 2015

 

cattle

Farmers Raising Meat Look To Keep Up With Your Changing Diet

The most recent dietary guidelines recommend most Americans eat about .21 pounds of meat per day. Most Americans average about .36 pounds of meat per day.

November 2, 2015

 

Candy corns displayed in a bowl

Study Shows Fast Gains In Child Heath For Cutting Sugar

New evidence shows that obese children who cut back on sugar get significant health benefits after only ten days.

October 29, 2015

 

raw chicken for sale

Consumers Should Demand Better Treatment Of Poultry Workers

Oxfam America released a report calling on consumers to help better working conditions for the people who work at the four largest poultry producers.

October 28, 2015

 

Jonathan Lundgren

USDA Whistleblower Claims Censorship Of Pesticide Research

Jonathan Lundgren’s work has included extensive examination of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides widely used by farmers to control pest damage to corn.

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