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  • Crab season a bit pinched in Delaware, Maryland

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When you look at $200 plus for a bushel of blue crabs, shake your head and say "no way," there's just one thing to do: Blame it on the weather. And we're not talking about the chilly winter of 2014, either, at least not here in Delaware Bay. Think back to September and...

  • Manhattan Moment: A new layer of regulation would boost cost of onions but not safety

    A proposed federal food safety rule would drastically increase costs for American onion farmers and consumers, without any improvement in public safety.

  • Deere takes a hit as farm economy weakens

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere's profit slumped 15 percent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production. Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the cuts will bring production "in line with demand for our...

  • Tony the Tiger and the Keebler elves are fighting climate change

    Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek, Mich., food-maker perhaps more known for Raisin Bran than its environmental practices, announced plans Wednesday to curb greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain -- including from agriculture, which chips in 10 percent of U.S. emissions. 

  • Those at the front lines of junk-food food stamp purchases rail at USDA secrecy

    Information on how many food stamp dollars are redeemed at which stores has long been deemed a "trade secret" by a U.S. Department of Agriculture that critics believe views large retailers, not taxpayers, as its clientele.

  • Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted wing drosophila (droh-SAHF'-uh-luh) arrived in the U.S. from...

  • Farm Bureau president scoffs at Vladimir Putin's agriculture import ban

    In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to limit U.S. agricultural imports, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman responded by saying, in effect, "What, you think this bothers us?"

  • USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops excelling

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn and soybean crops are faring well. The USDA says in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state's corn is rated as either good or excellent. Ninety-four percent of the crop is silking, mirroring the...

  • Agricultural tourism touted as way to boost rural economies

    CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The West Virginia...

  • Va. ranks No. 9 in US for farmers markets

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is among the top 10 states in the country when it comes to farm markets. The rankings were released Saturday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service, which now lists more than 8,200 farm markets nationwide. That's a 76 percent...

  • USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is attempting to cut down on thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of...

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. Read...

  • Food fight: Cafeteria workers say kids don't want Michelle Obama's lunches, sales down in 49 states

    School cafeteria workers slapped as "offensive" the first lady's latest criticism that some school districts have given up and are just lazily serving junk food.

  • The U.S. spent $35 million trying to grow this crop in Afghanistan

    American Soybean Association was given $34.4 million in federal funds in 2009 to try to jumpstart soybean farming in Afghanistan, according to the government watchdog over American work there.

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