posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens.
posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Backyard and vacant lot gardens play a large part in Chicago's total food production.
posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM
2012 was Illinois' 10th driest year. Illinois Radio Network reports that Illinois averaged just more than 30 inches of rainfall across the state - about 10 inches below normal.
posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Hormel Foods is buying the Skippy peanut butter product line from Unilever for approximately $700 million as it looks to strengthen its business overseas and branch out beyond its meat business that includes Spam.
posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM
The storms that recently covered parts of the U.S. with snow won't be enough to ease the nation's drought. In fact, climatologists say, it would take historic snowfalls - an absurd amount, really - to undo the damage inflicted by one of the driest...
posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The union for longshoremen along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico has agreed to extend its contract for 30 days, averting a possible strike that could have crippled operations at ports that handle about 40 percent of all U.S....
posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. banks are ending the year with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish...
posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle its part of a lawsuit stemming from claims the circus abused its elephants.
The circus company's owners announced the...
posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.
posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- When Dan Bell drives through his 35,000-acre cattle ranch, he speaks of the hurdles that the Border Patrol faces in his rolling green hills of oak and mesquite trees - the hours it takes to drive to some places, the...
posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The Agriculture Department sparked controversy last year when it cut in half the region where farmers are prohibited from growing canola -- a plan that was ultimately halted by an appeals court.
posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Experts say there's been a shift to working more with industries once seen as harmful by environmentalists.
posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM
An Associated Press review has found that the Food and Drug Administration has not ruled on nearly 3,500 product applications.
posted on December 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Thursday's weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update shows that roughly 62 percent of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought.
posted on December 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM
Water administrators and state officials from western states have been considering a range of outside-the-box ideas such as piping water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south.