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Hormel Foods to buy organic meat company Applegate for $775 million

Hormel Foods Corp, the maker of Spam lunch meat, said it would buy meat processor Applegate Farms LLC for about $775 million to expand its natural and organic meat products.

Montana Department of Livestock warns against showing waterfowl during bird flu outbreak

The Montana Department of Livestock recommends that privately owned waterfowl sit out this coming show season citing the risk of avian influenza. Waterfowl can carry the highly pathogenic bird flu virus without showing signs of disease, increasing the risk for spread to other poultry.

U.S. wheat plunges on dollar rally, technical selling

CHICAGO - U.S. wheat futures plunged more than 4 percent on Tuesday as pressure from a strong dollar and technical selling outweighed concerns about crop damage due to heavy rain in the southern Plains.

Dayton veto of ag bill with buffer rules surprises, disappoints

Ag leaders active in writing Minnesota's Environment and Agriculture Omnibus bill say they were somewhat surprised Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it, but most say they are optimistic that compromises over the buffer initiative will remain the same when the bill is reconsidered during a special session in June.

El Nino seen bringing drought to Brazil's north, heavy rains to south

Brazil will likely experience a moderate El Nino by the end of the year, bringing steady rain to the country's main grain producing regions and sustained drought in the arid north, the national meteorological institute, Inmet, says.

Ag businesses fail to fill jobs

Ag businesses fail to fill jobs

Despite increased enrollment in agriculture-related studies, job demand outweighs the number of graduates, with the industry expecting to be unable to fill 22,500 positions each year.

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Crop dusting plane crashes near Casselton, N.D., airport

Crop dusting plane crashes near Casselton, N.D., airport

A man has been hospitalized after crashing his crop duster Monday near the Casselton Regional Airport, the state Highway Patrol said. The pilot was described as a 70-year-old man but the patrol did not release other identifying details or the extent of the injury.

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Kevin Kolman, grill master for Weber Grills, talks about the keys to good grilling and why they’re so important for him.

COOL comes under pressure

Summer meals for many begin on the grill. What if I told you the sanctity of throwing a burger or steak on the grill is under attack? And this attack is specifically directed at your rights as a consumer?

U.S. seen sticking to 'blend wall' in long-awaited biofuels mandates

NEW YORK - U.S. authorities are set to shake up the nation's complex and contentious renewable fuels policy in the coming days, issuing requirements expected to affirm that use of ethanol in motor fuels has, for now, hit a saturation point.

Playing with food may help preschoolers become less picky eaters

Parents who have tried in vain to teach their preschoolers table manners may have a new reason to give up the fight. Playing with food may actually help kids overcome a fear of new flavors and eat a more varied diet, a small study suggests.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

NEW DELHI - Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.

Oil drops below $65 on U.S. shale outlook, dollar

LONDON - Oil fell below $65 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by the possibility that U.S. shale oil producers could increase drilling activity and by a stronger dollar.

Small food makers on fast path to US store shelves, threatening big producers

NEW YORK - Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry.

Top EU companies urge drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions

PARIS - Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs.

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