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Drought ripples to food processors
The Wall Street Journal
As the Midwest bakes amid an unrelenting drought, farmers aren't the only ones sweating. Companies that rely on a big U.S. corn crop, such as grain exporter and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co., have watched their share prices tumble the past several weeks as the prospect of ample supplies has shriveled and corn prices have skyrocketed to record highs.

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    ConAgra to buy Unilever's North American frozen foods
    Reuters
    ConAgra Foods Inc. agreed to buy Unilever Plc.'s North American frozen meal business for $265 million, adding the premium Bertolli and P.F. Chang's brands to its existing frozen meal portfolio. More
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    Groups battle over ranchers' request to ease ethanol rule
    The Hill
    Interest groups on both sides of the corn ethanol debate are stepping up their messaging on an Environmental Protection Agency rule that lawmakers have targeted in recent weeks: the renewable fuel standard, which requires 15 billion gallons of domestic corn ethanol production by 2022.

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    Obama and Romney enter the final 100 days
    The Washington Post
    Say one thing for the 2012 presidential campaign: It has been remarkably consistent. With fewer than 100 days before voters vote on Nov. 6 and with the London Olympics forcing the race and the candidates off the front page, it's worth reflecting on where the contest has been and where it's headed.

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    5 things to watch this week in Congress
    The Washington Post
    There's one week left before lawmakers flee Washington for a monthlong summer recess and a renewed focus on the November elections. After this week the House and Senate will have just 13 legislative days left between Labor Day and Election Day. More
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    Swing states give Obama the edge
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama has an overall edge in the 12 decisive battleground states that is measurably greater than his advantage in national polling.

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    Montana race a dead heat
    The Wall Street Journal
    A third-generation farmer and a fifth-generation rancher are locked in a dogfight for a Senate seat in Montana, conducting a race with an outsized impact on the national political stage. More
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    CDC: Foodborne illnesses not diminishing
    The Washington Post
    The most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the rates of infections linked to 4 out of 5 key pathogens it tracks — Salmonella, Vibrio, Campylobacter and Listeria — have remained relatively steady or increased from 2007 through 2011; the lone exception is a strain of E. coli, which has been tied to fewer illnesses in the same time frame. Food safety advocates say the report underscores the need to put into place the landmark food safety bill signed by President Barack Obama more than a year ago. More
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    Egg producers warn prices could double without legislation
    USAgNet
    Consumer egg prices could double in many states if an amendment to the Egg Products Inspection Act isn't passed by Congress, egg farmers testified in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture last week. More
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    Self-affirmed GRAS under fire again as PEW highlights 'loophole that appears to have swallowed the law'
    Food Navigator-USA
    There are serious weaknesses in a system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of food ingredients without the approval or knowledge of regulators, according to researchers conducting a probe into the nation's food additives law. More
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    European Commission eyeing free trade offensive
    Agra Europe (subscription required)
    The EU economy will be boosted by $306 billion in the long run if the bloc's ongoing trade deals are concluded, estimates the European Commission, with talks with the U.S. likely to kick off next year. More
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    EU food groups take stand on CAP priorities
    Food Navigator
    Fairness in the food supply chain must be addressed alongside other priorities related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, according to farmers' union representatives. More
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    Opinion: Keep HOS working
    Transport Topics
    Despite the excellent track record of the 2004 hours of service rule revision, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration caved in to outside pressure to modify the rule in ways we believe will reduce highway safety, not enhance it. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    Soda companies work on 'healthy' product to silence critics
    Medical Daily
    In the wake of proposed bans, slumping sales and crticism from many sectors, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper and other soda manufacturers are looking for a soda with no artificial sweeteners, no calories and no funny aftertaste. More
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    NFU forum targets key challenges for UK potato industry
    Farming Online
    Water abstraction reforms, plant health services costs and supply chain relationships are just some of the challenges the NFU's Potato Forum will tackle in the next year, it has been announced. More
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    Novel approaches to rapid chilling
    Meatingplace
    Because of a variety of product sizes and shapes, it is often challenging to achieve HACCP-required chilled temperatures within FSIS time limits, especially for relatively large products, and a variety of rapid chilling procedures have been suggested. These include some novel approaches such as vacuum cooling and immersion vacuum cooling in addition to the more traditional air blast and water/brine chilling methods. More
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    UK ag group: Changes required to food supply chain
    Supply Management
    A steering group led by U.K. farming minister Jim Paice will be developing initiatives and good practices to improve the sustainability of the U.K. food chain as part of an ongoing project. More
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    Pizza museum set to open in August
    Pizza Marketplace
    A new museum-restaurant devoted entirely to pizza is set to open next month in Philadelphia. The location is the brainchild of Brian Dwyer who, according to NPR, owns the world's largest collection of pizza-related items. More
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