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USDA supply/demand report could fuel food inflation
Reuters via Canadian Cattlemen
The U.S. government is expected this week to slash another 15 percent off its estimate of this year's drought-decimated corn crop, likely adding to growing angst in nations like China and India that are fighting to tamp down inflation.

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    FDA's new outbreak response team records busy startup year
    Food Safety News
    When the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network was launched last summer, its teams were tested almost immediately, as was the Food and Drug Administration's new approach to outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. More
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    Senators ask EPA for waiver on corn-ethanol mandate
    USAgNet
    A bipartisan group of senators followed 156 House lawmakers in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help livestock and poultry farmers deal with severe drought conditions by waiving the federal mandate that requires corn-ethanol to be blended into gasoline. More
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    Romney's favorability ratings stall
    The Washinton Post
    Mitt Romney's favorability ratings have stalled over the course of his campaign's bumpy summer months, with his earlier improvements as he was wrapping up the Republican nomination in the spring appearing to flat-line, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. More
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    Obama leads in Virginian Wisconsin; Romney in Colorado
    The Washington Post
    A new swing-state poll from The New York Times, CBS and Quinnipiac University finds President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney splitting key battlegrounds.

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  • Economy remains Obama's albatross (The Hill)
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    Obama sees victory road through Colorado
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday will travel to Colorado, a tragedy-stricken swing state he is determined to keep in his column. Obama's role as "consoler -in-chief" in Colorado could solidify his support in the state, observers say. More
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    Prop 37 cheat sheet: Labeling GE foods
    KCET
    KCET has posted a fact page to be updated as the California election nears, providing an inside look at the issues surrounding Proposition 37, a plan to require the labeling of any genetically engineered food.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.
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    Cool Lumens Inc.
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    Mexican company seeks to join cross-border trucking program
    Office of the Federal Register
    Mexico-based long-haul provider GCC Transportes SA de CV has applied to participate in the cross-border trucking pilot program, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking feedback on its pre-authorization safety audit request. More
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    DOE price predictions rise
    Truckinginfo
    The Department of Energy's projections for oil and fuel prices for the rest of the year are higher than they were last month, according to the monthly Short Term Energy Outlook from the DOE's Energy Information Administration. More
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    McDonald's sales stall as rivals, economy take a bite
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    McDonald's says a key revenue figure came in flat in July as diners pulled back amid a persistently weak economy. After years of outperforming rivals by emphasizing value and rolling out popular new items, the stall is also a sign that competition is intensifying for the world's biggest hamburger chain. More
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    Productivity, labor costs rise
    The Wall Street Journal
    The productivity of U.S. workers grew mildly in April through June, reflecting a slow improvement in the overall economy, even as labor costs moved higher. More
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    Dean Foods reports better-than-expected revenue
    Wall St. Cheat Sheet
    Dean Foods has reported second-quarter revenue that beat company officials' expectations, with a profit of $56.2 million for the quarter. Analysts expected 31 cents per share with revenue of $3.11 billion, while the results showed 30 cents per share but revenue of $3.13 billion. More
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    Campbell completes Bolthouse Farms acquisition
    Progressive Grocer
    Campbell Soup Co. has completed the acquisition of Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion and plans to operate the Bakersfield, Calif., Bolthouse as a separate business unit. More
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    BioCrossroads tags Indiana as food, ag innovation center
    Pork Magazine
    Indiana is poised to become a global crossroads for food and agricultural innovation, according to the latest BioCrossroads' report, "Food and Agricultural Innovation — 21st-Century Opportunities for Indiana," released after nearly two years of in-depth research and interviews. More
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    Report: Fewer trans fats in junk food lowered cholesterol in kids
    The Associated Press via MPR
    Finally some good news about cholesterol and kids: A big government study shows that in the past decade, the proportion of children who have high cholesterol has fallen.

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    Predicting tenderness and lasting color in meat
    Agricultural Research
    If superior beef tenderness isn't enough to whet your appetite, a system that predicts both beef and pork tenderness as well as color stability in both meats may be something you can sink your teeth into. More
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    Research: Taste perceptions shaped by national cultures
    Food Navigator
    A study in Food Quality and Preference has shown cultural perceptions affect what food a consumer will deem tasty. In the study, Americans linked unhealthy food choices with good flavor, while the opposite proved true in French participants. More
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    Roadrunner buys 2 refrigerated trucking companies
    The Journal of Commerce
    Roadrunner Transportation Systems has acquired two refrigerated truckload carriers — R&M Transportation an Sortino Transportation — and expanded its credit facility to pave the way for more acquisitions. More
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    Research facility to serve up E. coli sausage, Listeria cheese
    Food Processing
    Norwegian food scientists are creating food contaminated with deadly pathogens. Escherichia coli sausages and Listeria monocytogenes cheese are among the foodstuffs that will be on the menu at a new facility that will focus on foodborne pathogens. More
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    New blueberry varieties being prepped for sale
    Agricultural Research
    Blueberry growers and consumers alike stand to benefit from Gupton and Pearl, two new southern highbush cultivars developed by Agricultural Research Service researchers in Poplarville, Miss. More
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    Cultured meat from petri to plate: 'People don't eat experiments'
    Food Navigator-USA
    Dr. Nicholas Genovese is one of a handful of scientists around the world working on what he calls cultured meat, producing "real meat from real animal cells, without the animal issue." His goal is to optimize the sustainability, food safety and, ultimately, affordability of in vitro meat. More
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