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Corn yield to fall to 17-year low due to drought
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The government slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second consecutive month Friday, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.

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  • USDA revises corn, soybean crop estimates dramatically lower (USA Today)
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  • Corn prices hit record after US cuts harvest hopes (AgriMoney)
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    USDA taking new steps to fight food stamp fraud
    The Associated Press via The New York Times
    The Agriculture Department on Thursday came out with new steps to fight fraud in food stamps. The actions announced by Kevin Concannon, under secretary of agriculture, include giving the department new authority to penalize retailers who traffic in food stamps and requiring states to make use of federal databases, including prison and death records, to ensure that food benefits go to those who are eligible. More
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    Is Team Organic outspending Team Big Ag in GMO label fight?
    Mother Jones
    As California's Proposition 37 vote draws near, advocates and opponents are blanketing the state in efforts to prevail. Millions of dollars have been raised — and spent — in the process.

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    Fox News poll: Obama leads Romney by 9 percentage points
    POLITICO
    A new Fox News survey gives President Barack Obama a 49 percent to 40 percent lead over his Republican challenger, amid signs that Romney's favorable ratings are falling; last month, the same poll gave Obama only a 4-point lead. More
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    Poll: Voters prefer Rubio as VP
    The Hill
    A new CNN/ORC poll released Thursday found Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to be Republicans' preferred choice for Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, while other handicappers' favorites — like Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — failed to crack double-digit support. More
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    3 polls show Obama widening lead over Romney
    The Washington Post
    A bumpy overseas trip and a month of pummeling by Democratic ads depicting Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat and possible tax evader appear to have taken a toll.

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  • Romney campaign: Don't 'read too much' into slipping polls (The Hill)
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    Debate over 'fiscal cliff' weighs on growth
    The Wall Street Journal
    Dithering in Washington over the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set for year-end is already hindering economic growth, according to economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

    Editor's note: Frozen food executives can learn how the pending debate on the "fiscal cliff" confronting Congress will impact their companies at the American Frozen Food Institute's Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. More information, including registration deadlines, can be found here.
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    Local food is trendy, but is it really more eco-friendly?
    USA Today
    Local food, hip among urbanites and touted at the White House, is stirring more debate as new research suggests its benefits have been oversold. More
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    Attempts to avoid food crisis may worsen problem
    Ag Professional
    Attempts by major food importing nations to shelter their populations from the effects of a U.S. drought may make a bad situation worse, five years after the last jump in crop prices provoked rioting in some of the world's most fragile states. More
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    Catfish controversy roils congress, costs taxpayers millions
    U.S. News & World Report
    It may be August recess on Capitol Hill, but a heated debate over wasteful spending and special interest groups — centering on the unassuming catfish — isn't over just yet. More
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    Inspectors to begin new poultry verification process Oct. 28
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    FSIS inspectors will implement a new directive Oct. 28 designed to ensure poultry establishments that are part of the Public Health Information System are taking proper steps to prevent contamination throughout the slaughter, processing and chilling processes. More
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    Canada narrows inspection process to strengthen food safety
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency via U.S. Politics Today
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing a single approach to food inspection that will provide consistent and appropriate oversight across all regulated food commodities — either imported or produced domestically. More
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    Consumers fuzzy on fortified, functional foods
    Progressive Grocer
    A qualitative study investigates consumers' perceptions about two nutritious food groups: functional foods that contain natural health benefits and fortified foods that contain calcium and vitamins. The study found a lack of available information in terms of what types of foods are healthy and what health benefits each of these foods offer prompt a major consumer challenge. More
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    US exports buck slowdown
    The Wall Street Journal
    The U.S. trade deficit with other countries narrowed to $42.9 billion in June from $48 billion a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday, as imports fell and exports grew. More
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    Cargill profit slides 82 percent in Q4
    Food Ingredients First
    Consolidated revenues in fiscal 2012 were $133.9 billion, up 12 percent from $119.5 billion year-over-year. Fourth-quarter revenues were $34 billion, a 2 percent drop from the year prior. More
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    Pinnacle Foods reports challenges in Q2
    Business Wire
    Pinnacle Foods Finance LLC Thursday announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 24, 2012. Net sales for the quarter decreased 2 percent to $589 million, compared to net sales of $602 million in the second quarter of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, net sales of $1.21 billion were essentially even year-over-year. More
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    Millennials expected to increase foodservice spending
    Pizza Marketplace
    New research from Technomic indicates the Millennial generation has a positive outlook on the future and is expected to increase spending on foodservice in the coming year. More
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    iPhone device tests food to confirm 'organic' claims
    News for Shoppers
    Since 2000, the demand for organically grown food has steadily increased and has grown into a $30 billion dollar industry. However, unless you're a farmer, how can you be sure what you're eating is indeed grass-fed and free of hormones and antibiotics? Lapka has developed a handy iPhone attachment to authenticate organic food. More
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    Global aseptic packaging to grow 24 percent in next 5 years
    Packaging Digest
    The world market for aseptically packed products amounted to 123 billion liters in 269 billion packs during 2011, according to the new Global Aseptic Packaging report from food and drinks consultancy Zenith Intl. and packaging experts Warrick Research. More
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    Canadian beef group develops Web resource for processors
    Global Meat News
    The Canadian Beef Cattle Research Council has developed a new website to disseminate research and industry information to producers, veterinarians, meat processors and other industry stakeholders. More
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    TSU to study consumer food safety
    The Tennessean
    Tennessee State University's College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Science this week received a $2.44 million federal grant, the second largest in the college's history, to help reduce food safety mishaps among consumers who handle and cook poultry and egg products. More
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