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North Carolina Lawmakers Rush Pasture-Raised Turkeys to Thanksgiving Tables

Farmer Duane Smith of Riverbend Heritage Farm in Stanley, North Carolina, had planned to have his pasture-raised turkeys processed on the Monday …

Agriculture

Farmers Who Would Gain From the Tax Bill Are Wary of Losing Subsidies Later

Farm lobbyists are warily watching the tax-overhaul legislation moving through Congress, which comes with some favorable terms for them now but may …

Agriculture

Hog, Cattle Futures Bounce; Pork Belly Stocks Rise

Hog futures surged to a two-week high on Wednesday as a government report showed falling pork stocks.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a monthly report that stocks of frozen pork fell to 597.3 million pounds on Oct. 31, down 3% from a month earlier and slightly lower than the same time …

Markets

Want To Volunteer On Thanksgiving? You May Want To Wait For The Summer Instead

The holiday season can bring out the best in charitable Americans, with many offering to lend a helping hand at food banks and soup kitchens. The …

News (U.S.)

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:<p>The Eugene Register-Guard, Nov. 22, on keeping auditor vote simple<p>It's hard to find anyone who is overtly …

Business

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:<p>Nov. 22<p>Los Angeles Times on the Thanksgiving turkey:<p>Observing an annual …

Business

Holiday party leftovers: What to keep and what to toss

Holiday parties are always packed with lots of good foods and drinks. But if you're playing the role of hostess this year, it could also mean lots of leftovers. Before you pack up the containers, beware that there are some foods that should be thrown out and not saved.<p>We got this email from a …

Health

This Thanksgiving, see where your food actually comes from

Posted November 22, 2017 01:52 PM by Rob Eno<p>Justin Rhodes | YouTube<p>Font Size<br>• A<br>• A<br>• A<p>Print Images<p>If you’re like most Americans, you’ve spent a lot of time …

Conservative View

Cotton Reverses Course to End Lower

Cotton futures reversed course to end lower Tuesday after a short covering rally stalled out amid signs of a rapid and robust U.S. harvest.<p>Cotton for March delivery fell 1% to end at 70.14 cents a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, after rising as high as 71.34 cents a pound in earlier …

Markets

This Thanksgiving Staple Is Heading for a Compost Heap

Cranberries might be a staple on Thanksgiving tables, but a glut of U.S. supplies has gotten so large that fruit could be headed to the compost …

Agriculture

Do you wash your turkey? USDA says don't do that

Most families have a lot of great Thanksgiving traditions, but there is one turkey ritual the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants you to …

Thanksgiving

Best-laid plans to give chickens room to run are shelved with USDA organics rule

Strolling through a flock of free-roaming rust-colored hens, Christopher Nichols admits that no one truly knows whether his chickens are happier because they can strut around and wander outside.<p>But consumers are happier, and that matters a lot to the third-generation egg farmer and a slew of other …

Agriculture

Not Even Thanksgiving Will Save Tons of Cranberries from Going to Waste This Year

A popular food for the upcoming holidays, the cranberry is an essential side dish to any Thanksgiving meal.<p>Yet, cranberry inventories in the U.S. …

Retail

With 'Hog Apocalypse' on hold, what do we do about the pesky wild pigs taking over Texas?

Mike Brewer has tried all kinds of corn bait to lure feral hogs into a $1,000 trap at his Sunnyvale pecan orchard. He even mixed the corn with …

Texas

A Native Community Preserves its Food Traditions

As the sun falls and rain clouds linger, Jaytuk Steinruck drives an ATV up a northwest corner of California’s shore to gather <i>duuma</i> (sea anemone) from …

Fish

Imagining a Vegan U.S.: Good for Earth, Problematic for Humans

What would a vegan America look like? An herbivore population would enjoy a drop in greenhouse-gas emissions, but also face deficiencies in calcium, …

Business

Corn Harvest 90 Percent Complete, But Still Behind Schedule

<b>ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —</b> Minnesota farmers have now harvested about 90 percent of the state’s corn crop as the season approaches its close.In its …

Minnesota

Bloated Federal Agencies Have Become the Norm. Here’s the Key to Sizing Them Down.

In March 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to spur a comprehensive reorganization of the executive branch.<p>It instructed each …

Government

Do-it-yourself animal slaughterings in Carrboro? Should this be allowed?

A descendant of the Southeast Asian red jungle fowl, the chicken first became domesticated in India around 2000 B.C., says the U.S. Department of …

GRAIN HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

TOP STORIES:<p>Grain, Soybean Futures Mixed on Outside Markets<p>Falling crude oil prices and a higher U.S. dollar pressured soybean futures, taking money out of the commodity sector and making American exports more expensive.<p>Oilseed contracts traded lower for much of Monday's session before closing …

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Trader Joe’s is usually a go-to for tasty, pre-made meals. But on Saturday, November 18th, the company announced that it’s recalling some of its …

Trader Joe's

Florida Schools' Food Waste Program: A Win-Win to Fight Hunger and Save the Environment

You've probably heard the unsettling stories of school cafeteria workers throwing away students' lunches over unpaid lunch bills, but schools in …

Recycling

Solar-powered potato farm in northeast Colorado turns up savings — and tasty spuds

Jeff Rice, Sterling Journal-AdvocateRandy Weis and his mother Darlene in front of the solar array on their farm.Randy Weis’ potatoes weren’t just …

Denver

Olaf Larson, rural sociology research pioneer, dies at 107

Olaf F. Larson, a pioneer in rural sociology research in the 1930s and a Cornell faculty member for 71 years, died Nov. 14 in Mount Dora, Florida. He …

Sociology

Vanessa Bazalgette, a Googler with rural roots, supports small farms to accelerate their growth online

Vanessa Bazalgette is a Google employee in New York City who grew up in rural New Hampshire and studied food industry management as an undergraduate …

Farming

GRAINS-Wheat falls as dollar firms; vegoils drop on India import tax

* Wheat gives back gains from Friday<p>* Palm oil tumbles 3 pct after India hikes import taxes<p>* Soybeans underpinned by dry weather in Argentina …

Economy

Trump proposes farm research cuts to pay for storm aid

The Trump administration would pay for hurricane relief in part by cutting conservation and research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)— an …

Climate

Share Your Blessings: Arbutus assistance programs make Christmas possible for those in need

As others sleep off their Thanksgiving dinner, Betty Okonski, founder and director of Southwest Emergency Services, will be at Kohl’s department …

Barnes & Noble

Sweet Potatoes Once Again Taste Success With Highest Growth Numbers In 70 Years

Support the news<p>Chances are sweet potatoes will show up on your table during Thanksgiving and the December holidays. But they're not just for holiday …

Thanksgiving

Urbanites Face Lower Mortality While Rural Death Rates Spike

Death rates are rising among 20-somethings in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of …