Bright spots get grouped in 'food desert'

Irony literally sprouts and blooms from a small patch of green space next to Chong's Oriental Foods at 701 Locust St. A peach tree has produced dozens of tiny fruits that are growing and ripening as the summer sizzles away. FULL STORY »

Whole Foods raises profit outlook, will add more stores

Whole Foods Market, Inc., reported a 35 percent surge in quarterly earnings and raised its 2011 profit forecast, boasting that it will accelerate store openings as it gains customers from other food retailers. FULL STORY »

What is driving the price of commodities and the price of food?

Farmers have long been willing to produce for the market, and farm programs over the past 20+ years have moved agriculture from a managed supply to a market oriented pricing system. FULL STORY »

PMS-themed Calif. milk campaign sparks discussion

California milk producers have modified an eyebrow-raising advertising campaign that promoted their product to men as a way to lessen the effects of premenstrual syndrome in their wives or girlfriends. But some critics wonder if it's time the dairy organization moved on to greener pastures. FULL STORY »

Canadian cheese rolling festival: A delicious and exhilarating event

Thousands of smiling cheese lovers gather in Whistler, British Columbia. FULL STORY »

Reminder: Milk is an important cancer-fighter

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it takes 30 years or longer to develop, as polyps grow on your colon wall and slowly morph into tumors. It's only during the last few years of that period that it's lethal and capable of spreading, reports Yahoo! Health. FULL STORY »

Demand shocks help drive food, commodity prices

A new report from Purdue University researchers and Farm Foundation, NFP shows emerging trends that make this year’s dramatic increase in food and commodity prices different from the increases seen in 2008. But like in 2008, there is no single or simple cause, with numerous domestic and international factors contributing. FULL STORY »

Minnesota Department of Agriculture receives grant to survey consumer trends

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has received a $60,000 federal grant to explore new marketing opportunities for food and agricultural products. FULL STORY »

Connecting with consumers over breakfast

We started with a premise – that consumers want to trust the sources of their food and will do so if we make it personal. And so we invited them to Breakfast on the Farm at Circle K Farms in West Branch on July 9 and they came; 1,800 of them. By the comments we have received, they developed greater trust in, and appreciation for, the farmers who produce their food. Their trust and their thanks were not just for our hosts, the Kartes family, but for all farmers. FULL STORY »

Domestic milk consumption declining

Kansas State University dairy specialist Mike Brouk provides more insight on the recent decline in domestic milk consumption and the efforts that are being made by producers to implement strategic marketing programs. FULL STORY »

Build a healthy plate with milk: MilkPEP unveils MyPlate ad in USA Today

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently introduced the new MyPlate icon to remind Americans how to eat a healthy diet. The dairy group is prominently positioned next to the plate as a reminder that low-fat and fat-free dairy products are an important part of a nutritious meal. FULL STORY »

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