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USDA clears GMO potato with lower cancer risk

CORRECTED, Nov. 10, 2014 — Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States in more than a decade, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods. The so-called Innate potato, developed by the

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USDA raises record U.S. corn, soybean crops again

Washington | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014 will be even higher than the record forecast a month ago, but somewhat below market expectations, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed on Friday. USDA made surprise cuts to U.S. and global wheat ending stocks for 2014-15, pushing wheat futures up 1.2 per cent,

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Non-allergic peanut closer to commercial reality

Washington | Reuters — A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. In a blog post, the agency said researchers at North Carolina A+T State

U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers, as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. The move “will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more

USDA projects record U.S. corn, soybean production

Reuters — U.S. corn production will crack the 14-billion-bushel mark for the first time in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday, but the crop was slightly below trade expectations, potentially giving a bullish kick to the beaten-down corn futures market. At 14.03 billion bushels, the estimated crop fell short of trade estimates

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U.S. goes into battle against deadly orange disease

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a total of US$31.5 million in funding to combat a plant disease that threatens to devastate Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry and has driven up the cost of a glass of orange juice. As many as 70 per cent of Florida’s citrus trees