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Dec 3, 2012

FDA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over delayed food safety rules

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Creating new rules for food safety is too complex a task to be completed quickly and a lawsuit seeking to compel government action should be dismissed, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said that though it was behind schedule in modernizing food safety regulations as set out in a law signed in January 2011, the agency’s broad role in regulating a $450 billion domestic and imported food business requires additional time.

Nov 29, 2012

Drought expands, blankets High Plains

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Drought is tightening its grip on the central United States as winter weather sets in, threatening to ravage the new wheat crop and spelling more hardship for farmers and ranchers already weary of the costly and ongoing dry conditions.

While conditions started to improve earlier in November, they turned harsh to close out the month as above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation proved a dire combination in many regions, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly compilation of data gathered by federal and academic scientists issued Thursday.

Nov 22, 2012

Twinkies bakers say they’d rather lose jobs than take pay cuts

/NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Enough is
enough, say bakery workers at Hostess Brands Inc.

After several years of costly concessions, the Bakery,
Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM)
authorized a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received
bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not
included in its contract.

Nov 20, 2012

Organic farmers condemn U.S. report, claim it favors GMO

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Organic growers and food safety advocates on Tuesday condemned an advisory report to the Agriculture Department claiming its recommendations would be costly for farmers who want to protect their conventional crops from being contaminated by genetically modified (GMO), also known as genetically engineered (GE), varieties.

The groups were responding to a report submitted Monday afternoon to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by a committee assigned by USDA with studying how best biotech agriculture could “co-exist” with organic and conventional agriculture.

Nov 16, 2012

Twinkies maker Hostess plans to go out of business

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Hostess Brands Inc, the bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, said it had sought court permission to go out of business after failing to get wage and benefit cuts from thousands of its striking bakery workers.

Hostess, which has about $2.5 billion in sales from a long list of iconic consumer brands of snack cakes and breads, said it had suspended operations at all of its 33 plants around the United States as it moves to start liquidating assets.

Nov 16, 2012

Liquidation threat looms for Twinkies maker Hostess

LENEXA, Kan Nov 15 (Reuters) – A standoff between Hostess
Brands Inc. and thousands of its bakery workers was heading for
a showdown after the expiry of a return-to-work deadline, with
both sides saying they will accept the demise of the historic
maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread.

The bankrupt company is on its last legs, according to
management. The company had set a deadline of 5 p.m. EST (2200
GMT) on Thursday and said that unless enough employees returned
to work by that time, the company would ask a bankruptcy court
on Friday for permission to liquidate.

Nov 15, 2012

Liquidation deadline looms for Twinkies maker Hostess

LENEXA, Kan (Reuters) – A standoff between Hostess Brands Inc. and thousands of its bakery workers was heading for a showdown Thursday as both sides declared they would not bend and were set to accept the demise of the historic maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread.

The bankrupt company is on its last legs, according to management, and will ask a bankruptcy court on Friday for permission to liquidate unless workers at Hostess plants across the country return to work by 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) on Thursday.

Nov 15, 2012

Drought persists despite rain; wheat struggles

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A storm system that brought cold, wet weather to much of the United States last week helped ease drought in many states, but some areas that were most in need of moisture were missed, according to a climatology report issued on Thursday.

The U.S. High Plains, which includes key farm states of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas, saw slight improvement last week due to good precipitation. But three quarters of both Kansas and Nebraska continued to suffer from extreme or exceptional drought.

Nov 15, 2012

U.S. drought persists despite rain; wheat struggles

Nov 15 (Reuters) – A storm system that brought cold, wet
weather to much of the United States last week helped ease
drought in many states, but some areas that were most in need
of moisture were missed, according to a climatology report
issued on Thursday.

The U.S. High Plains, which includes key farm states of
Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas, saw slight improvement last
week due to good precipitation. But three quarters of both
Kansas and Nebraska continued to suffer from extreme or
exceptional drought.

Nov 8, 2012

U.S. drought deepens in Plains states, wheat crop suffers

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Hot and dry conditions in parts of middle America deepened an ongoing drought in many states over the last week, according to a climatology report issued Thursday.

October is typically the third-wettest month for Texas, but instead last month was the ninth-driest October statewide since 1895, according to the Drought Monitor report issued weekly by a consortium of state and federal climatology experts.

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