Don't look for cheaper food yet, even as grain prices drop

Consumers can't yet bank on a year of cheaper food, despite predictions for bulging grain crops in the United States and other major global producers that have dragged futures prices back from last year's record highs. FULL STORY »

Trust in food

Consumers are confused about food and food production, and many do not know whom to trust for food information. But the good news is, many trust farmers and ranchers more than other information sources, and first-hand exposure to production agriculture tends to improve consumers’ perceptions of food production. FULL STORY »

Project focuses on improving food pantries in rural food deserts

Ohio State University Extension is taking part in a five-year, $4 million grant to help isolated communities increase availability of nutritious foods. FULL STORY »

Ball Park brand adds rookie to lineup

Gearing up for opening day of baseball season, Ball Park brand, the maker the official hot dog of the Detroit Tigers, has announced the addition of a new hot dog variety to its product line-up: Ball Park Lean Franks. FULL STORY »

DuPont, Monsanto partner on new soybeans

DuPont and Monsanto announced a series of technology licensing agreements that will expand the range of seed products they can offer farmers. FULL STORY »

Papa John’s raises the bar with premium pork toppings

Any way you slice it, pork is proving that “Better ingredients. Better pizza” is more than a slogan at Papa John’s restaurants. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff helping consumers beat the winter 'blahs'

Roasts, casseroles and slow-cooker dishes define cold-weather comfort food, and a new retail promotion is encouraging consumers to satisfy all their comfort food cravings with pork. FULL STORY »

Rising beef and pork prices will impact restaurant purchases

Higher prices for beef and pork are having an impact on consumer purchasing patterns at restaurants, according to the "2013 Center of the Plate: Beef & Pork Consumer Trend Report." FULL STORY »

Americans spend less on food

The portion of household income American consumers spend on food is the smallest of any other nation and has continued to shrink over the last 30 years, according to a graphic from Businessweek.com. FULL STORY »

Vilsack says inspector layoffs mean meat shortages

Americans should expect to experience spotty shortages of meat due to furloughs of food inspectors caused by federal budget cuts, but the government will stagger the layoffs to minimize the impact, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week FULL STORY »

Meat consumption drops as prices rise

U.S. meat consumption is down, and beef consumption in particular has lost ground, according to the 2013 “Power of Meat” study. Price is a key reason for the decline as beef prices have climbed through a period of tight consumer budgets, but other factors also are involved. FULL STORY »

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