End of meat? Startups seek meat alternatives for the masses

Dec 30th, 2015 | By
The Associated Press
In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo Hampton Creek Foods pastry chef Ben Roche preparing french toast made with Just Scramble at their office in San Francisco. Hampton Creek’s mission is to replace the eggs in products without anyone noticing. In trying to appeal to the mainstream, co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick has a simple rule. “Number one, never use the word ‘vegan,’” he said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat. Veggie patties have been around for decades, but Brown and others want to make foods without animal products that look, cook and taste like the real thing — and
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Precipitation is big wild card for Idaho’s farmers

Dec 29th, 2015 | By

Southern Idaho’s irrigated agriculture is already feeling the rise in global temperatures. “We’ve already been affected,” said Shirrel Silvester, a longtime farmer south of Twin Falls whose profitability has been hurt by weather extremes and instability. “What you see outside your backyard is not the climate,” said Hans Peter Marshall, a geoscientist at Boise State
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Fertilizer distribution and retail center planned at former FMC site

Dec 16th, 2015 | By

By Kendra Evensen Construction on a fertilizer distribution and retail center at the former FMC location west of Pocatello could begin early next year, marking the first redevelopment effort at the Superfund cleanup site. After striking an agreement with the Power County Development Authority (PCDA) and FMC Corporation, Valley Agronomics LLC is making plans for
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Workshop aims to meet growing demand for organic food

Dec 14th, 2015 | By
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By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal Organic food production is in high demand nationwide. Strong growth has meant that if U.S. farmers can’t supply necessary organic products, then food companies will look to other countries to meet the demand, according to Jennifer Miller, director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Healthy Food & Farms
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Simplot agrees to pay fine, improve pollution controls

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By

An agreement to make modifications at five sulfuric acid plants, including the Don Plant in Pocatello, and pay a civil penalty of $899,000 has resolved a Clean Air Act violations issue between the J.R. Simplot Co., U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a news release from the Region 10 EPA
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Amish family from Pennsylvania moves to Idaho to open Country Store

Dec 1st, 2015 | By
Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Jourmal
Hannah Miller restocks cheese at her family’s store, the Country Market, in Baker, which is near Salmon. Find photos from this story at

By Cydney McFarland BAKER — The new Country Market in Baker has become a bit of a tourist attraction thanks to a Nov. 10 report by KIDK 3 out of Idaho Falls. The market is owned and operated by the Millers, an Amish family who recently moved from Pennsylvania to Baker — 8 miles
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ConAgra move won’t impact Lamb Weston

Nov 24th, 2015 | By

 By Journal Staff AMERICAN FALLS — ConAgra, which purchased Lamb Weston in 1988, is spinning off that part of its operation by the fall of 2016. Lamb Weston officials say the move should not impact the American Falls potato processing plant. ConAgra announced this week that it plans to divest itself of the frozen-potato products
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Predicted food trends for 2016

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

By Janna Graham Restaurants, supermarkets and food producers are buzzing about the upcoming food trends to expect in 2016. The National Restaurant Association, restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman and the trade publication Supermarket News have all recently released their annual predictions for the upcoming year. The good news: An emphasis on locally sourced eating —
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Massive nationwide ground beef recall announced due to possible E. coli contamination

Nov 2nd, 2015 | By
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All American Meets Inc. of Omaha, Neb., announced Sunday that it was recalling nearly 170,000 pounds of its ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service press release U.S. Department of Agriculture reports: This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. WASHINGTON — All American Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately
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New tech can run tractors without operators

Oct 28th, 2015 | By
Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls has unveiled a guidance system that allows farm equipment to run without an operator. Equipment can be driven completely by a computerized guidance system and monitored through a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
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By Cydney McFarland BOISE — At the Idaho Technology Council’s inaugural Capitol Connect Conference in Boise on Thursday, Farb Guidance Systems unveiled a technology that allows farm equipment to perform actions without an operator. “It’s tractors specifically,” said John Bruce, vice president of Farb. “The guidance system interfaces with the machine to allow it
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