| Jun 10, 2013
| 9:52 AM
The Supreme Court on Monday gave a California raisin-growing couple another chance to defend their claim that the government violated their constitutional rights by fining them after they refused to obey Depression-era crop mandates.
In a unanimous...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
More than three-quarters of the nation’s public elementary schools face no state or district limits on the sale of sugary drinks, candy or salty snacks, according to a survey.
Children eat at least a third of their meals at school, and spend...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Musicians can breathe a little easier while traveling, with the submission to Congress of a U.S. Department of Agriculture report addressing provisions of the Lacey Act that protect endangered wildlife, fish and plants. The legislation had been causing...
| Jan 11, 2013
DE LUZ — High on a hill overlooking an idyllic vista of citrus, avocados and chaparral, Bill Vogel spied a tree loaded with an unexpected bounty and started to holler.
"Holy moly, look at all these starfruit," he said, cradling a cluster of...
| Dec 21, 2012
Mandarins at their best are the noblest of citrus, with intense, complex aromatics and fascinating varietal identities. Two clementine-tangelo crosses prized for their rich flavor, Page and Lee, are now in peak season and well worth searching out. Page...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 1:58 PM
A former employee of Beef Products Inc. is suing ABC News, anchor Diane Sawyer, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and others, saying that their use of the phrase “pink slime” ultimately cost him his job.
Bruce Smith was among 750 people laid off...
| May 2, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Although honeybee loss slowed last year, it remains at dangerously high levels, according to a new federal report that concluded there was no single remedy for the colony collapse that has hit America’s hard-working crop pollinators.
| May 3, 2013
| 12:43 PM
The battle over the opening of the nation’s first domestic horse slaughterhouse since a government ban six years ago has ramped up as a company in Roswell, N.M., moves closer to reinstituting the practice.
Activists throughout the West say they...
| Mar 29, 2013
As certified farmers markets have proliferated in California over the past decade, it has become clear that many of their managers lack crucial knowledge of their responsibilities. In response to this problem, veteran managers and the California...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Since January of last year, the number of cows in Texas has decreased by about 600,000, a 12% drop from about 5 million cows at the beginning of the year, David Anderson, who monitors beef markets for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, told The Times....
| Dec 23, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Food prices could rise as much as 3.5% next year...