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Different colors of maple syrup sit on the windowsill at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Visitors could see maple syrup being made, tour the farm, visit with a horse, a cow and pigs and taste maple treats.

(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released yesterday. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers …

Pack in protein — and save the budget — with beans and rice

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not that we necessarily appreciated it. “It’s a complete protein!” Mom would proudly announce as my …

Swiss Guard’s cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. Buon Appetito features recipes on the soldiers’ current menu …

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. “Every movement we make in farming takes …

Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Connecticut brewery to rename Ghandi-Bot beer A Connecticut brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive. New England Brewing Co.’s India pale ale is called Gandhi-Bot. It has a label …

China moves to accept imports of all US apple varieties

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached last week between officials for the United States and Chinese governments to grant access to all …

Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

Monday, January 26, 2015

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. …

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

Monday, January 26, 2015

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This …

Gordon Ramsay loses court battle over $1M rent on London pub

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a kitchen nightmare after a British judge ruled him personally liable for rent on a London gastropub. Ramsay accused his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, of using an autopen machine to forge his signature on a document making Ramsay personal guarantor for the 640,000-pound …

A speedy chicken breast that packs flavorful, crunchy punch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is the chicken breast recipe you’ve been searching for. Because it will taste nothing like those flavorless, dry breasts you’ve grown to tolerate. The gist is simple – chicken breasts are sliced thin, then pounded even thinner. …

Ga. appeals court hears case over Vidalia onion regulation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A bitter fight over Georgia’s famed sweet onions is winding its way through the state’s legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand. However, a major …

California unveils strict rules on pesticide

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said the heightened rules will protect farm workers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is …

Hawaiian Host buys Mauna Loa in macadamia nut consolidation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it’s buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. Hawaiian Host says it will keep Mauna Loa a subsidiary and separate brand, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of …