|Walmart wants Iowans to farm by its principles|
The Des Moines Register - 11/7/2010.By Philip Brasher – Never mind the government regulators. When it comes to influencing the way farmers grow their crops, the real power someday may be Walmart, the nation's largest food retailer. Walmart pledges to double sales of locally grown food by 2015 and also is taking steps to ensure that all the food it sells is produced in sustainable ways. Walmart wants to measure and set farm-to-fork standards for the energy and natural resource impacts of food production.
|Apple with a pedigree|
Wall Street Journal - 11/7/2010.By Anne Marie Chaker – Roxbury Russet has a nutty flavor. Strawberry Chenango smells like roses. Cornish Gilliflower is reminiscent of clove. Farmers and chefs treat them like fine wine, but these are apples – "heritage" or "heirloom" varieties that were common on American tables as far back as colonial times but today are rarely tasted.
|While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales|
The New York Times - 11/6/2010.By Michael Moss – Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese, and proceeded to devise and pay for a $12 million marketing campaign.
|Farms key to Maine’s economy, say experts|
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 11/6/2010.By Erin Rhoda – Madison: Bolstering Maine farms will help create jobs and stimulate the local economy, a group of agricultural specialists said Friday. Seven panelists at the annual economic development forum told about 45 people in Maine business and government that agricultural development is key to a bright economic future.