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Alan Bjerga

writes about food and agriculture. He's the author of the book "Endless Appetites" and grew up on a farm in Minnesota.





White House chefs grill corn-on-the-cob on a barbeque for a Fourth of July celebration at the White House on July 4, 2012.

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White House chefs grill corn-on-the-cob on a barbeque for a Fourth of July celebration at the White House on July 4, 2012.

July 4 BBQ: Up 29% (Over 10 yrs)

Fourth of July barbeques are seldom remembered for their food-price sticker shock. But they can feel plenty painful at the time. Examining that pain is Rabobank Group, releasing its first BBQ Index. This is a timely year to start it...

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Locals plant seed crops in a field in the countryside outside Ternopil, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014.

Photograph by Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

Locals plant seed crops in a field in the countryside outside Ternopil, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014.

USAID’s Shah: U.S. Agribusiness, Come to Ukraine

From international crisis comes business opportunity. For Raj Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, that puts Odessa on his itinerary. Shah is heading to the Ukrainian port city and Kiev next week as part of what’s...

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USDA Choice meat in Wyanet, Illinois.

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USDA Choice meat in Wyanet, Illinois.

FDA’s Hamburg: Food-Safety Money Lacking

Since President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety and Modernization Act in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been rule-writing and preparing to implement the landmark legislation. Now, if only it had the money needed to update procedures...

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Non-GMO food labels.

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Non-GMO food labels.

Vermont’s GMO Law: Moment of Clarity for Agribusiness

It was becoming increasingly inevitable, as opponents of genetically modified foods recovered from costly losses and consumer skepticism remained entrenched: At some point, somewhere, a state was going to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law, and the foes would need...

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