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Horrific murder no surprise in meth capital of US

vees56hs : April 21, 2012 10:25 am : Recent

U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto said Tuesday it will appeal a French court ruling that found it responsible for the poisoning of a farmer who inhaled a weed killer, in the first such case to reach court in France.

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Central Phoenix retail center sells for $13 million

vees56hs : April 18, 2012 10:25 am : Recent

Follow this company has purchased a neighborhood retail center in central Phoenix. Westwood, which has regional offices in Scottsdale, bought the North Park Plaza center for $13 million.
The 101,361-square-foot center at 530 W

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Runners, riders and tips

vees56hs : April 15, 2012 10:25 am : Recent

Next month’s NFU leadership elections will see nine candidates fight it out for a place on the union’s top table that has only three seats.But the battles to join him as a potential leader in waiting will be more hotly contested, with nine candidates

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Big iPhone sales expected to highlight 57% Apple profit jump

vees56hs : April 11, 2012 10:25 am : Recent

This would be a stark contrast to the previous quarter in which the company fell short of analyst expectations on revenue because of delays in introducing the new iPhone Analysts are projecting a 57 percent year-to-year jump in earnings to $10.07 on a 45 percent increase in revenue to $38.76 billion.

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Tax group names ‘Dirty Thirty’ companies

vees56hs : April 8, 2012 10:25 am : Recent

TEHRAN – In a move to drive home its plans to continue with the nuclear programmes despite tougher sanctions by Western nations, Iran Wednesday claimed to have made advances in nuclear know-how including development of new centrifuges capable of faster uranium enrichment.

“The era of bullying nations is past. The arrogant powers cannot monopolise nuclear technology. They tried to prevent us by issuing sanctions and resolutions but failed,” president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a live television broadcast.

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Aiken Schenk law firm to move

vees56hs : April 5, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

Law firms have continued to move to new digs across the Valley. Now comes word that Aiken Schenk law firm has taken nearly 15,000 square feet at the Biltmore Financial Center at the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 24th Street.
The lease is for eight years, and exact financial details were not disclosed.

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Monsanto says to appeal French poisoning verdict

vees56hs : April 1, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

“An in-depth examination of the case does not show in our view sufficient evidence of a causal link between the use of this herbicide and the symptoms reported by Mr Francois,” he told France Info radio.

Francois said his health problems were caused by inhalation of Lasso while cleaning the tank of his crop sprayer. He blames Monsanto for not specifying on the label the presence of chlorobenzene, a chemical substance later detected in the farmer’s hair and urine.

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Offshore Wind Farms Vulnerable To Hurricanes

vees56hs : March 29, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

They focused on four locations in four states – Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Caroline and Texas – where the construction of major offshore wind farms are currently in the works. Using sophisticated computer-based simulations, the researchers found that over a period of 20 years, many of the expensive turbines would be demolished or rendered unusable.Rose explained to Doyle Rice of USA TODAY that his team based their models on the current construction standards for wind turbines according to which most of the 20 planned projects would be built.

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Heineken reports profit dip on surge in barley price

vees56hs : March 25, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

Dutch brewing giant Heineken announced a 1.2-percent dip in net profit for 2011, said yesterday that it expected input costs to rise on a surge in the price of a main ingredient, barley. Last year’s profits stood at 1.43 billion euros ($1.88 billion) while revenue topped 17.12 billion euros, a 3.6 percent rise of internal growth from the level in 2010.

The figures were better than expected, with analysts on Dow Jones Newswires forecasting profits of 1.41 billion euros and revenue of 16.99 billion euros. Heineken said that lower profit year-on-year mainly resulted from exceptional capital gains in 2010, amounting to 199 million euros and sold 213.9 million hectoliters of beer in 2011, an increase of 3.6 percent from output in the previous year.

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Santorum surge prompts Romney camp to up Arizona ad buys

vees56hs : March 19, 2012 10:43 am : Recent

Rick Santorum makes gains in
the Arizona Republican
presidential primary race.
Santorum has essentially no
campaign in Arizona but is
seeing gains in polls, just as he has jumped in Michigan and
other states.Santorum has essentially no
campaign in Arizona but is seeing
gains in polls, just as he has
jumped in Michigan and other
states.
But polls this week by Rasmussen
Reports and American Research
Group shows Romney with a
narrow lead over Santorum: 39
percent to 31 percent and 38
percent to 31 percent.If Santorum wins Michigan and
upsets the favored Romney in
Arizona, that could send
Republicans chieftains looks for a
new candidate such as Jeb Bush.

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Wis. dairy warns of unpasteurized milk

vees56hs : March 19, 2012 10:00 am : Recent

Wisconsin’s 160 years of dedication to the craft of dairying is especially apparent with the rising popularity and variety of artisan and farmstead dairy products being made in the state.
Now, Wisconsin dairy is warning residents not to drink some of its whole milk because it may not be properly pasteurized. Castle Rock Organic Dairy Plant of Osseo said that the whole milk is dated Feb. 29 and carries the brand name “Castle Rock Organic Farms.”
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection tested the product and confirmed that pasteurization may have been inadequate. Food safety officials are unaware of any illnesses caused by the product. The milk was sold in half-gallon and quart glass bottles. It has a sell-by date of Feb. 29 and dairy plant number of 55-1951 on the bottle. It is believed to have been distributed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

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UK fully compliant with cage ban

vees56hs : March 18, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

The UK Government and egg industry were embarrassed last month when it emerged that up to 300,000 hens were still being kept in battery cages on 30 UK farms, weeks after the EU battery cage ban had come into force. While the farms only accounted for 1 per cent, the UK was expected to fully compliant by the January 1 start date and had been made much of the threat to UK egg producers and consumers from the failure of 13 other member states to comply. Defra said at the time that it expected full compliance by February 1 and that legal proceedings would be initiated against farmers that continue to use battery cages. It has announced that the UK has achieved full compliance.Compassion in World Farming said it was ‘delighted’ that the country ‘is now rid of the cruel cages, 13 long years after the decision was taken to ban them’. Senior campaigns manager, Emma Slawinski, said: “We were horrified to learn that there were still battery cages in this country in January, as the industry and government had been confidently saying the UK would be in line with the new law. But we’re delighted that Defra has acted quickly and made sure hens in this country are no longer kept in these cruel systems. She stressed that the problem in the UK was ‘nowhere near as bad’ as in the worst offending states like Spain and Italy which she said ‘don’t seem to have made any effort at all to comply with the ban’. There are thought to be around 46 million hens still in barren battery cages in the EU. The European Commission has begun proceedings against 13 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. Ms Slawinski said: “Now the UK can put all the necessary pressure on the European Commission and other member states without being accused of not having our own house in order.” The industry had expected to be fully compliant when the new EU welfare legislation came into effect on 1 January 2012. But DEFRA told the EU Commission in early January that there were still some 32 UK producers using the old-style cages, housing over 400,000 birds. Even though this amounted to just 1% of national production, technically it put the UK in the same position as 13 other member states which had failed to fully convert to enriched cages. Farming minister Jim Paice expressed his anger and embarassment at the time and called on Trading Standards to take action against the illegal operators. According to the EU Commission, there are still around 47 million hens, out of 330 million, in conventional cages in the EU. On 26 January it sent “letters of formal notice” to 13 member states – Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain – giving them two months in which to justify their non-compliance, or face further legal sanction. Manwhile, CIWF is urging people to email the new Italian health minister, demanding that he provides accurate figures on the number of illegal hens in his country, and that he produce an action plan detailing how he will rectify the huge level of non-compliance.

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Canadian Wheat Board supporters heading back to court

vees56hs : March 15, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

The action is separate from a lawsuit launched by wheat board supporters last month, which seeks $15.4 billion in damages if the wheat board is dismantled.

And another court challenge, launched in December, asks the Federal Court to declare government changes to the board as illegal and void.

The government passed a law last year to strip the board of its monopoly over western wheat and barley sales and allow farmers to sell independently.

Wheat board supporters say the change will drive prices down, but government supporters say farmers deserve the right to seek, and can get, higher prices on the open market. The law is designed to take effect Aug. 1 — the start of the next crop year.

“While a select few continue to cling to the past, our government knows that marketing freedom for western Canadian farmers is priceless,” Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in a written statement Tuesday.

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City’s Urban Agriculture Task Force to meet Friday

vees56hs : March 11, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

City’s Urban Agriculture Task Force to meet Friday. A task force studying changes to the city’s agriculture ordinance will meets Friday at the Main Library Meeting Room A.The meeting begins at 3 p.m. The Urban Agriculture Task Force will continue its discussion on community gardens and the public is invited to attend and address the committee.

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Legumex Walker Acquires St. Hilaire Seed Company

vees56hs : March 8, 2012 10:26 am : Recent

The second acquisition includes sunflower seed processing assets previously owned by Anderson Seed Company, consisting of a processing facility in Mentor, MN and two receiving stations in North Dakota, for USD$4.8 million. The sunflower seed processing facility has a production capacity of approximately 40,000 MT per year and the receiving stations have a combined storage capacity of 13,000 MT.
The two acquisitions significantly strengthen the Company’s position in the North American special crop industry with an increased focus on dry beans and dehulled sunflower seeds.

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