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Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink

There's a lot of uncertainly in the air as harvest season gets into full swing across the Midwest. But this is a time of year when farm families come together to focus on the big task at hand.
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This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology

Michigan is expected to bring in a record-setting apple crop this year. So how do you sort and package 2,000 Galas in a minute? Farmers have turned to the Rolls Royce of fruit processing: a robot that uses computer vision to weed out the bad apples.
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Shortage Of Workers Hampers Chili Harvest In New Mexico

Southern New Mexico is America's iconic home of chili harvesting and production. But production is a fraction of what's produced in India and China — countries with large pools of labor. Still, in the fall, New Mexico farmers need hundreds of workers to handpick their crops. Even paying $14 an hour, they can't find enough help.
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Virginia Ranks Fourth In Medals At Great American Beer Festival

The Commonwealth pulled in 14 medals over the weekend at the nation's most prominent craft beer competition, including a gold for Alexandria's Port City Brewing Co.

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With Each Sip Of Whisky, You're Taking A Gulp Of Atmosphere

The taste of the drink can change with the imbiber's surroundings, according to a study from Oxford University. Researchers led people through three rooms with very different sights, sounds and smells — each brought out a new flavor in the whisky.
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(Cabbage) Heads Will Roll: How To Make A Food Network 'From Scratch'

The Food Network was intended for cooks, but it wasn't run by them. In a new tell-all book, Allen Salkin takes an unsparing look at the channel's progression from struggling cable startup to global powerhouse, and the people who rose and fell along the way.
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Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making

The craft-brewing industry has long been a male-dominated world. But that's starting to change. This weekend, several female-owned craft breweries are favored to take home the most prestigious awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
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Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Twitter icon Feminist Hulk is pummeling away at the shutdown's funding threats to WIC, the federal program that provides essential food aid to pregnant women and mothers with young children. And she's using her nearly 74,000 followers to help – setting up an online resource to help families left in the lurch find baby food and formula.
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Shutdown Leaves Some Seniors Worried About Their Next Meal

Some Michigan seniors may be going hungry thanks to the government shutdown. In western Kent County alone, more than 1,300 low-income seniors depend on a government surplus food program. But the USDA has announced that the program is hold until further notice.
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McDonald's President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

McDonald's USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn't make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald's has a long history of promoting from within.

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