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12/15/2017

Cut cantaloupe, melon and other fruits have been linked to cases of salmonella in at least 18 people in Washington and Oregon. Melons have been the source of at least two major outbreaks since 2011.

12/15/2017

Bonton Farm, an urban farming operation in a Dallas neighborhood without easy access to fresh food, has started building a 2,500-square-foot market to sell produce grown in its adjacent fields. The project is designed as a community hub with a cafe and classes covering cooking, yoga, financial management and more, said Executive Director Daron Babcock.

12/14/2017

Sobeys will rebrand about 65 of its namesake and Safeway stores in Western Canada and transition them to its FreshCo discount grocery banner starting next year, the company said. The supermarket operator has 91 FreshCo stores in Ontario and it's expanding the concept as the discount arena grows more competitive with concepts from Loblaw, Costco and Walmart.

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12/14/2017

New leaders must embrace the work of managing others and not slip back into the comfort zone of doing the work themselves, writes Naphtali Hoff. Learn to lead by celebrating small wins, communicating regularly, thinking bigger about the business' future and delegating tasks.

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12/14/2017

There are many ways to detract from a great idea when presenting it, writes Geoffrey James. He provides 31 of them, including poor use of visuals, relying on jargon and overwhelming the audience with too much information.

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12/14/2017

School nutrition professionals at a Virginia school recently helped a group of seventh-grade students prepare lunch in the cafeteria for their classmates. The students prepared the meal after winning a competition, which school officials say they plan to hold several times each year.

12/14/2017

Local Roots, a startup that builds vertical produce-growing operations called TerraFarms inside shipping containers, expects to launch upward of 100 units next year. The company locates the TerraFarms near large customers, including SpaceX and restaurant and grocery distribution centers.

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Business Insider
12/14/2017

Wildfires in Southern California burned down 14 of Limoneira's farm-worker residences and took out the power at a packing plant, but the avocado and lemon grower's crops didn't sustain significant damage, the company said. The Ventura County, Calif.-based Limoneira expects to report a 9.4% sales increase for the most recent fiscal year.

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12/14/2017

Makers of ice wine in Ohio are harvesting their grapes off the frozen vines this week and working on the sweet wines, often served for dessert. Temperatures down to 17 degrees have helped produce juice with good sweetness, winemaker Nick Ferrante said.

12/14/2017

Vintners in California and elsewhere are concerned about the damage to grapes from wildfire smoke, even if the fire never reaches their vineyard. Researchers are working on quicker tests to assess the damage from smoke, which can affect varietals in different ways.

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National Public Radio