St. Louis, MO—As reported in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, seed and pesticides maker Monsanto has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve a series of complaints about genetically modified soft wheat. Under the terms of the agreement, Monsanto, without admitting liability, is to put $2.1 million into a settlement fund to compensate farmers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho who sold soft white wheat between May 30 and Nov.13, 2013, and an additional $250,000 to wheat growers associations.

As the several year-old drought in California wears on with no end in sight, the state’s agriculture industry is scrambling for answers. Perhaps the hardest hit sector is organic dairy, where regulations make it harder to maintain business as usual through a severe lack of rainfall.

Louisville, KY—The chia seed boom is in full swing, as consumers nationwide are seeking it out due to its growing reputation as a nutritious and versatile addition to the diet.

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Updating a store’s look and feel may seem like a daunting task, but the end result will be worth it if you zero-in on the areas of greatest need—and maybe get some input from knowledgeable partners along the way.

Lakewood, CO—In operation since 1995 as a natural products retailer in Independence, MO, Nature's Pantry, Inc. has been purchased by Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. The store is expected to begin operating under the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage name by the end of 2014.

Denver, CO; Salem, OR—Two state ballot initiatives that would have required the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to be called out on labels failed to pass on Election Day. The vote on Colorado’s Proposition 105 was not close, as voters shot it down 66% to 34%. Oregon’s Measure 92 came up short by less than one percentage point, or about 10,000 votes.

San Diego, CA— A study published in Neural Computation shows that a branded version of coenzyme Q10(CoQ10)  can provide health benefits to veterans suffering from Gulf War illness.

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has revealed findings from their annual Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements that the supplement market will be happy to see.

Washington, D.C.—A new study appearing in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that keeping to a Mediterranean-style diet may play a role in lowering risk of kidney disease.