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Sunflower Seeds and Oil

  Key Facts Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is one of the few crop species that originated in North America Native Americans domesticated the crop around 1000 BC 85% of the North American sunflower seed is still produced in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun. They are remarkably tough Read more

Sweet Corn

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Key Facts Fresh-cut sweet corn kernels are extremely perishable, with very high respiration rates, making proper temperature control critical. While there are concerns regarding various mycotoxins in field corn fed to animals, there is minimal risk associated with mycotoxins in sweet corn consumed by humans. According to the FDA, minimal traces of, fumonisins (a type Read more

Swiss Chard

Key Facts Chard is referred to as Swiss chard, a close relative of the beet and is grown for its leaves and stems as opposed to the edible root, and is a popular choice by consumers. The leafy green is known for its bright colored stems of red, yellow, pink, and purple. The major varieties Read more

Watermelon

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  Key Facts Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, cantaloupes, and other melons This annual fruit crop has a smooth green rind; the flesh is most commonly red but may be yellow or orange Watermelon can be seeded or seedless, hybrid or open-pollinated Watermelon has been Read more

Yogurt

Key Facts Yogurt is made from milk cultured with live bacteria. Yogurt is consumed in a variety of ways, including Greek yogurt, drinkable yogurt, and frozen yogurt. The use of pasteurized milk is a key barrier to foodborne pathogen transmission in yogurt products. Raw milk can contain pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., and Read more