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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Goats helping Hawk Mountain take bite out of weeds

    Hawk Mountain Sanctuary hired some new workers last month and, like a lot of summer help, they are getting low wages — $1 per day. In an attempt to rid Hawk Mountain of a noxious weed called Japanese stiltgrass, the sanctuary has been leasing goats...
  • Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar...
  • Unemployment, poverty at the root of Israeli-Palestinian conflict [Letter]

    Unemployment, poverty at the root of Israeli-Palestinian conflict [Letter]
    Letter writer Eric Rozenman concludes that the Palestinian "celebration" of the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month is noteworthy because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly announced his regrets and said the perpetrators would...
  • 67 giant African snails, meant for human consumption, seized at LAX

    67 giant African snails, meant for human consumption, seized at LAX
    Two picnic baskets packed with 67 live giant African snails were seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Monday. The snails, which weighed a total of more than 35 pounds and reportedly were intended for human...
  • CDC outlines 5 incidents in which deadly pathogens were mishandled

    CDC outlines 5 incidents in which deadly pathogens were mishandled
    Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of government researchers to live anthrax bacteria. ...
  • John M. Crisp: A local climate-change laboratory with global implications

    If you were looking for a place to contemplate global climate change in a microcosm climate change writ small you could do worse than to consider my humble corner of the world. In some respects, this area is a laboratory for the competing climate and...
  • Here's why you have to refrigerate eggs in the U.S. but not in Europe

    Here's why you have to refrigerate eggs in the U.S. but not in Europe
    Europeans store their eggs at room temperature, while Americans refrigerate them. This is something that inspires some American tourists on their return home to adapt a more Continental attitude to the storage of eggs. Bad idea. Though keeping eggs at...
  • Second investigation of CDC anthrax lapse finds more problems

    Another federal investigation has found numerous safety problems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s bioterrorism lab after a lapse last month that potentially exposed several dozen workers to anthrax, according to a House memo...
  • U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses

    U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses
    U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday faulted a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses at government laboratories handling deadly pathogens such as anthrax and avian flu, calling for an overhaul of controls at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....
  • A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'

    A look inside the healing garden of Howard's 'Dr. Duke'
    With its four terraces of thriving plants sloping down toward a babbling lily pond, Jim Duke's garden could certainly be considered a healing place. And that's precisely what the world-renowned botanist and author's Green Farmacy Garden is....
  • Fresh Pride closure leaves Southeast Community with little access to fresh food

    Fresh Pride closure leaves Southeast Community with little access to fresh food
    Residents of the Southeast Community in Newport News wonder when or if they'll get a new grocery store to replace the Fresh Pride that closed with little warning late last month. The store that now sits boarded up at 2309 Jefferson Ave. was the only...