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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency...
  • Florida backyard beekeepers keep hope, and honey, alive

    Florida backyard beekeepers keep hope, and honey, alive
    In a Maitland backyard, there's an unusual buzz in the air. It's bees. Thousands and thousands of bees. Dorine Olive and Chuck Fletcher have a whole colony of the insects, and it's time for the honey harvest. Like backyard chickens, backyard...
  • 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. ...
  • Policing sucrose is not panacea: Front Burner

    The sugar industry has been a significant part of Florida's proud history since before the American Revolution. Nearly 250 years later, the sugar industry now contributes $3.2 billion in economic activity and supports nearly 12,500 jobs in the...
  • Notes and notables

    Food for thought How do you create an oasis in a food desert? We're not going to suggest that it would be easy, but perhaps there is an approach that seems feasible and could be highly beneficial to local residents in need as well as to local businesses....
  • 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...
  • 'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

    LONDON (Reuters) - The challenge of ensuring future food security as populations grow and diets change has its roots in soil, but the increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation.    ...
  • U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional panel probing the mishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories will try to determine if U.S. officials sought to cover up an incident involving deadly avian flu, its Republican chairman said on Tuesday....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...