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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Report: Chicago is sixth 'sneeziest and wheeziest' in U.S.

     Report: Chicago is sixth 'sneeziest and wheeziest' in U.S.
    Chicago ranked as the sixth "sneeziest and wheeziest" city in the United States in a new report on how climate change and carbon emissions are affecting allergies and asthma. The undercurrent of the report, which was compiled by the Natural Resources...
  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms
    Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held more than 5 percent of the...
  • Be an eco-friendly consumer

    Be an eco-friendly consumer
    I consider myself a well-informed consumer who considers the environmental consequences of my product choices. I research options in advance and typically read product labels before I buy. However, I was duped recently when I purchased a face wash that...
  • While pensions burn, state won't squash the pumpkin pie deceit

    While pensions burn, state won't squash the pumpkin pie deceit
    You probably think that with fiscal cyclones swirling in Springfield that the Legislature would be hard at work fixing state pensions. Or perhaps, as the governor prefers, "ripping the guts" from Indiana's economy. While all of that would be fun and...
  • Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm; 5.3 million hens to be euthanized

    Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm; 5.3 million hens to be euthanized
    Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County has nearly 10 percent of the state'...
  • USDA chief: Seize trade chance: Front & Center

    USDA chief: Seize trade chance: Front & Center
    Last week top congressional Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a bill to give President Obama more authority in negotiating trade agreements. Trade promotion authority is key to the president winning passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a...
  • UCF prof tests treatment for citrus greening

    UCF prof tests treatment for citrus greening
    University of Central Florida professor Swadeshmukul Santra was at a conference on citrus greening when an idea came to him that could save the state's ailing citrus industry. That light-bulb moment helped Santra, who works in UCF's NanoScience...
  • A hungry Gwyneth Paltrow fails the food stamp challenge after four days

    A hungry Gwyneth Paltrow fails the food stamp challenge after four days
    After four long days living like America's poor, Gwyneth Paltrow broke her much-mocked attempt at shopping on a food stamp budget in search of some chicken and black licorice. The multimillionaire mom was derided last week when she accepted the...
  • Service held to mark 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing

    Service held to mark 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing
    Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S....
  • Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

    Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use
    California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and...
  • Computer upgrades continue at Wheeler High School

    Computer upgrades continue at Wheeler High School
    Wheeler High School is poised to start a one-student-to-one-computer program a year from August. The school will likely start just the ninth- and 10th-graders with individual portable computers, Superintendent John Hunter said. However, starting the...