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Mon July 28, 2014

5:45am

Mon July 28, 2014
Agriculture

Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Salt

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:23 pm

A worker dries coffee beans at a coffee plantation in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in February 2013.
Moises Castillo AP

Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.

"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.

But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or roya in Spanish, hit his crop.

"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:37 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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3:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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