Agriculture

12:46pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Salt

Chicken Diapers? Urban Farming Spawns Accessory Lines

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:19 am

Clucking all the way to the bank: A hen models a polka-dot diaper from MyPetChicken.com, a multimillion-dollar business that sells everything from chicken caviar treats to day-old birds.
Courtesy of MyPetChicken.com

There's free range and then there's free rein — around your house.

When Julie Baker's backyard birds started spending more time inside, it was tough to keep them clean. So she got innovative.

She sewed up a cloth diaper — chicken-sized, of course — added a few buttons and strapped it onto her little lady.

One thing led to another, and eventually, a business was born.

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1:19am

Wed May 1, 2013
The Salt

Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Turn Up Again In Turkey Meat

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:29 pm

A truckload of live turkeys arrives at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., in 2011. Most turkeys in the U.S. are regularly given low doses of antibiotics.
Danny Johnston AP

Consumer groups are stepping up pressure on animal producers and their practice of giving antibiotics to healthy animals to prevent disease. In two new reports, the groups say they're worried that the preventive use of antibiotics is contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which get harder to treat in humans and animals over time.

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1:55pm

Tue April 30, 2013
The Salt

Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:01 pm

American farms like this iceberg lettuce field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods outside Salinas, Calif., are facing a dwindling supply of farmworkers from rural Mexico.
Kirk Siegler

The Salinas Valley in Northern California grows about 80 percent of the country's lettuce, and it takes a lot of people to pick and pack it. In a field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a dozen lechugueros, or lettuce pickers, are bent at the waist, cutting heads of iceberg lettuce. They work frantically to stay in front of a line of 12 more packers, who seal them with tape and toss them onto a conveyor belt.

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11:30am

Tue April 30, 2013
Agriculture

The Curious Cases Of Contaminated Cantaloupes

Since 2007 there have been at least seven foodborne illness outbreaks tied to cantaloupe, according to the Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database.
Credit Kabsik Park / Flickr/Creative Commons

5:00am

Tue April 30, 2013
Agriculture

This Little Piggy Has A Market Niche

When these baby pigs get bigger, Iowa farmer Randy Hilleman will move them from this nursery to an open-ended hoop house where they can move between indoors and out.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

The pork business certainly has its challenges. Hog farmers continually grapple with high feed prices, environmental hiccups and criticism from animal welfare groups.

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