Sun March 24, 2013
The Salt

Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.

Backyard chickens have become a coveted suburban accessory, one that packages cuteness, convenience and local food production in one fluffy feathered package.

But animal husbandry can be a nasty business, a fact that's often glossed over by poultry partisans like Martha Stewart and New Yorker writer Susan Orlean.

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Sat March 23, 2013
Buried In Grain

Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?

Two young workers died in flowing corn at this commercial grain storage complex in Mount Carroll, Ill., in 2010. OSHA regulates 13,000 commercial grain bins like these. But grain bins on 300,000 family farms are largely exempt from OSHA regulations.
John W. Poole NPR

The commercial grain industry responded to a record number of grain entrapments and deaths in 2010 with more safety videos, publications and training programs.

"Have tragic incidents still happened? Yes," says Jeff Adkisson, who heads the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. "Are we working to reduce them further? Absolutely."

Randy Gordon, president of the National Grain and Feed Association, sees no need for additional regulations. "The [occupational safety and health] standards, we think, are very adequate to address this danger," he says.

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Thu March 21, 2013
The Salt

Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:58 pm

Farmers harvest a sugar beet crop in Gilcrest, Colo.
Matthew Staver Landov


Thu March 21, 2013

Waiting For Colorado’s Drought To Improve? It’s Going To Be Awhile

The U.S. drought outlook shows much of Colorado will remain dry throughout the spring and summer, with little to no relief from the dry spell.


Wed March 20, 2013

At Ag Day, Water Talk Just As Dominant As Agriculture Talk

The Colorado Agriculture Council teamed up with some of the state’s chefs for a ‘Farm to Fork’ cooking competition. Dishes included a range of in-state farming products like honey, wheat, buffalo and potatoes
Luke Runyon KUNC

Colorado officials touted the state's ability to grow food Tuesday for National Agriculture Day. Another topic captured just as much attention.

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