Agriculture

1:23pm

Tue April 24, 2012
The Two-Way

USDA: New Case Of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 4:25 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has confirmed a case of Mad Cow disease in a cow in central California. It is the fourth case found in the country in recent years.

The animal was a dairy cow and "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," U.S.D.A. Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford said in a statement.

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1:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Salt

How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:36 am

A clampdown on contamination in growing fields has pushed out wildlife and destroyed habitats.
Adam Cole NPR

We'd probably like to think that clean, safe food goes hand in hand with pristine nature, with lots of wildlife and clean water. But in the part of California that grows a lot of the country's lettuce and spinach, these two goals have come into conflict.

Environmental advocates say a single-minded focus on food safety has forced growers of salad greens to strip vegetation from around their fields, harming wildlife and polluting streams and rivers.

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3:30pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Women Take Over The Farm

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 8:23 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Staying in the middle of the country, you might have heard that America's farmers are getting older. Something else you probably know: women tend to outlive men. So do the math and what do you get? More women in charge of land and some who aren't really sure how to take care of it. So as Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon reports, female conservationists are reaching out to this growing group.

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5:13pm

Wed April 11, 2012
Business

Bennet Hopeful on Farm Bill Reauthorization

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) joined NRCS director Dave White in Greeley Wednesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Despite a polarized Congress, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says he’s optimistic that the 2012 Farm Bill can be re-authorized before the November election.  The bill allocates billions of dollars for everything from disaster assistance to school nutrition efforts and Bennet has been holding listening sessions with farmers across the state as the Senate committee he sits on is preparing to draft legislation. 

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4:21pm

Wed April 4, 2012
The Salt

Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons

A dairy farmer drives some of his Holstein cows out to pasture in the Madison County, N.Y. town of Lenox.
Jim Commentucci The Post-Standard /Landov

What's plentiful in upstate New York? Cows and prison inmates, to name a few things.

Reformists in the two communities don't make natural allies, but organizer Lauren Melodia is trying to do just that.

"I was living in this prison town, and at the same time, the dairy industry was in a lot of turmoil," Melodia tells The Salt. "We thought this [dairy] might be the perfect ally in trying to build a different economy in upstate New York, and shift some of the economic dependency away from the prison system."

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