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Mon December 16, 2013

Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 11:17 am

Freshly caught catfish wriggle in large nets in Doddsville, Miss.
Jackie Northam NPR

Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.

Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.

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Tue December 10, 2013

No Farm Bill This Year

Leaders of the committee working on the farm bill announced they don't expect to pass a bill before they leave Washington for the year.
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Tue December 10, 2013

Rodent Activity Responsible For Windsor Company's Meat Recall

Most products recalled are prepackaged sausage, jerky and pork.
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Mon December 2, 2013

Organic Acreage Continues To Climb In Colorado

Fresh fruits and vegetables make up the largest portion of the organic food sector.
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Walk into a grocery store these days and you’re likely to find whole sections devoted to organic foods. To produce them all and fill the market for organic food, acreage continues to rise. In Colorado alone, acreage of organic crops has more than doubled in the past fifteen years.

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Fri November 22, 2013

Why The ‘Turkey Shortage’ Won't Affect Your Thanksgiving Dinner

No need to panic, there's still plenty of turkey to be had. The "shortage" was only from one company, Butterball, and affected large, fresh birds.
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