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12:52am

Fri August 16, 2013
The Salt

Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:52 am

Picker Erika Nicolas Garcia, 18, fills her pail at a blueberry farm near Hillsboro, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.

In Richland, Wash., Genoa Blankenship pops open the lid on a box of blueberries. Her three young children struggle to stop wiggling. Blankenship loves the idea of healthy snacks that are easy to take along to soccer practice.

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5:04pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Personal Economy

That 2012 Bundle Of Joy Will Cost You $241,080 To Raise

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:19 am

Eight-week-old Eleanor Delp attends a "What to Expect" baby shower with her mother in August of 2012 in Springfield, Virginia.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The United States Department of Agriculture has crunched the numbers and it concludes today that if you had a child in 2012, it'll cost you $241,080 to raise him or her for next 17 years.

If you adjust it for inflation, that number soars to $301,970.

This represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011. The USDA reports:

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2:01pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Salt

Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:44 am

Time for a meat locker? One Flickr user's freezer after purchasing a large share of a pig.
Cowgirl Jules via Flickr

Why buy 1 pound of hamburger meat from a local farmer when you can buy 5 pounds — plus another 20 pounds of stew meat, steaks and roast — for as little as half the price of what it all goes for at the market?

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6:00am

Fri July 26, 2013
Agriculture

How Secure Is 'The Fort Knox Of Seeds?'

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center For Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. 

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5:30am

Tue July 23, 2013
Agriculture

A Food Fight Over U.S. Sugar Program

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Bill Wheelhouse Harvest Public Media

Americans consume a lot of sweets. Even discounting all the high fructose corn syrup you find in soft drinks, the average consumer takes in about 40 pounds of refined sugar in a year, according to the USDA.

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