The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported
The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef, and pastrami. Read More
How many lemon trees does it take to make San Francisco self-sustainable? About 12,000.
A group is trying to track the number of trees in The City in a step toward self-sustainability, and all you have to do to help is sign up.
“It’s a cool concept to think The City might be able to provide its own product,” said Doug Wildman, program director for Friends of the Urban Forest. “It’s urban agriculture.” Read More
It's unclear whether farmers in Georgia and Alabama will face a shortage of workers due to tough new laws targeting illegal immigration, but some producers said they have begun changing their plans for planting and harvesting this year's crops.
Some farmers said they might reduce the number of acres they plant or shift to less labor-intensive crops, while others are bracing for higher labor prices and have turned to new recruiting tools to attract workers. Read More
Six months after the U.N. declared Somalia's capital a famine zone, the number of refugees in the capital is dwindling, as most of the men have gone home to try to revive devastated herds and withered crops.
The women — and the kids — would like to join them, but many don't have enough money. That means fewer hands on the farm and a smaller harvest. Read More
This is the time of year when residents who often live with the nation's worst pollution often can draw a breath of fresh air. But this winter has not been kind to people who want to play outside in California's Central Valley. Read More
Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it began to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers looking to cast off a rough year and cheer their way to something better in 2012.
For all of the holiday's bittersweet potential, New York City always treats it like a big party — albeit one that, for a decade now, has taken place under the watchful eye of a massive security force. Read More
The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes.
A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Read More
Today’s Washington Post highlights a dilemma for the Tea Party movement in West Tennessee: Can they get behind a very conservative cotton farmer named Stephen Fincher as their congressional candidate if he’s taking $200,000 in annual agricultural subsidies? Read More
ON TARGET: The state Legislature approved a bill that would require public hearings and health evaluations before officials could order aerial spraying in cities to control agricultural pests.
It was in response to the Schwarzenegger administration’s aborted plans to use aerial spraying to control the light-brown apple moth in the San Francisco and Monterey areas. Read More