Our quest to protect endangered animals can take us to some very wild places. In this case, it leads to a place very tame: A small farm in Lac qui Parle County. Humble Roots Heritage Farm is home to a happy mix of domesticated farm animals that are rapidly disappearing from the world.
Even if nobody gets sick with H1N1 flu at Jim Gibbens’ Hexagon Farms near Cando, N.D., the virus already has taken a serious toll there.
The villain isn’t the virus itself, actually, but the name by which it commonly goes:
Canada’s minister of international trade says a Chinese ban on Alberta pork over fears of swine flu is “disappointing and unwarranted.” Stockwell Day says federal government officials in Beijing are attempting to “clarify” the situation.
The farms and ranches that have over 1,000 head of beef cattle now must report certain chemicals emitted from their animal’s waste to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency final rule.
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