STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Atmospheric Rivers
Rivers flood. We know that all too well here in the Red River Valley. But there is another kind of river that has been causing flooding in California that you may not have heard about, an atmospheric ... Posted on 12/3/12 at 10:11 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa — The number of dairies in California has plummeted by more than 500 in the past decade, with many moving to other states enticing them with promises of lower costs and simpler regulations.
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. — When vintner Randall Grahm chose the time and place to plant his new pinot noir vines, he weighed all the things farmers usually consider: drainage, soil quality and weather.
FRESNO, Calif. — A state report says California should start tracking how much water is being pumped from underground aquifers to get a better measurement of what some officials consider unreliable supplies.
A Lake County, S.D., man this month shot a feral pig, an animal usually found in the southern United States. Chad Aker said the animal was first sighted about six weeks ago by farmers chopping corn for silage. Aker found the pig on his property Nov. 2 about 14 miles northwest of Madison, S.D., and brought down the animal with a rifle.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A former executive for a California-based tomato processor agreed to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to drive up food prices nationwide, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Recent filings in a federal lawsuit claim that a California meatpacking plant that supplied the nation's school lunch program slaughtered sick cows for nearly four years, and hid it from U.S. officials.
Nebraska and Texas are investigating positive cases of bovine tuberculosis to determine whether there has been an outbreak of the disease already confirmed in California, Minnesota (where it was found in northwest Minnesota), Michigan and New Mexico. The disease is considered untreatable in cattle, so both infected and uninfected animals in a herd usually are killed when bovine tuberculosis is found.
In Minnesota, the nation’s leader in E85 pumps, sales fell off by more than half this spring compared with the year before, a disappointment to E85 producers and the farmers who supply them with corn to make the fuel. It’s also a letdown for those who hoped the blend would provide a cleaner alternative to gasoline and accelerate the move away from fossil fuels.
Health officials are investigating a never-before-seen form of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses and which has infected seven people in California and Texas. All the victims recovered, but the cases are a growing medical mystery because it's unclear how they caught the virus.
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