Agriculture

5:00am

Fri February 8, 2013
Agriculture

Modernizing Poultry Inspection Is No Easy Matter

Retired federal chicken inspector Phyllis McKelvey worked with Change.org and Whistleblower.org to gather signatures on a petition opposing the proposed new poultry slaughter rule. She delivered over 177,000 signatures to the USDA.
Whistleblower.org

Retired federal inspector Phyllis McKelvey spent 44 years looking for blemishes and other defects on chicken carcasses. She started as an inspector’s helper, worked her way up, and in 1998, became part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture trial.

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5:01am

Thu February 7, 2013
Business

As Drought Lingers, Colorado Tries to Prevent Economic Dryout

Aerial views of drought-affected Colorado farm lands in July 2012, 83 miles east of Denver. Green areas are irrigated, yellow areas are dryland wheat crops
Lance Cheung U.S. Dept of Agriculture

1:59pm

Wed February 6, 2013
U.S.

As Drought Intensifies, 2 States Dig In Over Water War

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:28 pm

Harlan County Lake, the Republican River's main reservoir in Nebraska, dropped 10 feet during the summer drought and hasn't recovered.
Grant Gerlock

Epic water battles are the stuff of history and legend, especially in the West. And as a severe drought drags on in the Midwest, a water war is being waged over a river that irrigates agriculture in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

It's that last border crossing where this water war is under way. Kansas has gone to the Supreme Court to argue that Nebraska uses too much water from the Republican River, and that there's not enough left for Kansas farmers.

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11:15am

Mon February 4, 2013

10:56am

Mon February 4, 2013
Environment

Drought Raises Stakes on Republican River

Mark Taddiken has watched the Republican River rise and fall in north-central Kansas. Three-quarters of his land is irrigated with water from the river.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

There’s a border war going in the Midwest and it’s over water. Kansas and Nebraska have been battling for years over the water in the Republican River, which runs from Colorado to Kansas, through Nebraska.

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