U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

8:33am

Tue January 29, 2013
The Salt

Raw Beef Kibbeh Blamed In Salmonella Outbreak. Is Steak Tartare Next?

A traditional steak tartare with egg, onion and capers.
iStockphoto.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is amplifying recommendations it's made for years: Don't eat raw or undercooked ground beef. And the call may take on new significance in the wake of reports released last week about a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella in which nearly half the victims reported eating a raw ground beef dish at the same restaurant.

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3:53pm

Sat January 12, 2013
Environment

From Corn Belt To Main Street: The Drought's Far-Reaching Grasp

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 5:37 pm

The sun shines above a farm near White City, Kan., in November.
Orlin Wagner AP

The U.S. had its hottest year on record last year. That heat, combined with the relatively dry winter that came before, has brought a historic drought.

From forest fires and low crop yields, to infrastructure and recreation, the drought has been costly, with early estimates putting the cost at between $50 billion and $80 billion.

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4:13pm

Wed January 9, 2013
Agriculture

Drought Assistance Designated For 43 Colorado Counties

Nigel Jones Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat. All qualified farm operators within those areas will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

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5:00am

Tue January 8, 2013
Agriculture

Drought Takes Head Start Into 2013

An aerial view of farmland affected by the drought in northeastern Colorado in July 2012. Green circles show irrigated crops next to yellowed, dryland wheat fields.
Lance Cheung USDA

12:23pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Agriculture

After Public Outcry, USDA Maintains Hot-Iron Brand as Livestock ID Form

Under the new USDA rules, ear tags will be accepted in all 50 states. But states have the option of also accepting the hot-iron brand--something not included in original USDA rules.
Grace Hood KUNC

After a three year battle, a symbol of the American west—the cattle brand—will be preserved in new rules governing livestock identification.

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