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Research from the Midwest
6:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Study: Cellulosic Ethanol Production Might Harm Climate

Bales of corn stover, which can be used to create cellulosic ethanol, sit in a field.
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Biofuels made in the Midwest from corn stover -- the leftovers of harvested corn plants -- might be worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term.

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Suicide More Prevalent in Rural Areas
1:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

U.S. Farmers and Suicide

A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men.
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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Virus Killing Piglets
9:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

USDA Makes PED Reportable Disease

The PED virus has hit hog farms all over the country and cut pork supplies.
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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Invasive Species
12:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Midwest Rivers of Asian Carp

Recently processed Asian carp hang in racks at the Two Rivers Fisheries processing plant in Wickliffe, Ky. The fishing industry hopes demand from China can both create a market for, and help rid U.S. rivers of, the invasive species.
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Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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Ten Years of Data
2:45 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report: Foodborne Illnesses More Likely to Come from Restaurants

Foodborne illnesses attributed to restaurants dwarfed the number of illnesses tied to in-home meals in a new report.
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You’re much more likely to get a foodborne illness eating at a restaurant than in your own home, according to a new report.

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Prospective Plantings Report
6:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

USDA Predicts More Soybean Acres This Year

Acres planted in soybeans could reach a record high this year.
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The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.

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Eating Dangerously
11:34 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Unpacking Lessons from the Cantaloupe Listeria Scare

Cantaloupe
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When Colorado cantaloupe laden with the deadly pathogen listeria killed more than 30 people in 2011, shockwaves rippled throughout the food industry.

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Federal Rules Forthcoming
1:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You?

Agriculture consultant Chad Colby shows a room of Midwest farmers how GPS can control a high-definition camera attached to a UAV.
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Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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Food Terrorism
2:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Padlock the Milk! FDA’s Push to Safeguard the Food Supply

Milk is an extremely popular item on the University of Missouri campus, says purchasing coordinator Sandy Perley. "Our entire campus in a year drinks about 96,000 gallons of milk. And by our best calculation, that’s about 326 gallons a day."
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Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.

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Food Terrorism
12:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Could Our Food Supply Be a Target for Terrorists?

A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
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It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.

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