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Sep 11, 2013

Exclusive: Washington state testing alfalfa for GMO contamination

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop.

If it is confirmed that the alfalfa in question was genetically modified, it could have broad ramifications, said Hector Castro, spokesman at the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Sep 10, 2013

Record heat wave blasts U.S. Midwest

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A blast of late summer heat was baking the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday with officials closing public schools in Illinois and Ohio and opening cooling centers as record high temperatures roasted parts of the region.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for southern Michigan, including metro Detroit, extending through Wednesday night as temperatures were expected to climb to 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius), above the record for this date of 94 degrees Fahrenheit set in 1983, said Matt Mosteiko, a weather service meteorologist in Michigan.

Sep 5, 2013

Missouri man accused of infecting partner, maybe 300 more, with HIV

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Missouri man was arraigned Thursday on charges that he recklessly infected a sexual partner with the virus that causes AIDS, and a prosecutor said he potentially could have infected 300 more people in two states.

David Mangum, 37, faces a felony charge in Stoddard County Circuit Court in southeastern Missouri accusing him of exposing a 29-year-old man to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes a life-threatening failure of the immune system commonly known as AIDS, according to court documents.

Sep 5, 2013

Farmers appeal complaints about Monsanto to U.S. Supreme Court

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of U.S. farmers, seed companies and others challenging patents on genetically altered crops held by biotech seed giant Monsanto Co. on Thursday appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group, made up of 73 organic and conventional family farmers, seed companies and public advocacy interests, sued Monsanto in March 2011 seeking to prohibit the company from suing them if their fields became contaminated with Monsanto’s patented genetic traits for corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, and other crops.

Sep 4, 2013

USDA criticized for work on poultry plant food safety project

Sept 4 (Reuters) – U.S. agriculture regulators pushing to
overhaul food safety inspections at poultry slaughterhouses have
not thoroughly evaluated several pilot projects, which critics
have said could be jeopardizing food safety, according to a
report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office
(GAO) on Wednesday.

The GAO report also said the U.S. Department of Agriculture
failed to disclose accurate information about the data the
department used to promote what the government calls
“modernization” changes at the plants.

Aug 28, 2013

GMO corn failing to protect fields from pests -report

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Researchers in the key corn-growing state
of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in
farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified
corn, a combination of measures that are supposed to protect the
crop from the pests, according to a new report.

“It’s very alarming,” said Joe Spencer, an insect
behaviorist with the Illinois Natural History Survey who is
researching the issue.

Aug 28, 2013

GMO corn failing to protect fields from pest damage: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Researchers in the key corn-growing state of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified corn that is supposed to protect the crop from the pests, according to a new report.

Evidence gathered from fields in two Illinois counties suggests that pest problems are mounting as the rootworms grow ever more resistant to efforts to fight them, including crop rotation combined with use of the biotech corn, according to the report issued by Michael Gray, a professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois.

Aug 27, 2013

Shrinking water supply under threat in U.S. farm breadbasket -report

Aug 27 (Reuters) – A critical water source for U.S. farmers
and ranchers is being depleted at a rapid rate and nearly 70
percent of it will disappear within the next 50 years if the
current trend does not change, according to a report issued this

Thirty percent of the groundwater from a critical portion of
what is known as the High Plains Aquifer already has been pumped
and another 39 percent will be depleted over the next five
decades, according to the report by environmental science and
engineering experts published on Monday in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.

Aug 23, 2013

Fort Hood murderer, two others seen headed to notorious U.S. prison

LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (Reuters) – Surrounded by 14-foot high fencing and spread over 51 acres of Midwest river country, the U.S. maximum security military prison here has a long history of housing some of the nation’s most notorious soldiers-turned-criminals.

And soon it expects at have at least three more.

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan, who was found guilty on Friday of killing 13, mostly soldiers, in a rampage at a military base in Fort Hood Texas, could become the sixth man on death row at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Aug 21, 2013

U.S. farm, food groups want better oversight of GMO field trials

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – More than 150 U.S. farm and food businesses and organizations on Wednesday called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen its oversight of field trials of experimental, genetically modified crops.

The group includes organic and natural food industry representatives as well as family farm and trade policy players. It said the disarray in international markets after an unapproved genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co was discovered growing unchecked in Oregon this spring is the latest example of the need to change GMO field trial regulations.

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