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Sep 27, 2013

Food safety group demands U.S. probe in tainting of alfalfa crop

Sept 27 (Reuters) – A food-safety advocacy group demanded on
Friday that the U.S. government investigate how a Washington
state alfalfa crop became tainted with a genetically modified
trait that was illegal when the seed was purchased.

The Center for Food Safety said it was basing its legal
petition on evidence that the seed used by farmer Joseph Peila
to plant the crop was purchased in the year before the biotech
variety was granted final regulatory approval by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture in 2011.

Sep 20, 2013

Insight: Oklahoma winds may spread deadly swine virus

TEXHOMA, OKLAHOMA/CHICAGO (Reuters) – On the windswept prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, the hog barns of Prestage Farms are lined up like military barracks. The 20,000-sow operation near the Texas border stands at the front lines of a months-long battle to contain a virus that has already killed some 1.3 million hogs in the United States.

Since June, when Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, first hit, Prestage workers have quarantined the area, scrubbed vehicles and sprayed buildings with antiseptic. But those precautions have not stopped a virus that can kill 80 percent of piglets that contract it.

Sep 20, 2013

Oklahoma winds may spread deadly swine virus

TEXHOMA, OKLAHOMA/CHICAGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – On the
windswept prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, the hog barns of
Prestage Farms are lined up like military barracks. The
20,000-sow operation near the Texas border stands at the front
lines of a months-long battle to contain a virus that has
already killed some 1.3 million hogs in the United States.

Since June, when Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv,
first hit, Prestage workers have quarantined the area, scrubbed
vehicles and sprayed buildings with antiseptic. But those
precautions have not stopped a virus that can kill 80 percent of
piglets that contract it.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. charges 6 people, 3 firms with $100 million biofuels fraud

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Six people and three companies, including an Indiana operation claiming to make biofuel from chicken fat and vegetable oils, were charged with defrauding investors and consumers out of more than $100 million, prosecutors in Indianapolis said on Wednesday.

The indictment alleged four men operating E-Biofuels of Middletown, Indiana and two others with New Jersey-based Caravan Trading Co and CIMA Green conspired to exploit a government incentive program that offers tax credits for biofuel use.

Sep 17, 2013

USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

Sept 17 (Reuters) – The detection of a small amount of
genetically modified material in a Washington state farmer’s
non-GMO alfalfa crop constitutes a “commercial issue” only and
does not warrant any government action, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture said on Tuesday.

The Washington state farmer had complained in late August to
state agricultural officials that his alfalfa hay had been
rejected for export sale because of the presence of a
genetically modified trait that makes the crop resistant to
herbicide.

Sep 17, 2013

Albuquerque to put first-ever municipal abortion ban on ballot

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A bill banning abortions in Albuquerque after 20 weeks of pregnancy will be put to voters in New Mexico’s capital city in November and could become the first municipal abortion ban in the nation.

The city council voted 5-4 late on Monday to put on the ballot the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which contains few of the standard abortion exceptions seen in many states.

Sep 16, 2013

USDA weighing what to do in case of GMO alfalfa contamination

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is evaluating whether or not to take action in the case of a Washington state farmer whose alfalfa crop was contaminated with a genetically modified trait that some export customers will not accept, a spokesman said on Monday.

“We’re still in discussion with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to determine what if any actions are warranted, what our next steps will be,” said USDA spokesman Ed Curlett.

Sep 12, 2013

Kansas City priest sentenced to 50 years in prison for child porn

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Kansas City Catholic priest was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Thursday on federal child pornography charges for taking sexually explicit photos of several young girls, including a 2-year-old.

Shawn Ratigan, 47, pleaded guilty in August 2012 to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child pornography.

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.

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