Agriculture

"Bees Facing a Poisoned Spring"

"A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory."

Source: UK Independent, 01/20/2011

"Want to Find Out Where Your Fruit Was Grown? Good Luck"

"On May 6, 2014, as I read through the morning's incoming email, a Food Safety Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a "voluntary recall of mangoes due to possible health risk" from the bacteria Listeria caught my eye. This grabbed my attention because at the time, a handsome sunset-hued mango, purchased several days before at my neighborhood market in Portland, Oregon, was ripening on the kitchen counter."

Source: Mother Jones/FERN, 09/25/2014

"U.S. Aims to Curb Peril of Antibiotic Resistance"

"The Obama administration on Thursday announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of new drugs, tighter stewardship of existing ones, and improvements in tracking the use of antibiotics and the microbes that are resistant to them."

Source: NY Times, 09/19/2014
September 30, 2014

USDA Webinar - Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy

This webinar, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central time, highlights the newest online resource for learning about Soil Taxonomy. The “Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy” was developed for use by multiple audiences to gain initial understanding and insight into soil classification. The Guide is a highly illustrated derivative product of the 12th "Keys to Soil Taxonomy" presenting soil classification to the great group level.

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