Agriculture

Why Doesn't Congress Want You To Read These Reports?

For decades, Congress has refused to release taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service. Fortunately, the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project gets them and releases them. Here are some new explainers that may be of use to environmental journalists.

GAO: USDA Must Act, Drive Down Dangerously High Poultry Pathogen Rates

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture must set strict pathogen limits for poultry products with the highest contamination rates and find ways to measure a poultry plant’s success with these new standards, according to a government report released Thursday."

Source: Wash Post, 10/21/2014

"Farmers Gain Weapon Against Devastating Pig Virus"

""A disease that killed off at least 10 percent of the nation’s hogs in the last year is starting to threaten farmers again as colder weather approaches. But they have new tools to fight the ailment, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The Agriculture Department has conditionally approved two vaccines, and a third is on the horizon."

Source: NY Times, 10/10/2014

Chesapeake Cleanup Would Bring Economic Benefit Of $22.5 Billion: Study

The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says."

Source: AP, 10/07/2014

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