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USDA Declares 44 Illinois Counties Disaster Areas

Summer’s drought and excessive heat have led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 44 Illinois counties natural disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in another 33 counties also qualify for assistance because they are contiguous to the affected areas. The …

Government Still Seeking Source of Tainted Turkey

Consumers looking for answers about a salmonella outbreak linked to ground turkey will have to continue to wait as the government investigates the source of at least 76 illnesses and one death. The Agriculture Department and the federal Centers for …

USDA Declares Disaster for 74 Oklahoma Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a disaster declaration for 74 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Gov. Mary Fallin said the secretarial disaster declaration was issued on Wednesday in response to her June 10 request to help farmers hit by …

E. coli Outbreak Points to Gaps in U.S. Food Safety System

The nasty form of E. coli hitting Europe points out gaps in the U.S. food safety system that raise concern that similar outbreaks might happen here. It’s impossible to test for every illness-causing form of E. coli, even the kinds …