| Aug 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, N.M. — Scientists in the West have a particular way of walking a landscape and divining its secrets: They kick a toe into loamy soil or drag a boot heel across the desert's crust, leaning down to squint at the tiny excavation....
| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses next week.
U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by the Humane...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:52 PM
More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled after a possible E. coli contamination at a Kansas plant, but some packages may already have made their way to store shelves.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture determined the ground beef was...
| Aug 25, 2013
Many large-scale commercial breeders of dogs that sell to pet stores have been criticized by animal welfare advocates and public officials as puppy mills, where female dogs are often overbred in inhumane conditions. Nonetheless, large breeders of...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Parents can expect to shell out $241,080 to care for a baby born last year. And those expenses are doubled if that child goes to college.
Taking care of a kid has never been more pricey, with child-rearing expenses jumping 2.6% from 2011, according to a...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has improperly paid millions of dollars in aid to thousands of farmers after they have died, according to a government audit.
An inspection of the department's crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Much of the recent debate over serving milk to children has been about flavored milk: Should it be distributed in schools? Or should the only milk given to children be of the unflavored, reduced-fat variety?
Two Harvard scientists known for...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 10:32 AM
The tricolored blackbird was once among the most common birds in California, with vast colonies of the colorful and highly gregarious species nesting and foraging year-round in marshes and rangelands.
Scientists have been worried about a decline in...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:17 PM
There's a dearth of evidence that genetically engineered food is dangerous to human health — but that doesn’t mean consumers are wrong to have concerns about its effect on the environment and on non-bioengineered crops. U.S. agribusiness has...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:24 PM
As a member of Congress, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is proud to stand up for the principles of limited government and individual responsibility.
The first-term congressman expresses skepticism about such safety-net programs as food stamps, regarding...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 1:00 PM
An estimated 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds — roughly one-fifth of the species’ entire global population — were saved this year when six Central California dairy farmers were paid to delay harvesting their silage crops through the...