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Iowa Scientists Say Climate Change Threatens State Agriculture ...

Iowa Scientists Say Climate Change Threatens State Agriculture ... | ALS Animals |
The country's largest corn and soybean producer has been beset by extreme drought as well as extreme flooding in the past two years.

Caitlin Quilter's insight:

A concerning thought is being brought to the farmers in the state of Iowa. 150 scientists representing colleges and universities around the state released a statement about the climate and how it's change can effect the agriculture. However, this isn't just Iowa's problem. This situation can change the nation's supply of corn and soybeans, seeing as how Iowa grows a third of the United States' supply. The people of Iowa should work together to limit future climate change and to make their agriculture more flexible to the weather.

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Ham inquiry over salmonella outbreak

Ham inquiry over salmonella outbreak | ALS Animals |
The source of an outbreak of salmonella in north Wales is potentially linked to cooked ham - as 36 more cases are reported in England.

Via Josh Nelson
Caitlin Quilter's insight:

57 cases salmonella have been reported, 36 of which are in England. The outbreak has thought to have been linked to ham. Researches don't know for sure that ham is the culpret, but most of the patients have reported that they remember eating ham. Many butchers have been tested, but no salmonella has been found. I think it's scary to think that this could become a huge outbreak like the last time. My family eats ham mostly durng the Holidays, so by then I hope that it's not spread here or even still existing at all. 

Brendan Forester's curator insight, September 18, 2013 11:53 PM

In England a Salmonella outbreak has occurred. 57 cases have been reported. Butchers that sell cooked ham have spread it. The butchers have not been found yet but this is so unusual that it probably couldn’t have been a coincidence. The good thing about this is that it is very curable.

Leah Mauch's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:04 PM

36 new cases of salmonella have been reported, from infants to 80 year old prisoners. but no one is sure if it is truely salmonella. The people who seem to have it also have bad hygiene, so they are keeping an eye on it to see what is really happening.

Zack Dafoe's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:43 PM

The number of confirmed cases had risen to 57 - 36 of them in England.

They range from a seven-month-old baby to a pensioner of 87. Nine people have been treated in hospital.

Experts from Public Health Wales (PHW) have been working with Public Health England, the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers to find possible links between the cases and trace the source of the outbreak, after it was initially reported last month.

The suppliers have still not been traced but the link to cooked ham is common in the cases so far.

Cases have also been reported in places as far apart as the north east of England and Norfolk.

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Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say

Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say | ALS Animals |

Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say October 08, 2013 7:33 am • Daniel Simmons-Ritchie Journal staff Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota on Monday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costly in the history of the state’s agriculture industry. As state officials spent the day calculating the multi-million dollar impact to the regional economy from Friday's storm, ranchers began digging up hundreds of cattle that are still buried beneath feet of snow. "This is absolutely, totally devastating," said Steve Schell, a 52-year-old rancher from Caputa. "This is horrendous. I mean the death loss of these cows in this country is unbelievable." Schell said he estimated he had lost half of his herd, but it could be far more. He was still struggling to find snow-buried cattle and those that had been pushed miles by winds that gusted at 70 miles per hour on Friday night. Martha Wierzbicki, emergency management director for Butte County, said the trail of carcasses was a gruesome sight across the region. “They’re in the fence line, laying alongside the roads,” she said. “It’s really sickening.” Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, said most ranchers she had spoken to were reporting that 20 to 50 percent of their herds had been killed. "I have never heard of anything like it," she said. "And none of the ranchers I have talked to can remember anything like it." While South Dakota ranchers are no strangers to blizzards, what made Friday's storm so damaging was how early it arrived in the season. Christen said cattle hadn't yet grown their winter coats to insulate them from freezing wind and snow. In addition, Christen said, during the cold months, ranchers tend to move their cattle to pastures that have more trees and gullies to protect them from storms. Because Friday's storm arrived so early in the year, most ranchers were still grazing their herds on summer pasture, which tend to be more exposed and located farther away from ranch homes. Ultimately, Christen said, she believed that more than 5 percent of the roughly 1.5 million cattle in Western South Dakota had been killed. "It's much higher than that," she said. "But I'm not sure where that number is going to land." Jodie Anderson, executive director of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said the pain for ranchers is now compounded by dysfunction within the federal government. While the government has programs to help ranchers who suffer losses from catastrophic weather events, those programs are in limbo because Congress has failed to pass a farm bill. The legislation is normally passed every five years and controls subsidy and insurance programs for the agriculture industry. Making things worse, because the government is currently in a partial shutdown, ranchers are unable to ask federal officials questions about how they might be reimbursed in the future. "A lot of the government agencies that we would normally be turning to for those answers are furloughed,” she said. “So there's this sort of timing issue that's enhancing the frustration out there in cattle country." The shutdown was caused after House Republicans, including U.S. Rep Kristi Noem, R-S.D., refused to pass a resolution to fund the government unless Democrats weakened or delayed parts of President Obama's 2010 health care overhaul. On Monday, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., pointed to South Dakota's battered ranchers as another example of why House Republicans needed to continue funding the government without preconditions. "Like the snow storm, the government shutdown is causing major disruptions in people’s lives and every day business," he said in a statement. Whether they are eventually reimbursed for their losses or not, however, ranchers are likely to feel the pain for years. David Uhrig, 31, a rancher in Folsom, said he estimated about 25 percent of his herd had been killed, which meant far fewer calves this spring. “We are looking at years of rebuilding to get back to what we lost,” he said. In the short term, however, Uhrig had far more pressing concerns. Like most ranchers, he spent most of Monday searching his land for stray cattle or sorting out cattle that had drifted into neighboring herds. “It’s not uncommon at this point to find cattle that are five miles from where they should be,” he said. “Which doesn't seem like a lot, but to drift five miles in a storm — that’s a lot.” Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota’s state veterinarian, said that the next immediate challenge for ranchers would be disposal of carcasses. “That can be a significant source of disease spread, so we want to make sure those carcasses are burned, buried or rendered as quickly as possible,” he said. Oedekoven said disposal was primarily be the responsibility of ranchers themselves. However, the state was also helping ranchers get in touch with haulers that would take carcasses away for rendering. He added that, while the federal government was in poor shape to offer assistance because of the shutdown and a lack of a farm bill, ranchers should thoroughly document all cattle deaths. He said that could include taking photos, collecting cattle tags, or bringing in a veterinarian or farm service provider as an eye witness of deaths. “If you don’t keep good records about your losses you won’t be available for indemnity funds should they become available,” he said.

Via Josh Nelson
Caitlin Quilter's insight:

This article was a huge shock to me. Tens of thousands of cattle died due to a blizzard that spread across South Dakota. Ranchers in South Dakota are usually used to blizzards, but not this early in the year. The cattle didn't get their winter coats yet, which provide them with insulation, so it was easier for them to die due to the cold. Most ranchers in South Dakota lost a majority of their herd, and they're concerned about whether or not they will get help funding what they have lost. Since the government is in parcial shutdown, everything is iffy. The ranchers are being told to keep track of how many cattle they have lost so that funds will be available to them, if they ever become available. 

Summer Rain Reimer's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:38 PM

There was a blizzard  in South Dakota. They didn't know about the  storm coming .They left the cattles out over night and it snowed  really bad. The cattles got buried in the snow and they can't get out  because the snow was heavy . Over 10,000 cattles got killed by the blizzard. They hadent grown their winter coats to keep them warm because it takes a long time to grow the winter coats. But the blizzard came to South Dakota early then they expected and that why they had died. cause their coats didnt grow all the way in .

Josh Nelson's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:16 PM

Cassie Chriswell:

This all took place in South Dakota!  It was a big blizard that cost a lot of money due to all the cattle lost.  Officals say that it is going to be a multi-million dollar loss due to the calculations.  That's not good!  Winds gusted up to and at 70 miles per hour on that Friday night.  It was so bad because most of the cattle hadent grown a there winter fur coat yet.  Most of the cattle got blown away or frozen to death due to the cold weather.   Estimates we made that 1.5 million cattle died in South Dakota due to the biggest blizard.

Connor Emmert's curator insight, December 10, 2013 3:53 PM

This kinda of thing really sucks. but theres really nothing anyone can do. I think maybe having more shelter may have helped though. the damage is in the millions , not to mention the farmers that dont have that kind of insurance. this is just a crappy thing all around

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iPads open doors for students in poor school districts

iPads open doors for students in poor school districts | ALS Animals |

"COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. -- For Alicia Silva, a single mother with three kids and three jobs, an iPad is out of reach.


Silva works as a part-time art teacher, seamstress and home-care provider, and like many hard-working parents, can't afford a tablet computer.


Sometime in the next few weeks, though, the Coachella Valley Unified School District will take care of that. It will issue an iPad to each of Silva's three children as part of a program that will provide them to all 19,000 students in the district, one of the state's poorest."

Via John Evans
Caitlin Quilter's insight:

Coachella Valley, California are giving all of their students Ipads to be used for school. 90% of their district is living in poverty, so this is helping a lot. They're saying that the kids will be involved in learning in a way that they've never been involved before. 

harish magan's comment, September 18, 2013 11:57 AM
know that Child's mind is delicate and it would be difficult for him to make a difference in what is required by his/her potential.
harish magan's comment, September 18, 2013 12:02 PM
It is very good to note that School administration is taking care of the needs of poor people by distributing it free. I think moren more corporate should come forward and help in eradicating this social difference between rich and poor.More technical advance in early stage will produce quality students who would be self sustaining and would discover many innovations which will change the future.
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:56 AM

I find it very interesting that Coachella Valley Unified has found the resources to provide all children in the school with iPads. Although it is a good idea, as in this ever increasing technology dependent world it becomes essential for children to have access to the internet. With these iPads children can save a lot of money on text books and trips to do research in the libraries. This is especially helpful as a lot of the district is very poor as farming and similar jobs are in the majority(90 %). I do however feel that preschool children to not have a need for iPads and they are more likely to break them or lose them. The funding of iPads to preschool children could be put to better use. This story is engaging as it starts from the perspective of one family to get you interested and then widens into the whole school.