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Brutal Winter Has Made For Disaster For Upstate Winemakers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster in 19 upstate New York counties where the severe winter has caused severe damage to vineyards.

03/28/2014

A white-tailed deer (credit: Getty Images)

Eastern Long Island Deer-Culling Program Scaled Back After Stiff Opposition

An ambitious plan to eliminate about 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 white-tailed deer inundating eastern Long Island has been severely scaled back.

02/05/2014

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NJ Slaughterhouse Shut Down For Inhumane Treatment; Company Launches Investigation

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Friday suspended slaughtering operations at Catelli Brothers in Shrewsbury after determining the video documented two instances of inhumane treatment of animals that were to be slaughtered.

01/27/2014

Deer (file/credit: Clipart)

Federal Sharpshooters To Help Control Deer Population On L.I.’s East End

As many as 3,000 deer will be killed during the hunt, which begins in February. Officials said the overpopulation has been blamed for the spread of Lyme disease, damage to crops and car accidents.

12/10/2013

Sen. Charles Schumer (credit: Getty Images)

Schumer: Chicken Slaughtered, Raised In China Could Pose Major Risk

Chicken from China has officials on alert, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

11/10/2013

FILE - Canada geese (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Report: Geese Again Rounded Up For Slaughter At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture rounded up nearly 300 geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and took them away for slaughter Tuesday, according to a published report.

07/02/2013

Hudson Valley Maple Syrup (credit: Deborah Rodriguez/WCBS 880)

Researchers To Conduct Census Of New York State Maple Syrup Production

Federal agriculture researchers will conduct a census of maple syrup production in New York State in April and May.

03/31/2013

Vultures (credit: Bob Marhold)

N.J. Communities Stringing Up Carcasses To Keep Troublesome Vultures Away

New Jersey communities from one of the state to the other have had it with vultures, and have strung up vulture carcasses this winter to drive away flocks of the damaging birds.

03/11/2013

Teacher, Meat, and the LaGuardia Airport control tower (credits: clipart.com, clipart.com, Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Fact Check Friday: Getting The Truth As The Sequester Takes Effect

Airport control towers closing, teachers laid off, and meat going bad or uninspected. These are the claims, some exaggerated, from both sides about these automatic spending cuts starting Friday with the sequester.

03/01/2013

FILE - Canada geese (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Scarsdale Officials To Kill Pesky Geese, Turn Them Into Meat

Problems with Canada geese – from defecation to attacks – have led officials in Scarsdale to decide to kill the birds and turn them into meat.

01/19/2013

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Sandy Food Assistance Money Coming To Some NYC ZIP Codes

The State of New York has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to free up funds for 10 complete and two partial ZIP codes in four of the five boroughs.

12/08/2012

Plum Island Animal Disease Center (credit: USDA)

Sen. Blumenthal Joins Those Who Want Plum Island Preserved

The federal government is shutting down the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located on Long Island Sound. Now the debate over what to do with the space.

10/18/2012

Tractor On A Long Island Farm (Credit: CBS 2)

Dangerously Dry Conditions Could Mean Higher Grocery Bills For Consumers

With little relief in sight from the heat wave, the dangerously dry conditions gripping most of the United States may soon start having a noticeable impact on the price of food the public pays at the grocery store.

07/17/2012

JFK Airport (credit: CBS 2)

Critics Crying Foul Over Plan To Control Bird Populations Near JFK Airport

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan would authorize staffers to kill a half-dozen bird species within a five-mile radius of the airport, but environmentalists said the plan conflicts with an effort to restore nearby wetland habitats for birds.

05/27/2012

Pink slime

Stringer Sounds Warning About ‘Pink Slime,’ Wants It Out Of Schools Now

It’s used as filler in low-grade ground beef. In fact, it looks like ground beef but comes from slaughterhouse trimmings. You’ve probably had some if you’ve ever eaten a bargain burger.

03/21/2012

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