November 27, 2009 |
As soon as Renee Legro saw the sheep, she screamed. The herd, 1,300 strong, has been coming for 30 years to graze in this valley on the backside of the Continental Divide. But as Colorado has become an adventure sports destination, the once-empty valley has filled with hikers, campers and mountain bikers like Legro, and she was about to tragically embody the collision of the old West with the new. Legro, 33, screamed because she knew what came with the herd -- guard dogs.
September 8, 2009 |
Mention tigers to the residents of Indok Village and you elicit an immediate growl. The community of 300 families on the periphery of the Sariska Tiger Reserve says it has lost 20 cows and water buffalo in the last several months and 1,000 in a generation. For those living at subsistence level and measuring their wealth in hooves, that's seen as a pretty good reason to hate tigers -- and their protectors. "When the tigers attack our livestock, we're never compensated," said Buddhalal Meena, a farmer in his 40s dressed in a dirty undershirt, jabbing the air with a scythe to make a point.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2009 |
Mission artifacts that could be more than 200 years old were discovered during an archaeological survey near the San Gabriel Mission, an environmental consultant said Wednesday. Pottery, brick, livestock bones and remnants of a masonry waterway associated with a mill built in 1823 were among the artifacts discovered Tuesday during the dig. Archaeologists also recovered items linked with the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the late 1800s.
June 6, 2009 |
Watch out, little white lab mouse. Barnyard animals are gunning for your job. A bullish group of agricultural scientists says that farm animals have been vastly underrated as a resource for improving human health -- and they're vying for some of the billions of dollars the government invests in biomedical research. The human-sized hearts and blood vessels of pigs are well-suited for the study of cardiovascular disease, they say.
March 6, 2009 |
A car bomb exploded at a crowded livestock market south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in a mainly Shiite Muslim area that the U.S. military has described as one of the safest in Iraq. The blast, which injured 57 people, struck the market at the height of trading, scattering animal carcasses and human remains across the dirt.
March 1, 2009 |
Weeks before his reelection bid, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Saturday that the government would cancel hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of debt owed by farmers and livestock producers, the state-run news agency reported. Voters in the natural-gas-rich North African country go to the polls for the presidential election on April 9. Bouteflika is running for a third term, an option that parliament gave him recently by changing the constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2008 |
As a little boy growing up in then-rural South El Monte, Richard Kruse could do a 360-degree spin outside his family's feed mill and see nothing but open land and hog farms. That was in 1950. In 2008, the 1.5-acre plot that Kruse's father and uncle took over in 1935 is within eyesight of warehouses, tract homes and a Carl's Jr. And today, Kruse Feed & Supply, the 30-year-old retail store that sprang from the family feed mill business, will close its doors on Santa Anita Avenue.
December 16, 2008 |
A hardy, pedestrian plant is doing triple duty in California's agricultural heartland. Farmers, water managers and agriculture researchers are watching an experiment using canola plants to absorb the salt from soil and water. The seeds are then crushed to extract oil for blending into environmentally friendly biodiesel. If that were the end of the story, it would be just another case of farmers turning food into fuel.
December 6, 2008 |
For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if the federal government decides to charge fees for air-polluting animals. Farmers are turning their noses up at the notion, which they contend is a possible consequence of an Environmental Protection Agency report after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases from motor vehicles amount to air pollution.
July 31, 2008 |
He's the Shaquille O'Neal of horses. No . . . bigger. Weighing 3,030 pounds and standing 19.5 hands high (6 feet 6 at the withers), Hercules the Giant Horse is the Yao Ming of the county fair circuit. But he doesn't dunk or rebound; Hercules patiently stands in a makeshift barn that's barely big enough to contain him. He blinks his massive eyelids as he calmly receives a steady stream of visitors. Parents pry their children off the railing, teenagers gawk and everyone pulls out a camera.