Bitter court feud over sweet Vidalia onions

SAVANNAH, Ga. - No Vidalia onion will be harvested before its time. So says the agricultural commissioner who claims farmers should face fines for shipping one of Georgia's premier crops too early.

Virus killing million of pigs

MILWAUKEE - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

Watch out, Northerners, here comes the kudzu

One of my oldest correspondents, now living west of Pittsburgh, tells me that the alarm is being sounded - kudzu has begun to spread into eastern Ohio.

Pet adoption event planned

About 10 volunteers will host Adopta-Paw-Looza at the Augusta Common Saturday, where they will have craft vendors, music, and various rescue groups offering dogs and cats up for adoption.

Ga. food stamp/ drug test fight looms

ATLANTA -- A bill that would require drug testing for some applicants for food stamps and welfare generated controversy and drew fierce opposition from Georgia Democrats.

Sharpshooters may thin Ga. deer herd

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

Findings on GRU animal research differ; 2 agencies investigated complaints

Two federal agencies responsible for monitoring the welfare of animals in research labs came to different conclusions about Georgia Regents University's compliance with the law.

Banned liquids get through security at Olympics

...sitting in a refrigerated warehouse waiting to be flown to the Olympic village. Russian authorities say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to provide a required certificate. LIGHTNING STRIKE: Canada picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning...

Kidnap threat names Austrian athletes, not regarded as 'acute threat' by Austrian Olympic Committee

A kidnap threat - delivered via a letter in German - that names a pair of female Austrian athletes is not regarded as an 'acute threat' by the Austrian Olympic Committee at this time.

Grants available to support, expand summer meal programs

...or create a backpack program that sends children home with meals for the weekend.Grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the amount of $4,000 to $20,000, can be used for food preparation, equipment, supplies, storage...