Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Children consume too much salt, raising risk of heart disease

In its monthly Vital Signs report, the CDC said more than 90 percent of children in the U.S. are consuming too much sodium, well above the recommended level.

Cool summer raises expectations of record corn, soybean harvest; seed, GPS technology factors

DES MOINES, Iowa - A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops.

Internal investigation finds CDC scientist was mum for a month about flu virus accident in lab

NEW YORK - A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.

Business news

MOLINE, Ill. - Deere's profit slumped 15 percent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production.

Climate change brings heat, mosquitoes, other summer dangers

The advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council experts cited different summertime annoyances that will worsen as global temperatures continue to rise.

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.

54 defendants charged in $18 million food stamp fraud scheme in Georgia

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Savannah charges 54 defendants for their alleged roles in a massive, statewide scheme to defraud the WIC and Food Stamp programs.

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.

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.

Local growers don't count on profit from farmers markets

As the locally grown movement continues to take off, many local farmers and artisans participate in farmers markets for reasons other than earning a profit.