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40 percent of honey bees dying

...loss rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture."What we're seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there's some bad things happening...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-05-13/40-percent-honey-bees-dying
Survey might gauge Ga. stink bug invasion

...Penn sylvania in 1998 and has since been found in 42 states and two Canadian provinces, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To date, it is classified as a nuisance pest in Georgia, but could quickly become an agricultural pest...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-04-12/survey-might-gauge-ga-stink-b
Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales

...hard-hit by the disease. About 235 million turkeys were produced in the U.S. last year.On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the virus was also found at an Iowa farm holding 5.3 million hens, or almost 10 percent of the state's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-21/hormel-says-bird-flu-outbr
Horse 'kill buying' legal, but critics see abuse, deception

...appropriations bill that would pay for the mandatory U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections required for slaughterhouses to...the back until it collapses.In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released graphic photos taken of injured and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-17/horse-kill-buying-legal-criti
Shut down animal testing

...Chronicle article, Michael Budkie, the executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, had urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hand down the harshest penalties for negligence, which can include up to a $10,000 fine per violation...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-03-24/shut-down-animal-testing
SC cracks down on food stamp fraud

...administered by the agency with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through the third quarter of the fiscal...supported by a $318,840 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Assistant Attorney General Nicole Wetherton...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-02-13/sc-cracks-down-food-stam
South Carolina attorney general dedicates special prosecutor to go after fraud in food stamp program

...administered by the agency with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Through the third quarter of the fiscal...supported by a $318,840 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Assistant Attorney General Nicole Wetherton...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-02-13/south-carolina-attorney-gener
Graystone Ranch relinquishes animals, withdraws USDA application

...The owners of Graystone Ranch in Hephzibah withdrew their application for a new operating license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday and have relinquished all of their exotic animals to other facilities, officials confirmed.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-03/graystone-ranch-reliquishes-
Protesters target circus animals' treatment

...surrounding the deaths of some animals. Many complaints and affidavits of abuse had been investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture but never cited.The story followed years of undercover videos released by People for the Ethical Treatment...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-31/protesters-target-circus-anim
Circus animals mistreated

...you go out to buy a ticket, consider that in 2011 Ringling Brothers was fined a record $270,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. In recent months they were fined again for denying veterinary...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-01-20/circus-animals-mistreate