Too much wine in Napa Valley?

Some fear wine-making region is victim of its own success: A growing coalition of wine-industry veterans and longtime residents fear that California’s Napa Valley, famed for its vineyards and wineries, has become a victim of its own success, pointing to the Read More …

WHO gears up to fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

PUBLIC HEALTH Is the U.S. prepared?  The World Health Organization has deployed 4,000 doses of vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to control an outbreak of Ebola, which is suspected to have infected 39 Read More …

Indoor farming could improve our veggies

But power costs are a problem: There’s a budding industry that’s trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America’s supermarkets. It’s full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, short-cutting the need to Read More …

Germs are good, apparently

The benefits of growing up in a rural environment: Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city Read More …

When the Central Valley turned into a cold inland sea

They prayed for an end to the drought: In 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: Rain. And boy did they get it. For Read More …

‘Sorghum armada’ forced to come home

New tariffs imposed by China have immediate consequences: U.S. ships carrying cargoes of sorghum had to change course after Beijing imposed hefty anti-dumping deposits on U.S. imports of the grain. Sorghum is an animal feed and one of the billions of dollars Read More …

Throw that romaine lettuce away!

Popular salad ingredient linked to E. coli outbreak: Public health officials are warning consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce as an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable worsens. So far, 53 related E. coli infections have been reported in Read More …

Drought tightens grip across Southwest

Northwest Oklahoma is epicenter: : Drought is tightening its grip across a wide swath of the American Southwest as farmers, ranchers and water managers throughout the region brace for what’s expected to be more warm and dry weather through the spring. Crop Read More …

Attack on U.S. electric grid could cripple nation

Unprecedented wave of attacks: The U.S. electric grid has become increasingly vulnerable to what the federal government is describing as an unprecedented wave of attacks that threatens to cripple the nation, according to a new investigative report that warns the energy Read More …