Ag Briefs: Dozens of dead cows found on farm

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Dozens of dead cows found on farm north of Seattle

Authorities say about 50 dead cows that had been improperly disposed of were found on a farm in northwest Washington.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports after complaints from neighbors and an investigation by Skagit County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Officer Emily Diaz, the sheriff's office on Tuesday served a search warrant on the property in Bay View.

Skagit County Sheriff's Office Chief of Patrol Chad Clark says some cows had to be euthanized because of extremely poor health.

Clark says authorities are in the process of seizing more than 150 cows that will receive veterinary care and will likely later be auctioned.

In 2005, an investigation revealed 172 dead cows scattered on the same property, which is owned by Roger and Marsha Pederson.


Rogue turkeys avoid town after kill permit issued

Turkeys causing problems in the eastern Oregon community of Pilot Rock have made themselves scarce after authorities issued a kill permit.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Mark Kirsch tells the East Oregonian that no turkeys have been running around the city in recent weeks and there have been no kills.
The city council just before Thanksgiving approved having the USDA's Wildlife Services kill problem birds and Fish and Wildlife in early December wrote the kill permit.

The action came after residents complained of turkeys causing property damage and leaving droppings. Kirsch says the turkeys have become accustomed to hanging around people and pets.

Kirsch says if any turkeys are killed they will be salvaged for charitable distribution.


Panera Bread recalls cream cheese

Panera Bread Co. is voluntarily recalling some cream cheese sold in its U.S. stores because of possible bacterial contamination.

The St. Louis-based company released a statement Sunday saying the recall was initiated after testing from a single production day indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese.

Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured before and after that production run have all come back negative. Panera says there have been no reported illnesses. The company says the recall is pre-emptive.


Connecticut gets $1.6M bonus for food stamp signups

Connecticut is receiving a $1.6 million performance bonus from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is being rewarded for enrolling a large number of eligible households in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP.

Under federal rules, the bonus will be reinvested in the SNAP program, including improvements in administration and distribution, technology, fraud prevention or other eligible activities.


Regulators reviewing farms water use

Environmental officials in South Carolina are worried about how much water large farms are using. The State newspaper reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking to limit the amount of water that is removed from groundwater tables in Lexington and six other counties.

There has been a drop of 5 feet to 10 feet in groundwater levels in Lexington County since 2001. State regulators say their plan to oversee major withdrawals could protect drinking water supplies for thousands of South Carolinians. Public water systems in a number of communities rely on groundwater.

Some Lexington County farmers are worried. They question how much the county's groundwater levels are in jeopardy. Farmer Howard Rawl says he sees no need for worry anytime soon.