Calif. Levee Failure Highlights Problems

The levee that broke in the heart of the state's complex irrigation system put 1 million acres of irrigated Central Valley farmland on alert for possible water cutbacks, just as peak irrigation season begins. San Joaquin County estimates the damage, and the cost of rebuilding the levee which failed last week, at more than $82 million.

Mad Cow: Worse Than You Think

In December a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian discovered that a cow imported from Canada into Washington state tested positive for the invariably fatal Mad Cow disease. Two months later, the USDA quietly concluded that it had failed to find as many as 80 animals from the same herd that may also have been infected.