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If you're working today, count yourself among the millions of Americans who are exponentially more productive than Uncle Sam and the federal government. As of midnight last evening, the U.S. government is closed for business.

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For a few days in the month of August, the story concerning beta-agonist usage in cattle had an almost anxious feel to it. After some packers started dropping cattle finished on certain beta-agonist products, the impression grew quickly that all packers would do the same.

Fortunately, that kind of panic never played itself out.

Two of the nation’s largest packers have dropped beta-agonist usage in fed cattle; the other two have not.

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Former President Clinton is in the news again, and it appears he's may be cheating ... on his diet.

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What was seen as a banner year for corn production, is now facing dire threat due to a late spurt of hot weather in the Midwest. And that's just the short-term outlook. The long-term effect of the ongoing drought is looking even more painful – especially for those states using the Ogallala Aquifer of the high plains.

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The healthy school lunch push that has consumed the USDA for the past three years is looking like a meal with empty calories.

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The next time you question whether you can afford feeding your horse, take heart. The U.S. government is facing the same problem.

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