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California meat plant linked to school lunch program and shut by federal officials reopens

HANFORD, Calif. - A Northern California meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened. Officials at Central Valley Meat Co., a supplier for the National School Lunch Program, said in a statement Wednesday that they took immediate action to fix the cleanliness problems. Neither the company nor federal officials discussed the problems in detail.

US farm land prices surge despite drought

American farmers may have suffered an historic drought last year, but the price of their land is skyrocketing. In Iowa, the US's biggest producer of corn, the land prices jumped 24 percent in 2012 and and have gained 63 percent over the last three years, according to a study by Iowa State University. The drought and heat wave last year may have severely damaged crops, but ironically it has made crop land ever more valuable. The higher prices for crops helped compensate for lower yields, for one thing.
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