6/10/2011 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

A new study shows arsenic is part of an ingredient in some chicken feed and could make its way into parts of the bird that are eaten. The drug maker, Pfizer, makes the feed ingredient and says it will pull it off the market in the U.S.

Scientists have identified four new viruses that infect honey bees but they're still no closer into solving the mystery of colony collapse.

The disorder has wiped out bee colonies for the past five years. Researchers at U.C. San Francisco found 27 viruses that afflict honey bees, including four that were unknown. While this study did not identify the cause of colony collapse, it did offer a measurement of the normal levels of pathogens in bee hives.

Some U.S. Marines received unique training at Fresno State.

About 20 Marines are working with the Agriculture Department on campus to learn skills like soil testing, irrigation system assessment and pruning. The marines will then use that training when they are deployed to Afghanistan.

About 85-percent of the people in Afghanistan are farmers. The goal is to teach Marines about the kind of farming that is the lifeblood of that country.

Sgt. Chamberlain: "The farm area has been devastated due to the constant fighting that we're doing over there right now. And so our job as the Civil Affairs Unit Marines is that when we deploy over there, we basically try to get the farmers back to a normal way of life."

This is the second year of marine training at Fresno State.

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