6/14/2011 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Animal rights activists have the upper hand fighting legislation that would stop them from secretly videotaping livestock abuse

Measures to stop secret video taping have failed in four states.

Livestock groups say laws are needed to prevent activists from lying to get jobs just so they can make the videos. But animal rights activists say the laws hide abusive practices.

They say livestock groups should focus more on treating animals humanely. There may be a sweet substitute to a controversial pesticide.

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Researchers say molasses can control nematodes and weeds just as well as methyl bromide or methyl iodide.

A USDA experiment in Florida mixed molasses from sugar cane processing with compost and topsoil.

Researchers found the mixture significantly reduced weeds and pests.

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