Animal Ag News 5/31

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) applauded the Biden administration for its initiation of a second U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dispute panel concerning Canada’s ongoing refusal to meet its USMCA dairy trade obligations.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced the return of the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party to the National Mall on June 22, 2022. The Ice Cream Party has been an essential summertime event for members of Congress, their families, Capitol Hill staff and many other special guests since it began in 1983. However, IDFA did not hold the event in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.
  • Poultry farms are being devastated by the recent bird flu outbreak. Although the risk to public health remains low, the virus is highly contagious and fatal to flocks, which has had a significant impact on commercial poultry facilities, food processing plants, and other sectors along the supply chain. Decontamination is a key biosecurity measure. However, many cleaning and disinfecting chemicals can be toxic to livestock and soil or pose health hazards to humans. As a leading provider of safer, more sustainable infection prevention solutions, EvaClean established the Avian Influenza Mitigation (AIM) program to help farmers stop the spread of the virus in a safer way by providing process enhancement protocols and unprecedented price reductions on EvaClean’s unique PurOne disinfectant chemistry.
  • Enteric methane, which animals release into the atmosphere by belching or exhaling, is a significant source of direct greenhouse gas emissions. The Greener Cattle Initiative, an industry collaborative created by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, is issuing a request for applications to advance enteric methane reduction research. The initiative specifically seeks research to develop scalable technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions and enhance sustainable production of beef and dairy.
  • The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala opened for business May 26 to provide leading-edge patient care to horses and small animals located on-site as well as from the local community.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more support, resources, and new rules that will strengthen the American food supply chain, promote fair and competitive agricultural markets, prevent abuse of farmers by poultry processors and make prices fairer for farmers and American consumers.
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