Animal Ag News 6/3

Carrie Muehling

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory and its past and present contributions to the livestock industry and scientific community.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is taking several additional actions to ensure the health and viability of the nation’s livestock and poultry. In the two months since the initial detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle, USDA has worked quickly and in concert with its federal and state partners to better understand the virus and contain the disease and remains committed to seeking additional ways to collect the data needed to better understand and mitigate the risk created by this outbreak. USDA is adding an additional $824 million in emergency funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to bolster these efforts and is launching a new Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program to give dairy producers more options to monitor the health of their herds and move cows more quickly while providing on-going testing and expanding USDA’s understanding of the disease.
  • The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program announced that it has opened the nomination period for the 2024 FARM Excellence Awards. These prestigious awards spotlight participating farms and FARM Evaluators that demonstrate excellence in their engagement with the FARM Program. Awards are divided into four categories: Animal Care & Antibiotic Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship, Workforce Development and FARM Evaluator of the Year.
  • A nutrition incentive program that helps low-income families purchase healthy fluid milk products is expanding to California. The Add Milk! program is being launched in grocery stores to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, when they purchase low-fat or non-fat milk. A community event held at Mother’s Nutritional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., marked the launch of the HFMI project, Add Milk!, at 78 participating Mother’s Nutritional Center grocery stores across Southern California. Representative Pete Aguilar (CA-33) was in attendance. The Add Milk! program is made possible by a $3 million cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) through a program named Healthy Fluid Milk Incentives Projects.
  • We’re heading to San Antonio February 4-6, 2025, and you and your best beef recipe can be too! To enter the Beef It Up Recipe Contest, complete the form below on the CattleCon website. Recipes can be entered via file upload or written in the text box through the submission form below. The winning recipes will be tested and selected by NCBA officers.
  • Fortiva is committed to advancing foundational ingredients for the future of animal health. The brand offers the swine, poultry, dairy and cattle industries a curated portfolio of non-medicated feed additives designed to work with an animal’s physiology to support animal resilience and customers’ operations.
  • From Gregg Doud, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation: “FDA approval of Elanco’s Bovaer is another important step on U.S. dairy’s journey toward a net-zero future, one in which dairy farmers have already made great progress. Bovaer and other new technologies that reduce enteric emissions will help U.S. farmers be rewarded for participating in voluntary, producer-led sustainability initiatives, which is critical for the success of such efforts. Consumers around the world are demanding lower-carbon foods. Innovations such as Bovaer will help U.S. dairy farmers remain globally competitive and maintain their role as leaders in more sustainable dairy production. We thank FDA for its recognition of and support for these efforts.”
  • Wisconsin farmers are making progress in sustainable farming practices, according to the results of the annual conservation survey supported by Farmers for Sustainable Food. The report, released today, captures farmers’ conservation efforts statewide, demonstrating continued progress and environmental benefits. This report marks the sixth consecutive year of documenting conservation practices with farmer-led conservation groups, signifying the farmers’ commitment to continuous improvement and enhancing soil and water quality.
  • Mike VanMaanen married into a family of Livestock Marketing Association members in the 1980s, but never dreamed he’d one day lead the organization. Even though he immediately recognized the benefits of membership, he thought he was too busy to get involved or since his niche market wasn’t nationally known, he didn’t have a place. Soon enough, VanMaanen learned he was wrong on both accounts, and May 17, he was elected president.
  • Poultry industry professionals from around the country recently met in Nashville, Tenn., for USPOULTRY’s 2024 Poultry Processor Workshop. Attendees were provided with a wealth of resources for every aspect of plant operations, including leading effectively, meeting customer and regulatory requirements, incorporating new technology and collaborating between departments to maximize results.
  • EmGenisys, Inc., an animal health company that aims to improve the success rates of embryo transfer (ET) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) for cattle producers, announces participation in the BioTools Innovator Accelerator.
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