Animal Ag News 6/18

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Wisconsin–Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a world-class dairy research facility that will expand the two organizations’ long-standing partnership to tackle key issues affecting dairy farms across the country. Scheduled for completion in 2027 and administered by ARS’ U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in partnership with UW–Madison CALS, the new facility and its associated buildings will house robotic milking systems, chambers for measuring greenhouse gas emissions, an advanced animal nutrition unit and state-of-the-art laboratories for agronomy and dairy science, as well as offices and a visitor center.
  • Dr. Aspen Workman, a scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been honored with the 2023 Arthur S. Flemming Award in Applied Science and Engineering for her contributions to the advancement of safeguarding livestock from endemic diseases and ensuring healthy and economically viable food systems and food security.
  • Deborah Okedoyin ‘24, a North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) alumna, has received the International Livestock Congress Student Fellowship for 2024.
  • The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will host the 14th Annual Antibiotics Symposium in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado State University’s SPUR Campus from November 19-21, 2024.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) hosted more than 1,000 members of Congress and congressional staff at its 40th Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party—Washington’s must-attend summertime event. IDFA staff and leaders from U.S. ice cream makers served more than 950 gallons of ice cream, 1,200 ice cream novelties, and 32 ice cream cakes during the event, which was held in Union Square Park in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • The 36th World Pork Expo, presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), hosted more than 12,000 producers and industry professionals from 37 countries at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on June 5-6. World Pork Expo is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, with a wide range of free seminars, networking and hospitality opportunities.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed the Farm Bill framework released by Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR). Included in the framework are top priorities for cattle producers, similar to the bipartisan House Farm Bill, such as funding to protect the U.S. cattle herd from foreign animal disease, continued support for voluntary conservation programs, and other critical food security provisions.
  • FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is pleased to welcome Michael Richter as their newest Member Services Representative. He is based out of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and will serve members in Northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. Michael comes to FarmFirst most recently from Quality Liquid Feeds, where he served as Dairy Technical Services Manager. He has also worked in various roles with Tractor Central, LLC, Kemin Industries, Inc., and Vita Plus Corporation.
  • Effective hatchery and breeder management is one of many crucial factors in a successful poultry operation. USPOULTRY’s 2024 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will keep hatchery and breeder managers up to date on the latest technology, equipment and management techniques. This year’s program, developed by a panel of hatchery-breeder specialists, will give attendees necessary tools to help increase performance and quality throughout hatchery and breeder operations. The Clinic will be held July 9-10 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • KENT Nutrition Group is taking their decades-long commitment to real world solutions for swine producers to new levels with the debut of Nexgen Advanced swine feeds. This rebranded line of swine products includes all stages of animal development and combines more than a decade’s worth of performance enhancements, continuous improvements and recent research.
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