Animal Ag News 12/5

Carrie Muehling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) announced that researchers have reclassified the number of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus strains from 25 to only six unique genotypes. This scientific innovation may help redefine how ASF researchers across the globe classify ASF virus (ASFV) isolates and may make it easier for scientists to develop vaccines that match the different …

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AgGateway Exploring Animal Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

There is a lot of interest for AgGateway right now in moving into setting standards for data in the animal agriculture space. Ben Craker, AgGateway Portfolio Manager, moderated the Animal Ag Meetup at the recent AgGateway annual meeting and he says they just started a new working group focused on documenting use cases and data exchange around dairy feed. “There’s …

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Animal Ag News 11/27

Carrie Muehling

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced the addition of Madison Wyman as its policy communications specialist, effective Nov. 13. The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program is sponsoring a shearing school, hosted by the Indiana Sheep Association (ISA) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Purdue University’s Animal Science Research and Education Center sheep unit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture …

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Animal Ag News 11/21

Carrie Muehling

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently reintroduced the Real Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully (MEAT) Act to end deceptive labeling practices for alternative protein products. The Real MEAT Act would clarify the definition of beef and pork for labeling purposes by requiring alternative proteins to clearly display the word “imitation” on their packaging. The …

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Animal Ag News 11/13

Carrie Muehling

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced progress on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) comprehensive approach to address the many, complex competition issues in agricultural markets and create a fairer playing field for small- and mid-size farmers. In support of these efforts, USDA has finalized the first in a series of rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which is aimed …

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Y-TEX® and Fort Supply Technologies™ Partner for Precision Livestock Management

Cindy Zimmerman

Y-TEX and Fort Supply Technologies (FST) are pleased to announce a new alliance to accelerate the availability, use and acceptance of ultra-high frequency (UHF) and low frequency (LF) technologies for the livestock industry. With this alliance producers throughout the livestock supply chain will have increased access to tools to better facilitate traceability at the speed of commerce and to enable …

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Animal Ag News 11/6

Carrie Muehling

The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) has started working on the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) project Implementing Precision Ag Tech to Expand the Participation of Small Grazing Dairy Farms in Climate-Smart Commodities. The $4.7 million project, which will enable small dairy producers to access climate-smart grazing technology and engage in a climate-smart marketplace for their products, is part of the …

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Animal Ag News 10/30

Carrie Muehling

The Meat Institute announced Dr. KatieRose McCullough was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) bringing her scientific expertise and industry knowledge to federal food safety agencies. FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative General Manager Jeff Lyon provided written testimony to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Transportation and Local Government in support of …

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Animal Ag News 10/23

Carrie Muehling

Livestock Publications Council (LPC) annually inducts one of its distinguished leaders into the Hall of Fame. This honor is reserved for those who have adhered to high standards of professionalism in all aspects of their endeavors. LPC’s Headliner Award Program, inaugurated in 1980, salutes an individual for meritorious service to the livestock industry. The award annually honors a person from …

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Animal Ag News 10/16

Carrie Muehling

Smithfield Foods will close its Charlotte, North Carolina, pork-processing plant and transfer production to its Tar Heel, North Carolina, facility to increase efficiency and better utilize existing capacity. The company will provide financial and other transition assistance to the 107 employees who are affected by this closure and will meet with employees to discuss options including transfer to other Smithfield …

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