Animal Ag Bites 12/24

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  • The American Feed Industry Association has released the dates and locations for its 2019 conferences and online courses. Registration for several of these events is already open at afia.org/events.
  • The American Feed Industry Association’s President and CEO Joel G. Newman formally announced to members that he will be retiring from the association effective December 2019.
  • More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year.
  • GEA recently achieved a significant milestone in its company history by manufacturing its 10,000th liquid manure spreader tank.
  • Dairy Farmers of America will acquire Agropur’s facility in Maplewood, Minn. The sale is expected to close in early January.
  • USPOULTRY announces the completion of a funded research project at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that shows the nutritional effects of coccidiosis vaccination. The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website.
  • A group of major food companies, retailers, livestock producers, and trade and professional associations announced a comprehensive framework to strengthen stewardship of antibiotic use in food animals. The framework is the product of a two-year dialogue among stakeholders, moderated by Farm Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, to ensure that antibiotics are used judiciously throughout production to protect animal and public health.
  • The USDA recently awarded $499,542 to the University of Minnesota, Kutztown University and Rodale Institute for a 3-year NIFA Organic Transitions grant to explore manure and pasture management strategies that can control swine parasites in organic pig production.
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