A World of First’s in PRRSV Research

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The world’s only provider of mucosal PRRSV and flu vaccines, Aptimmue, officially launched during the 2017 World Pork Expo. The vaccine utilizes the BARRICADE proprietary technologies and takes advantage of high-titer PRRSV antigen produced on ZMAC, the world’s only commercially available porcine based alveolar macrophage cell line. During the launch, I sat down with Dr. Jianqiang Zhang, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, …

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Brownfield Livestock Market Reporter to Retire

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Veteran farm broadcaster Jerry Passer is retiring – for real this time. Jerry already retired once after almost 20 years at WMT Radio and TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but he came out of retirement in 2002, signing a six month agreement to cover livestock markets for Brownfield Ag News that turned into almost 15 years. “For almost 35 years …

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Livestock Spotlights Use of Grazing to Prevent Wildfires

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how grazing on public lands helps to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The campaign will be centered around a new website, GrazingPreventsWildfires.com, and will run through May. “Coming off the wet winter we had …

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Livestock Groups Detail Disease Prevention at Farm Bill Hearing

Jamie Johansen

The National Turkey Federation, along with 65 major animal agriculture groups, animal science organizations and veterinarians have united behind a new Animal Disease and Disaster Prevention Program, urging Congress to include this program in the 2018 Farm Bill. Andy Snider of Michigan Turkey producers who will testify during the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill field hearing Saturday morning at Michigan …

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Animal Proteins – Focus for Branstad as China Ambassador

Jamie Johansen

The longest serving governor in the country will be drawing on his agricultural trade experience and 30 year friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. During his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was asked by Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) what he will do to get more …

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New Forage Seed Mixture Benefits Bees & Livestock

Jamie Johansen

In response to America’s urgent needs to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators. Proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will be donated to further sustainable agriculture research programs. “We have put together a great formula with a …

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Dr. Grandin to Speak at Sterling College Butchery Course

Jamie Johansen

The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering the course “Ethical Slaughter and Butchery” for those looking to explore how to safely, ethically, and humanely bring livestock from the field to the table. This five-day course, held June 19-23, 2017, will combine dialogue, presentations, and debate with observational slaughter and hands-on butchery of several species of …

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Novus Awarded Highest OSHA Honor

Jamie Johansen

The Little Rock feed supplement production plant operated by Novus International, Inc. was recognized for exceptional health and safety management with a special ceremony on April 13, 2017. The Novus facility was presented with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program’s highest honor, the VPP Star Certification. “This is something we’ve been working toward for years,” said …

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Sustainable Innovation on Dairy Farms

Jamie Johansen

Elanco Animal Health’s seminar at the Central Plains Dairy Expo highlighted the role of innovation in the dairy industry. Dr. Roger Cady, Global Sustainability Lead, Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco talked about the positive impact of innovation on the I-29 Dairy Corridor which includes Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. “Producers along the I-29 Corridor are recognized as leaders …

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GIPSA Delays Effective Date of Interim Final

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The USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced that it is delaying the effective date of the Scope of Sections 202 (a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act Interim Final Rule until October 19, 2017. They also announced they are asking the public to comment on four possible actions USDA should take in regards to the …

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