ISU & Aptimmune Join Forces On PRRSV Research

Lizzy Schultz

The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is teaming up with Aptimmune Biologics Inc. to develop innovative solutions to fight costly viral swine diseases, including Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV). The agreement enables Iowa State to use Aptimmune’s patented ZMAC cell line to isolate PRRSV from diagnostic samples. The ZMAC cell line is derived from porcine alveolar macrophages, …

Engaging Millennials in Leadership Training

Lizzy Schultz

The national beef checkoff hosted an interactive leadership training with millennial students in Pennsylvania last week as part of the Millennial 2 Millennial (M2M) Advocate Program, which connects young adults in the northeastern U.S. with a passion for advocating for the beef community. The day-long training session offered four students from Pennsylvania State University and two students from Delaware Valley …

Dairy Checkoff Awards 13 Scholarships

Lizzy Schultz

13 academic scholarships were recently awarded to college students who intend to serve as future leaders of the dairy industry. The scholarships, presented by The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) through Dairy Management Inc. and the national dairy checkoff, awarded each student with $2,500. One outstanding student was also awarded the $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship. …

FFA To Farm Bureau: Life After the Blue Jacket

Lizzy Schultz

Attendees at the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis had a blast visiting the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) booth, which offered FFA members the chance to dress up in wacky accessories and pose for photos with the AFBF photo frame. “Our hope is that we can bring FFA members into our booth, help them have a really …

UF Grants Exclusive License to BioTork

Lizzy Schultz

BioTork has received a license from the University of Florida to patent rights for an enzyme that could revolutionize the animal feed industry when developed by BioTork. UF researchers discovered the enzyme, a naturally occurring thermotolerant phytase. It is one of the most heat-tolerant phytase enzymes known today. It is reportedly able to retain activity at temperatures up to 100°C. …

DMI Continues to Sponsor College Aggies Online

Lizzy Schultz

Following the launch of the eighth annual edition of the College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship program, the Animal Agriculture Alliance has announced a platinum sponsorship from Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). “The animal agriculture industry needs strong social media users to communicate information about agriculture to consumers,” said Don Schindler, senior vice president of digital initiatives for DMI, which manages the …

Cornell Hosts 65th Wildlife Disease Conference

Lizzy Schultz

Nearly 400 participants from 25 countries, 38 states and nine provinces attended the 65th Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference, hosted by the Wildlife Health Group and held July 31-Aug. 5 at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This year’s conference theme was “Sustainable Wildlife: Health Matters,” with a main focus on addressing the spread of diseases that pass …

New Junior Hereford Board Members, Officers Elected

Lizzy Schultz

Four new junior Hereford members were elected to the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) board of directors at the 2016 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) July 9-15 in Madison, Wis. Brooke Hinojosa, Carr, Colo.; Austin Matheny, Mays Lick, Ky.; Bailey Jones, Darlington, Wis.; and Nathan Hopkins, Winchester, Tenn., were elected as new NJHA directors during the awards ceremony on …

New Talon Internship Accepting Applications

Lizzy Schultz

A new internship opportunity through The Angus Foundation and the Angus/Talon Youth Education Learning Program is seeking interns to pair with working registered-Angus ranches for a valuable, hands-on, eight week educational experience during the summer starting in 2017. Applications for both Talon scholarship recipients and for host breeders are available now, and can be accessed here. Applications are due Sept. …

USPOULTRY Funded Research Inactivates Avian Flu in Feed

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recently completed a funded research project that may make significant headway in the industry’s ongoing commitment to avian influenza prevention. Researchers at Auburn University, where the project was completed, were able to show ways to inactivate avian influenza virus in poultry feed. This research is the first completed project that was funded as …