USDA Unveils Dairy Farm Risk Management Program

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USDA has announced farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program starting September 1, 2014 and the agency has launched a new web tool to help producers with the program. Established under the 2014 Farm Bill, the voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls below …

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Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for Dairy Farms

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The White House on Friday released a Biogas Opportunities Roadmap highlighting the economic and environmental benefits and potential for biogas systems in the U.S. According to the Roadmap, biogas systems offer a wide range of potential revenue streams, growing jobs and boosting economic development for communities, businesses and dairy farms. The systems work by recycling organic material — including cow …

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Programs to Benefit Sheep Producers of All Sizes

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Two new programs will benefit sheep producers and the sheep industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced July 28. The new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will provide approximately $1.5 million in grant funds that can be used by sheep organizations to assist producers by strengthening the production …

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Poultry Inspectors Union Wants Review of USDA Plan

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The American Federation of Government Employees is calling for public review and comment on a U.S Department of Agriculture plan to overhaul the poultry inspection system before the rule takes effect. USDA submitted a revised version of the rule seeking final approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on July 10, which reportedly contains changes to the original …

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Eggland’s Best Celebrates 20 Billion Eggs

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Eggland’s Best (EB) this week is celebrating the 20 billionth USDA-approved Eggland’s Best egg. “20 billion approved Eggland’s Best eggs speaks volumes about the brand’s focus on quality, which is something we highly value at the USDA,” says Anne Alonzo, Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA. “At Eggland’s Best, we follow the motto ‘Better taste. Better nutrition. …

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USDA Approves VaxLiant Adjuvants for Vaccines

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USDA has just approved six adjuvants from VaxLiant that can be added to vaccines to help improve the resulting immune response in cattle and swine. “What this means is that companies can bring new vaccines to market using a shorter timeline, since we already have conducted the research needed to confirm safety for these ENABL adjuvants,” says Steve Schram, VaxLiant …

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Researchers Study New Animal Deworming Agent

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After two moderate doses of a bacteria-derived protein were fed to worm-infected swine in an experiment, all intestinal roundworm larvae in the swine were damaged or destroyed and the infection was nearly completely eliminated, according to U.S. Department of Agricultur (USDA) and University of California-San Diego scientists. The research team included microbiologist Joseph Urban and his colleagues at the USDA …

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Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Numbers

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USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report out Friday revealed the lowest inventory of U.S. swine since 2007, at 62.1 million head – about five percent below last year. Also down five percent from a year ago were the market hog inventory at 56.3 million head, the March-May 2014 pig crop, at 27.4 million head, and the number of pigs per …

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USDA Approves First PEDv Vaccine

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USDA this week granted the first conditional license for a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) to Harrisvaccines of Ames, Iowa. The vaccine, utilizing Harrisvaccine’s SirraVaxSM RNA Particle Technology, had already been available by prescription only, but now the conditional approval allows it to be sold directly to swine producers battling PEDv. The vaccine is used on sows who …

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USDA PEDv Action Announced at WPX

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This year was the first time Tom Vilsack visited World Pork Expo as Secretary of Agriculture and he did so to announce federal actions to help combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). First of all, Vilsack says there is now a Federal Order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and …

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