Ag Groups Comment on Proposed Dietary Guidelines

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usda-logoThe 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their recommendations to the Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA will consider this report, along with input from other federal agencies and comments from the public as they develop the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015, to be released later this year.

“For decades, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been at the core of our efforts to promote the health and well-being of American families,” said Secretaries Burwell and Vilsack in a joint statement. “Now that the advisory committee has completed its recommendations, HHS and USDA will review this advisory report, along with comments from the public-including other experts-and input from other federal agencies as we begin the process of updating the guidelines.”

hhsA number of agricultural organizations have released their comments on the recent release of the dietary guidelines.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) said the “recommendation that a healthy dietary pattern should be lower in red meat is not consistent with scientific evidence and would be unsound dietary advice.” Their comments continued that same toned as they stressed the importance of lean meat in a healthy diet.

“Lean meat is red meat. Today’s beef supply is leaner than ever before with more than 30 cuts of beef recognized as lean by government standards,” said Shalene McNeill, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Scientist for NCBA. “The protein foods category, which includes meat, is the only category currently consumed within the current guidelines, and it is misleading to conclude that a healthy dietary pattern should be lower in red meat.”

The presidents and CEO’s of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) also released comments. “The essential role of dairy foods, as part of dietary patterns that foster good health outcomes, is supported by the totality of the science — low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products are a core component of the healthy dietary patterns identified by the Committee.”

“We will provide science-based comments on the advisory report during the current public comment period and look forward to the release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy document later this year.”


Miller’s Ag Bag Silage Bagger

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nfms-15-ag-bagIf you haven’t heard of the Ag Bag, now is the time to learn. While at the National Farm Machinery Show, Chuck spoke with Stashia Bittner with Miller who owns Ag Bag, to learn more about the equipment and what they can offer farmers across the country.

“Ag Bag machines are used to bag silage. The concept started in 1970 in Germany. When the United States’ market needed a faster bagger, Ag Bag Corporation was developed. Since then we have built 6 foot baggers, 7 foot baggers, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and now we are up to 14 foot baggers.”

Stashia said she believes New Holland can bring something they may not have been able to bring to the table and is excited to see what the future holds.

Learn more about Ag Bag products in Chuck’s complete interview with Stashia here: Interview with Stashia Bittner, Ag Bag

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Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, Hay, New Holland, Silage

Zoetis Selects Grant Recipients for PEDv Research

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zoetisZoetis has awarded research grants to Suidae Health and Production and to Iowa State University to discover solutions that can help improve control of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in breeding and farrowing herds.

“We were interested in proposals that help discover novel approaches for optimizing the immune response of sows and gilts to help control PEDv,” said Steve Sornsen, DVM, MS, senior director, Veterinary Business Solutions, Zoetis. “We’re pleased to collaborate with well-experienced veterinarians representing academic and production interests. The outcome of these projects should provide insights into new PEDv control methods that can be incorporated into current production systems for the industry.”

The two proposals were selected by a cross-functional group of Zoetis colleagues among a group of eight finalists. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2015.

Suidae Health and Production, a swine veterinary practice with three locations across Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska, will use its grant in the amount of $98,000 to study the efficacy of vaccination in boosting the immune response to PEDv in both naïve sows and previously exposed sows. Results will be compared to naïve sows that receive a placebo.

The $59,000 grant awarded to Iowa State University extends the partnership between school researchers and Zoetis on multiple projects related to PEDv management.

University researchers will measure the effectiveness of the conditionally licensed PED vaccine* from Zoetis in helping to reduce PEDv incidence on chronically affected breeding farms by studying the effect of the killed vaccine on immunological parameters in terms of both sow and colostral immunity.

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Research, Swine

Carbon Footprint Assessment Tool Research

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uspUSPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., in which researchers developed a carbon footprint and assessment tool for poultry producers. The project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. Here is the complete report, along with information on other Association research.

The project summary is as follows:
Project #672: Carbon Footprint Assessment and Calculation Tool Development for the Poultry Industry
(Dr. Claudia Dunkley; Dr. Casey Ritz; Dr. Brian Kiepper; Dr. Brian Fairchild; and Dr. John Worley, University of Georgia, Department of Poultry Science, Athens, Ga.)

Researchers at the University of Georgia, led by Dr. Claudia Dunkley, recently developed a carbon footprint assessment and calculation tool for use by the poultry industry. The calculation tool is a computer-based, user-friendly spreadsheet that can be easily accessed and used by poultry growers. The tool allows a grower to assess the carbon footprint of their farm. In addition, it can point out suggested improvements to the farm operation and calculate potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and cost savings. This innovative tool promises to provide growers an additional means to improve the operation and profitability of their farms.

Ag Group, Poultry, Research

Genome Alberta Attacks PED Head On

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GenomeAlbertaLogo-500x310Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) first struck the U.S. swine industry in April 2013 and then hit Canada in January 2014. 8 million pigs of died in the U.S. and over 70 cases reported in Canada.

“A Canadian effort has been launched to understand and stop the disease to protect the young pigs and to aid the pig industry in North America.”

Genome Alberta saw a way for genomics to be used to respond to the threat and decided to put together a plan and find the necessary funding. It wasn’t an easy challenge for us to take on with limited budget and resources, but it was worth it because the resulting collaboration is good news for PEDv research and for the pork industry.

The funding group we put together consists of Genome Alberta, Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Genome Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ontario Genomics Institute, and Genome Quebec.

With us taking the lead we put together the criteria for a research funding competition and put out the call. There was a great deal of interest from the research community and an international team of peer reviewers went through the applications and made their recommendations.

Three successful projects are the results of this funding:
– Development of a new generation of modified live virus vaccine for PEDv using reverse genetics system (led by VIDO-Intervac at the University of Saskatchewan)
– Enhanced molecular diagnosis and validating genetic resistance to PEDv in pigs (led by the University of Saskatchewan and the National Centres for Animal Disease)
– The use of new molecules in association with real time-qPCR assays to discriminate infectious from non-infectious porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) particles. (led by Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV), Université de Montréal)

You can find the complete story on Genome Alberta’s project here.

Ag Group, Animal Health, Disease, Swine

T4 Series Tractors from New Holland

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nfms-15-nh-t4Tractors are one of the hottest items for attendees to check out when visiting the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) and New Holland Agriculture has a few for customers to choose from.

New Holland’s T4 Series tractors have set a new standard for performance and efficiency in a utility tractor. These tractors are now powered by clean-burning Tier 4B engines which improve fuel efficiency and generate greater torque and power to handle tough on the farm jobs. Features include: deluxe VisionView™ cab, ergonomic CommandArc™ console and Dual Command™ transmission.

While at NFMS, Chuck chatted with Alex Booms who is the Marketing Specialist in the Dairy & Livestock Customer Segment for New Holland.

“Our core market is dairy and livestock producers who are our hay and forage customers. The fact that they don’t have to mess with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or have to go into that regeneration process and can keep working is key. Time is money. It’s a great all-around tractor, great haying tractor, great choring tractor. Versatile in a lot of different ways.”

Learn more about New Holland’s T4 series tractors in Chuck’s complete interview with Alex here: Interview with Alex Booms, Marketing Specialist, Dairy & Livestock, New Holland

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Animal Waste Part of NC’s $4.8 Bil Clean Energy Economy

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NCSEASome people might think that animal waste is pretty dirty. But in North Carolina, where animal agriculture is huge, it’s part of the state’s $4.8 billion clean energy industry. This news release from the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) says growing success in the biomass sector, with animal waste, poultry litter-to-energy and swine-waste-to-energy projects serving as key drivers for clean energy growth – a sector that has grown by about 25 percent since 2012, outpacing the growth of other industries in the state.

“This year’s [North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census report] not only reveals good news for the clean energy industry; it demonstrates powerful news for all of North Carolina,” said NCSEA executive director, Ivan Urlaub. “Consider the rise of clean energy business sectors like building efficiency and energy storage, which are creating immediate jobs and lowering business expenses, while preparing our state to affordably meet future energy demand. Our state is not only better off with clean energy, it’s thriving – and becoming a national model for how clean energy development can help strengthen economic competitiveness.”

Driven largely by the state’s market-based clean energy policies, North Carolina was recently named one of the fastest growing markets for clean energy solutions, and is ranked fourth nationwide in installed solar power. NCSEA created the Census in 2008, a first of its kind nationally, to help measure the impact of North Carolina’s clean energy policies and identify where policy is and is not achieving the results that policymakers, economic developers and industry members envisioned. One such policy is the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit, which has reportedly returned $1.93 for every $1.00 utilized by state and local governments.

You can read the full 2014 North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census report here.

Agribusiness, energy

New Holland’s T6 Line of Tractors

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nfms-15-nh-t6New Holland Agriculture’s T6 and TS6 tractors drove many to their booth during the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. Mark Lowery, Dairy and Livestock Specialist for New Holland, explained more about each tractors specs and how farmers can put them to use on their own operations.

The new T6 Series all-purpose premium tractors combines ultimate power with advanced technology to deliver comfort, visibility and maneuverability together with more power and performance. The new T6 is equipped with Tier 4B ECOBlue™ Hi-eSCR solution and advanced engine technology.

New Holland’s TS6 Series tractors are new inside and out with new styling, a new VisionView™ cab, and new 4-cylinder, Fiat Powertrain Technologies common rail engines that meet Tier 4B emissions standards while delivering power and performance.

“These tractors are available to be ordered now, will start rolling off the line soon and dealers can give customers an expected delivery date.”

“Folks are really excited about the operator interface in the cabs. They are spending a lot of time in that seat and want to make sure they got a good comfort level, good visibility which drives those lighting packages and real excited to see a standard instructors seat in these so they can take a rider along with them.”

Listen to Chuck’s complete interview with Mark here: Interview with Mark Lowery, Dairy & Livestock Specialist, New Holland

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Beef Checkoff’s Updated VQA Manual

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Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.39.24 PMThe Beef Checkoff recently released an updated Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) program. The VQA program brings consistency and uniformity to on-farm care to result in a safe, wholesome, quality veal product. By being VQA-certified, veal farmers are helping to build trust and confidence in that product and demonstrating a commitment to quality to consumers.

“The updated Veal Quality Assurance program encourages increased veterinary interaction with veal producers,” says Wisconsin veterinarian Dr. Vicky Lauer. “This interaction will help decrease antibiotic usage in calves, and ensure a quality product for consumers that is free of all residues.”

As part of VQA, veal farmers must meet quality production practices in areas such as:
– Calf health and treatment records
– Barn preparation sanitation for each new herd
– Barn ventilation, lighting and herd health and safety
– Calf nutrition, watering and transportation
– Rules, regulations and laws
– Nutrient management

The manual contains specific recommendations relevant to dairy producers, such as:
– Dairy farmers should note that when anticipating transporting male bull calves to veal farms, many medications approved for use in dairy calves are prohibited for use in veal calves and will quickly cause violative residues when administered to veal calves.
– Hormone implants are strictly prohibited for use in veal calves.
– For veal producers and farmers selling dairy bull calves that may be marketed soon, use only products that are approved in pre-ruminant calves. Avoid any products with the statement “not for use in calves to be processed for veal”.
– Famers should consult FARAD’s VetGRAM search for products that are approved in veal.

Ag Group, Beef, Beef Checkoff, Cattle, veal

Nutrinsic to Exhibit at Aquaculture America

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Nutrinsic-SIC-Feed-2014_scale_xxlNutrinsic will exhibit at the Aquaculture America show on Thursday, February 19-22 at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

Nutrinsic will share information about ProFloc, Nutrinsic’s sustainable protein for fish and animal feed, while providing insight into upcycling and the growing need for sustainable products. Nutrinsic has scheduled meetings with journalists and feed professionals from around the world.

Nutrinsic will also host Booth #434 and will be available for meetings throughout the conference. To arrange a meeting with Mr. Chris Wilcox, Vice President of Sales and Business Development or Ms. Meagan Wairama, Marketing Manager, please contact

Agribusiness, Aquaculture, Nutrition