USDA Approves VaxLiant Adjuvants for Vaccines

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vaxliantUSDA 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 co-founder. “In essence, they’re ready for license development. Being able to bring vaccines to market more quickly is important to the health of pigs and cattle, and the low, 21-day withdrawal requirement is especially helpful when developing vaccines for practical use.”

USDA review of the submitted research resulted in approval of three ENABL formulations for swine vaccines and three for cattle vaccines. Because these adjuvants will be incorporated into vaccines that combat different diseases, having a variety of ready-to-use adjuvants allows companies to select the one that will bring out the best in their specific vaccine.

Read more from VaxLiant.

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Hubbard Feeds & Exmark This is Life Sweepstakes

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eXmarkA zero-turn mower would be a fantastic prize don’t you think? Exmark is teamed up with Hubbard Feeds to give away three of them!

Exmark today announced a joint promotion with leading animal nutrition company, HubbardFeeds Inc. The companies are teaming up to give away three top-of-the-line Exmark zero-turn mowers away in the Hubbard Life ‘This is the Life’ Sweepstakes.

According to Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, the partnership between Exmark and Hubbard Life is a natural fit.

“Exmark and Hubbard Life share a single-minded dedication to excellence. While the focus of our businesses may be different, our commitment to leadership and delivering the very best for our customers is much the same,” Walters said.

Hubbard Life“The difference between good and great is dependability, reliability and the integrity of the people and products they represent,” said Michael Hinton of Hubbard Feeds. “No one knows this more than Hubbard and Exmark.

“From focusing on the nutritional care of your animals, to the design and performance of your mower, Hubbard and Exmark work every day to earn our customers’ trust and exceed their expectations. It’s how we do business and it’s why we’re excited to send customers to our Hubbard Life dealers to register.”

Three winners will be selected – one from each of the three Hubbard Life business unit regions. Each winner will take home a 2014 Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower with a 60-inch cutting deck and a retail value of more than $13,000.

The Hubbard Life ‘This is the Life’ Sweepstakes begins July 30, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. Visit a participating Hubbard Life dealer for complete contest rules, or to complete the postage-paid sweepstakes entry card. Visit to find the nearest Hubbard Life dealer. All entries must be received by October 1, 2014.

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Wireless Monitoring of Your Cows and Herd

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Well CowWe’re hearing a lot about health applications of mobile and wearable technology lately. The anticipated iWatch from Apple is expected to open some new doors into that technology. But that’s for humans. What about cows? Well a Scottish company is introducing a bluetooth way to monitor cow and herd health – The Well CowTM Bolus.

Monitor the health of your herd remotely

The Well Cow bolus wirelessly monitors rumen pH and temperature, allowing optimisation of nutrition management for cows to improve their health and welfare. Farmers can use the data to optimise the diets for their cattle and consequently improve production efficiency and ultimately the profitability of their business.

Well CowTM has now also demonstrated the world’s first automated continuous long term measurement of rumen pH in dairy herds using its unique wireless telemetry bolus system. This enables the dietary health of herds to be monitored and early indications of problems which will adversely affect milk yields to be identified.

In the future Well CowTM technology will have the potential to also deliver the automated detection and measurement of other health and disease markers. This technology together with the latest developments in Wide Area Network communications will provide farmers with immediate alerts on the status of their herds on PC’s and mobile devices.

Thanks to CNET for the heads up.

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Alliance President & CEO Celebrates 20 Years

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aaaIn 1994 the Animal Industry Foundation (AIF), now known as Animal Agriculture Alliance, hired Kay Johnson Smith to be its Executive Director. Tomorrow, Johnson Smith celebrates 20 years of service to the Animal Agriculture Alliance and the membership it represents.

Steve Kopperud, then Senior Vice President of the American Feed Industry Association and also President of AIF, quickly realized that the challenges of trying to get information to the public and media needed a full-time person. Johnson Smith “fit the bill perfectly.”

“As the foundation grew and went through its ‘evolution’ to become the Alliance, Kay helped me guide that transition, and today, 20 years later, Kay is the firm hand, with the knowledge, experience and innovative skills to keep the Alliance as effective and relevant as it can be,” said Kopperud, Executive Vice President, Policy Directions, Inc.

Transitioning from Executive Director, to Executive Vice President, to most recently in November 2011, President and CEO, Johnson Smith has seen many changes come about within the animal agriculture industry and has guided the Alliance through periods of great expansion and success. Most notably, Johnson Smith has helped to develop a library of resources and background information on extreme animal rights and other detractor groups.

“Under Kay’s leadership, the Alliance has grown into the go-to organization connecting the animal ag industry and various stakeholders in support of science-based animal production practices,” said Alliance Chairman of the Board Paul Pressley. “The industry welcomes consumers’ increased interest in how food is produced and Kay has been passionate and instrumental in helping share the true story of animal agriculture.”

“Kay has been a solid partner with AFIA and other organizations in getting out the message of modern agriculture. She’s grown considerably in that job and is a respected global expert on animal rights and animal welfare. AFIA is very grateful for her contributions and efforts,” said Joel G. Newman, AFIA President and CEO.

“No other organization has the ability to quickly bring together the various species groups, a key factor allowing the Alliance to proactively educate the public and dispel many of the myths and misunderstandings which have been spread by opponents to the industry,” explained Pressley. “Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, we applaud Kay’s service to the industry and look forward to the Alliance’s continued success.”

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Farmer, Mother & Blogger Talks Biotech at House Hearing

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nmpfFarmers need to do a better job at connecting with the public when talking about the benefits that biotechnology brings to producers, consumers and the environment, said Joanna Lidback, a dairy farmer from northeast Vermont. Lidback, who also keeps a blog documenting her family’s life on the farm, testified during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture.

“I believe that biotechnology plays a major role in our collective ability to not only feed a growing global population but also to make individual improvements on our own farms, be it 45 cows or 4500; a row crop operation or an apple orchard; a multiple-generation farm or a beginning farmer,” she said. “The science shows that GMOs are safe and bring tremendous benefits, but we in agriculture have failed to communicate this effectively with the public.”

NCFClogoLidback testified on behalf of Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Agri-Mark is a member of both the National Milk Producers Federation and NCFC.

Lidback also highlighted the impact that being forced to use non-GMO feed would have on the 45 cow dairy farm that she operates with her husband.

“In speaking with our dairy nutritionist earlier this week, he pointed out that the only non-GMO feed he could get us right now was organic. Doing the math, our feed costs would go from $5,160 a month to $11,370 a month; over the course of a year, that means our feed costs alone would increase by $74520,” she testified. “I do not see how we could survive, let alone farm profitably, in the long term with those increased feed costs.”

Lidback concluded her statement by reiterating the need for producers to engage more with the public on issues relating to agriculture’s use of biotechnology.

“I’m happy to continue speaking up for our right to farm in whatever way we choose which in our case includes biotechnology and the use of GMOs. It’s important to share my knowledge about the opportunities and challenges we face as modern-day farmers and modern-day parents,” Lidback concluded. “When I have one person, or ten people, reach out to me for a question or appreciating my hands-on and practical perspective from the farm, then I have succeeded.”

A full copy of the testimony is available online.

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American Junior Shorthorn Association Elects New Board

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Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.14.08 AMThe 2014 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 23 through June 28. Junior voting delegates took part in electing three members to the American Junior Shorthorn Association (AJSA) Board of Directors, with new and retiring board members electing new AJSA officers.

2014-15 AJSA Board of Directors are as follows:

President Dustin Smith, Decorah, Iowa, is currently attending Iowa State University, double majoring in Agricultural Systems Technology and Agronomy. He is the son of Eric and Dainna Smith.

Vice President Tyler Pierson, Watertown, Minnesota, a sophomore at South Dakota State University majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. Pierson is the 19-year-old son of Tom and Sherri Pierson.

Secretary Haley Alden, Hamilton, Missouri is the 19-year-old daughter of Ron and Judy Aden. She currently attends the University of Missouri where she is studying Agribusiness Management.

Public Relations Officer Mackenzie Cash, Beloit, Wisconsin, is the 21-year-old daughter of Anthony and Cheryl Nickels. She is a senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Animal Science.

Director-Brooke Pearson, Tea, South Dakota, is the 21-year-old daughter of Brad and Bev Pearson. She currently attends South Dakota State University where she studies Animal Science.

Director Marshall Allison, Hookstown, Penn., is the 20-year-old son of Michael and Sharon Allison. He is currently attending Penn State University, majoring in Animal Science.

Re-elected to the board as a director, Gerritt Pearson of Tea, South Dakota, is the19-year-old son of Brad and Bev Pearson. He attends South Dakota State University where he is majoring in pre-chiropractic.

Newly elected director, Kendra Davis, Glenville, Minnesota, is the 18-year-old daughter of Lance and Sharon Davis. She attends South Dakota State University where she majors in Animal Science.

Newly elected to the board, Mitchell Smith, Pendleton, Indiana, is the 19-year-old son of Neal and Jennifer Smith. Smith is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Agricultural Economics.

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Do You Know How the EPA Water Rule Will Impact You?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What will be on your Independence Day grill?”

It looks like most people stuck with the traditional 4th of July grillers. Hamburgers and hot dogs topped the list and I can’t say I am surprised. Maybe everyone was saving their creative genius for the fireworks display.

Our poll results:

  • steak – 14%
  • hamburgers – 25%
  • hot dogs – 18%
  • pork chops – 14%
  • chicken – 4%
  • fish – 0%
  • shrimp – 4%
  • lamb chops – 0%
  • venison – 0%
  • multiple meats – 11%
  • other – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How would the EPA water rule impact you?”

One of the hottest topics in the ag sector these days has to do with water rights. The EPA says that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” but those in the agriculture community are questioning if that will hold true. Have you looked in to how this water rule would impact your operation?

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Book Explores the Popularity, Myths Surrounding Goats

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 6.34.59 PMBesides their growing popularity with hobby farmers, goats are everywhere, getting millions of views on YouTube, in the news, doing yard maintenance and more. Its in that spirit Voyager Press is publishing the new book, Extraordinary Goats: Meetings With Remarkable Goats, Caprine Wonders & Horned Troublemakers, by Janet Hurst.

Humans have used the goat as a symbol for thousands of years and have given it a place in myth and legend; in recent times, images of goats are found everywhere from beer labels to heavy metal art. At the same time, the goat also remains a simple farm animal. Extraordinary Goats explores the many facets of the animal. Goats are useful for their milk, fur and meat. Many communities and airports employ goat herds for landscape management. But besides productivity, goats have personality. They can be friendly, angry, pensive, cranky or curious; they can be your best friend or a thorn in your side. They can drive you crazy and make you laugh.

Chapters on goats in music, sports, beer, movies and even religion explore the impact goats have had. There’s also recipes, info on goat breeds, fibers, goats at work and much more.

Extraordinary Goats is chock full of historical illustrations and photos of goats doing what goats do: riding motorcycles, climbing trees, chewing, singing and being adorably irascible. Whether you own a goat, long wanted one or are just fascinated by videos of goats singing Taylor Swift songs and climbing towers, Extraordinary Goats might be the book for you.

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Ag Groups Challenge EPA Interpretive Rule

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s promise that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” may be falling on deaf ears in the agriculture community.

nppcMcCarthy is visiting Missouri this week to explain the proposed rules but she faces an uphill battle from the major farm organizations opposing it. This week, the groups took aim at the “Interpretive Rule” that was published in the Federal Register at the same time as WOTUS. In comments filed this week, 90 agricultural organizations, led by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, commenting that the interpretive rule is “a legislative rule that must go through notice and comment rulemaking.” The groups say the interpretive rule “binds farmers and ranchers with new, specific legal obligations under the CWA. It modifies existing regulations interpreting the statutory term ‘normal farming, ranching and silviculture.’ under the 404 Dredge and Fill Program.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association claims the rule will make USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) the “water police” and result in cattle producers putting less conservation on the ground.

ncba-logo“The EPA claims they have made right with the agricultural community by interpreting their exemption to only include the ‘normal’ 56 NRCS practice standards, excluding all other NRCS practice standards and all voluntary conservation activities,” said Ashley McDonald, NCBA environmental council. “By defining these very specific 56 practices, the interpretive rule only narrows the scope of what is considered normal farming and ranching practices. These practices, such as building a fence, or grazing cattle, never needed a permit before, but now require oversight by NRCS and mandatory compliance with its standards.”

NCBA and the Public Lands Council filed their own comments to “strongly encourage the agencies to withdraw the interpretive rule immediately and ask that a dialogue be undertaken with the agricultural community prior to any future “interpretive” rules being promulgated that may alter the exemptions Congress included in the Clean Water Act for agriculture.”

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Dairy Products Get Export Assistance

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 21 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Land O’Lakes, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 15.615 million pounds (7,083 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack cheese, 1.246 million pounds (565 metric tons) of butter (82% butterfat) and 837,757 pounds (380 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Oceania. The product will be delivered July 2014 through January 2014.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 74.377 million pounds of cheese, 48.767 million pounds of butter and 15.406 million pounds of whole milk powder to 41 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.926 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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