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2015 November 30
Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals. Vaccines provide protective immunity approximately 21 days following the initial vaccination in the majority of livestock.


2015 November 30
In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, says a University of California (UC) Davis animal scientist.


2015 November 30
The budget deal approved at the end of October includes plans to cut the rate of return for crop insurance companies from 14.5 percent to 8.9 percent, a cut of roughly 38 percent on the rate of return that translates into $300 million a year or $3 billion over 10 years.


2015 November 30
She had 11 surgeries following a collision involving a drunk driver five years ago. Two crushed ankles and a fused pelvis make it difficult to stand or sit in one spot for more than 10 minutes at a time. She walks for short periods with the aid of support braces.


2015 November 30
In the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had granted approval for the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption, the AquAdvantage salmon. The move was a milestone in the history of genetic modification (GM) technology, and was almost two decades in the making.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a $0.70 increase from last year’s average of $49.41.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The American Angus Association announced new members and officers elected to its board of directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, KS.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Leaders from five state departments of agriculture and 26 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations accompanied U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on a mission to sub-Saharan Africa last week, to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products in that market.


2015 November 20
Keck recently hosted a unique entomophagy dinner event at a private residence near San Antonio, TX. More than 70 people paid $35 each to attend the Bug Banquet she coordinated to educate people on insects as a food source and to serve them unique foods prepared with insect ingredients.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with the Public Lands Council and 37 additional agriculture groups, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership last week urging Congress to take up legislation addressing expired tax extenders.


2015 November 20
Students passionate about becoming an entrepreneur can apply for scholarships to the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Incoming and current College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students are eligible to apply.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead kicked off the first workshop of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Initiative earlier this month with a nod to the significance of wildlife in the West and a request to find the best way to employ state expertise to conserve it responsibly.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
ASI has long supported the eradication of scrapie from the U.S. and appreciates the work of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), state animal health officials, markets, dealers, producers, equipment manufacturers and others who have made contributions to the progress that has been made towards eradication.


by WLJ
2015 November 20
A unique set of challenges in livestock care is associated with the management of young animals—this is especially true with calves in blustery fall and winter weather. Problems can center on inexperience of the dam, illness within the herd, or age of the animals.


2015 November 20
The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF’s) annual Strategic Planning Conference concluded earlier this month with the election of a new officer team. Roel Andriessen, who heads the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats, is the new USMEF Chair.