NIAA Weekly News Bulletin

OCTOBER 22, 2020


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Removal of dairy cows would have negative impacts


Despite greenhouse gas emissions, the dairy industry supplies the protein requirements of 169 million people, calcium requirements of 254 million people and energy requirements of 71.2 million people.

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Animal protein reaches inflection point as threats emerge

Food industry Executive

Traditionally, U.S. animal agriculture has focused on improving productivity and efficiency. However, a pivotal shift in expectations is leading to emerging trends for industry innovation.

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University of Georgia scientist is tracking ‘hitchhiker’ genes Antibiotic resistance occurs when germs learn how to defeat the drugs designed to kill them, threatening their efficacy. Now, Issmat Kassem is tracking MCR genes and how they spread through travel and food trade.

EU funding support for chick sexing company In Ovo was awarded € 2.5m from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot grant to support its mission to stop the global culling of male chicks.

Rat bomb: farming’s death of a thousand bites Rats rack up to $20 billion in damages to the U.S. economy each year, and agriculture covers damages to field crops, stored grain, equipment, building structures, and much more.

Tyson Foods’ top execs talk about future tech for the global company CEO Dean Banks said he was inspired to see knowledge and technology embedded into processes and completely transform the operation.

Impossible Foods expands R&D Impossible Foods looks to hire more than 100 scientists for in its quest for milk and meat alternatives.

U.S. pork industry learns from adversity and looks to future From market disruptions due to plant closures and decimation of the food-service sector, COVID-19 has caused excruciating issues for the pork industry.

Texas A&M AgriLife leads research on coronavirus and the food supply From cattle entering a packing plant to the consumer’s kitchen table, a TAMU-led research project aims to develop a way to predict potential contamination throughout the food supply chain.

Tofurky challenges Louisiana label censorship law The lawsuit is response to challenge emerging laws designed to stop plant-based products from using language reserved for animal-based proteins, like “burger” or “sausage”.

Mcdonald’s puts plant-based pork on the menu in China More than 400 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong and Macau have launched a vegetarian menu centered around OmniPork Luncheon, a vegan alternative to SPAM.


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OPPORTUNITIES in Animal Agriculture

Maryland Department of Agriculture Accepting Proposal for 2021 Animal Waste Technology Grants

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is accepting FY 2021 grant proposals for the department’s Animal Waste Technology Fund. Vendors, businesses, and individuals offering technologies that can demonstrate innovative, economically-feasible animal waste projects should apply.

Learn more by visiting here.

Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture offers Discovery Learning Series

The Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture (HFHA) Project’s Biosecurity Learning Module Series is for students and is intended to create a new culture of biosecurity advocates.

Learn more by visiting, here.

USDA in search of candidates for air quality task force

The Task Force advises the Secretary of Agriculture on air quality and its relationship to agriculture based on sound scientific findings and review of research on agricultural air quality supported by federal agencies. 

To apply or learn more, visit here.

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