NIAA Weekly News Bulletin

October 1, 2020

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Meat's carbon footprint smaller than originally anticipated

Watt Ag Net

Changing knowledge about methane shifts blame from animal agriculture.

Layer chickens
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The Aquaculture Act brings on a new era for aquaculture

Sea West News

Bipartisan legislation opens
pathway for seafood farming in U.S. and Canada.

Fish at market
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24-year ban on British meat lifted – Northern Irish beef will arrive in Philadelphia this week after mad cow scare in 1990s caused UK beef ban.

Seaweed supplement reduces methane emissions in cows  An Australian company has produced a seaweed-based dietary supplement for dairy and beef cattle eliminating 80% of the methane content emitted by the animals.

Algea residuals used in chicken feed – Researchers are conducting studies on whether residual flows from algea production can deliver value in chicken feed.

Oregon dairy offers advice to Wisconsin dairy farms – Threemile Canyon Farms is saving $4-5 million a year from its closed-loop system.

German startup to breed insects for animal feed – FarmInsect has developed a technology to breed larvae as protein in animal feed. 

Nebraska reports massive losses for ag producers – A report from Nebraska Farm Bureau indicates state beef producers will experience losses up to $971 million due to Covid-19.

China animal feed market to grow – Despite losses from African Swine Fever, China's animal feed market is expected to grow 4.06% from 2020-2025.

Reshaping agriculture through genome editing – Diane Wray-Cahen has been the senior science advisor for agricultural biotechnologies at the USDA-FAS for a decade. She considers gene editing to be the most promising and innovative technology for breeding in the past 30 years.  

Don't let red tape stifle the benefits of biotechnology – Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture weighs in on the importance of technological innovations in agriculture.  

Aquaculture vaccine venture launched – Touchlight Genetics will utilize a DNA-based platform to develop new vaccines. DNA vaccines could be more cost-efficient, safe and effective with shorter production timelines.

Nestle launches R&D accelerator for dairy innovation – The accelerator is located in Switzerland and will drive innovation in the speed-to-market of sustainable dairy products, as well as plant-based dairy alternatives.


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