NIAA Weekly News Bulletin

OCTOBER 15, 2020


NIAA 10th Antibiotic Symposium: Key learnings from the Field

National Institute for Animal Agriculture

What are the latest updates to antimicrobial research and regulations? Field experts will outline what they’ve learned about antibiotics and their species.

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U.S. falling behind in race to adopt key farm technology

National Pork Producers

Regulatory jurisdiction over
gene edited livestock has
stalled the development of
emerging technology

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Another loss to Australia's cattle industry to overturn US-controlled cattle genome patent - Research on cattle breeding in Australia could be stifled, following another failed attempt to block a controversial genome patent.

New animal science education center at Huntington University  The new Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center will provide opportunities to students of all ages.

Dairy processors push sustainability – Dairy companies are working to make sustainability an industry-wide priority.

Want To Know How Your Chicken Filet Was Raised? This Technology May Tell You – A consumer-facing platform is working to bridge the information gap from farm to fork. Through a QR code, consumers can track the food's journey.

Precision feed reduces environmental impact - The project, Feed-a-Gene, focused on improving feed conversion for pigs, poultry and rabbits in different production systems and reducing the environmental impact.

HAULS Act provides flexibility for transporting livestock - The Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act would accommodate the seasonal spikes in transportation of the food supply, by modernizing ag exemptions.

Effectiveness of swine barn air filters – Researchers are working on establishing the best method for detecting and extracting captured virus particles from swine barn filters to improve the control of disease.

Sonny Perdue discusses the challenges agriculture could face – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue joins 'Shop Talk Townhall' to discuss challenges that agriculture could face in the upcoming years.

IN Board of Animal Health to provide free RFID cattle tags - RFID tags are the standard for identifying cattle in Indiana, and the state BOAH is giving away free 840 tags to cattle producers while supplies last.

Ag remains a driver of economic well-being - Most rural Nebraskans believe that agriculture is a driver of economic well-being in their households and communities, according to the 2020 Nebraska Rural Poll. 

Companies struggle to meet gestation stall commitments – From 2012 to 2015, companies made commitments to phase out gestation stalls. Now, missed deadlines and slowed progress show complexity of animal welfare issues.

Coronavirus Spreads to Mink Industry - Wisconsin agriculture officials have confirmed the first coronavirus outbreak at one of the state’s mink farms.


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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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