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  • Feb
    25
    Washington Roundup - February 2021- By Lowell Randel


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    President Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to provide additional stimulus and relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Feb
    25
    Ag Industry Found to Contribute 10% of Overall GHG Emission


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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report that states 9.9% of greenhouse gas emissions are from livestock in 2018.

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  • Feb
    25
    Biden’s Travel Ban Affects Ag Industry


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    President Joe Biden has signed a proclamation limiting and prohibiting travel to the United States from certain countries due to the new strains of COVID-19.

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  • Feb
    25
    DIRECT Act 2021 Introduced


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    The Direct Interstate Retail Exemption for Certain Transactions (DIRECT) Act of 2021 was introduced to the House by Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to expand opportunities for small and very small meat processors who proved essential as larger facilities closed due to COVID-19.

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  • Feb
    25
    Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act Introduced


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    The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act has been introduced in the United States Senate. The bill would provide $5 billion in aid to farmers of color affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as generational inequalities in agriculture.

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  • Feb
    25
    ERS Report Finds Working from Home Leads to Eating at Home


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Services (ERS) has published a study that found working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to people spending more time preparing food and eating meals at home.

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  • Feb
    25
    Meatpacking Plant Investigation Launched by House


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    The United States House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has opened an investigation into the COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants nationwide.

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  • Feb
    25
    P-EBT Expended During COVID-19 Pandemic


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced efforts to expand nutrition assistance to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Feb
    25
    US Ag Innovation Strategy Released


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) has released the U.S. Agriculture Innovation Strategy: A Directional Vision for Research. This is the first part of the Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA), which is committed to the success of American farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters in the face of today’s challenges.

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  • Feb
    22
    Hello Fellow ASAS Midwest Section members and animal science enthusiasts.


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    As we approach the 2021 Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 8 – 10, 2021, I would like to invite you, your colleagues, graduate students, and/or undergraduate student populations you may serve to register for this important scientific meeting.

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  • Feb
    22
    Hello Midwest ASAS Students


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    We are excited for you all to attend the 2021 MWASAS Virtual Annual Meeting!

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  • Feb
    22
    Dear ASAS Southern Section Members


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    In a year of uncertainty, the one thing that has been consistent lately has been change. Change has pushed us outside of our comfort zone to explore new ways of conducting everyday experiences. As you are already aware, there has been a change for our ASAS Southern Section Meeting.

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  • Feb
    22
    Dear Northeast ASAS/ADSA Section Colleagues


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    As you are aware, the Northeast Section ASAS/ADSA made the decision to hold the 2021 Annual Meeting in a virtual format. We were excited about the possibility of a joint meeting with the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference, but it became clear that an in-person meeting was simply not feasible.

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  • Feb
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Associations between immune competence phenotype and feedlot health and productivity in Angus cattle


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science article studied the relationship between IC and health and productivity in Angus cattle.

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  • Feb
    15
    Functional amino acid supplementation, regardless of dietary protein content, improves growth performance and immune status of weaned pigs challenged with Salmonella Typhimurium


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    A recent study, published in the Journal of Animal Science, aimed to determine whether supplementation of functional amino acids would improve growth performance and immune status of Salmonella-challenged weaned pigs and whether the effect of functional amino acids is dependent on dietary protein content.

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  • Feb
    15
    In Memory: Dr. Dale ZoBell


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    Dr. Dale ZoBell, 68, passed away on February 4, 2021 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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  • Feb
    15
    A dynamic mammary gland model describing colostrum immunoglobulin transfer and milk production in lactating sows


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    A study recently published in the Journal of Animal Science examined ways to integrate physiological and empirical knowledge of the production of colostrum and milk in a dynamic model of a single sow mammary gland to understand and quantify parameters controlling mammary gland output.

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  • Feb
    11
    Interpretive Summary: Effect of hay type on cecal and fecal microbiome and fermentation parameters in horses.


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    An article recently published in the Journal of Animal Science aimed to quantify the fecal and cecal microbiome of mature horses consuming alfalfa or Smooth Bromegrass hay (Brome).

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  • Feb
    11
    Interpretive Summary: The effect of life history events on carcass merit and price of cull dairy cows


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    The first of its kind, a study was published in the Journal of Animal Science reporting on life history events affecting sale barn price and carcass merit of cull dairy cows.

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  • Feb
    08
    Interpretive Summary: Genomic selection in American mink using a ssGBLUP model


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    In this recent Journal of Animal Science study, the authors evaluated the usefulness of GBS in American mink, comparing the predictive accuracy of the standard pedigree BLUP model versus the ssGBLUP model.

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