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  • Dec
    07
    Interpretive Summary: Modulating immunometabolism in transition dairy cows: the role of inflammatory lipid mediators


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    In dairy cows, the transition from late pregnancy to the early postpartum (PP) period and the onset of lactation is characterized by vast changes in metabolism and immune function, thus the concept of immunometabolism is particularly relevant at this stage of the dairy cows’ life.

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  • Dec
    01
    Dairy farmers can now enroll for Dairy Margin Coverage


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that dairy producers can now enroll for 2023 coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program. The DMC safety net program from USDA helps producers manage changes in milk and feed prices.

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  • Dec
    01
    FDA proposes Final Rule to prevent food borne illnesses


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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has submitted the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rule: Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods. The rule is proposing to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons that manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the FDA has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List.

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  • Dec
    01
    Inflation Reduction Act provides payments to farm loan borrowers


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $800 million in debt relief to distressed USDA farm loan borrowers. The loans will assist approximately 115,000 producers who cannot obtain sufficient commercial credit through direct and guaranteed farm loans.

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  • Dec
    01
    Labor Department publishes a final rule to amend H-2A visa program


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    The United States Department of Labor has published a final rule to amend the H-2A visa program. The final rule, Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States, is effective as of November 14, 2022.

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  • Dec
    01
    NIH launches Animals in NIH research webpage


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    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published a new policy resource page, Animals in NIH Research. The webpage provides details on how, why, and when NIH uses animals in biomedical research and the associated benefits.

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  • Dec
    01
    President signs memorandum to strengthen food and ag sector


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    President Biden has signed the National Security Memorandum on Strengthening the Security and Resilience of United States Food and Agriculture. The memorandum builds on the Biden Administration’s ongoing work to ensure Americans have access to safe, affordable food, that US producers can get their goods to market, and that the US food and agricultural system is better prepared for threats that may harm the health of crops and livestock and cause shocks to the cost or availability of food.

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  • Dec
    01
    Proposition providing free school lunches passes in Colorado


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    During the midterm elections, Colorado voters approved a ballot proposition that will create a universal free lunch system. Proposition FF or the Reduce Income Tax Deduction Amounts to Fund School Meals Program Measure comes because many educators and advocates believe that the cost of living in Colorado is higher than in many other states, resulting in many families struggling to afford healthy meals.

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  • Dec
    01
    Review of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)


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    The 27th United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) was held this month in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. One of the top priorities during this year’s conference is to reduce the impact of food and agriculture systems on the environment.

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  • Dec
    01
    USDA announces grants through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced over $73 million in 21 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). The grant projects will expand meat and poultry processing capacity, increase competition, support producer income, and strengthen the food supply chain to lower costs for working families and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas.

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  • Dec
    01
    USDA opens registration for 2023 Agriculture Outlook Forum


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    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that registration for the 99th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) is now open. AOF is USDA’s largest and premier annual two-day event, being held in-person at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on February 23-24, 2023, and all sessions will be live streamed on a virtual platform.

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  • Dec
    01
    White House invests to improve nutrition in schools


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    The Biden administration has announced a new investment of over $50 million in grants will be provided to US schools to invest in new food service equipment that will allow them to continue serving nutritious meals. In 2022, the administration has given $30 million in equipment grants to schools.

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  • Dec
    01
    The Dublin Declaration is now available for scientists to sign


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    A conference to highlight the global role and importance of meat and meat production was recently held in Dublin, Ireland. The conference, “The Societal Role of Meat - What the Science Says,” was organized by a panel of world-renown meat science experts and The Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), the semi-state authority in the Republic of Ireland responsible for research and development, training, and advisory services in the agriculture and food sector.

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  • Nov
    29
    Giving Tuesday 2022


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  • Nov
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Nutrient and Maillard reaction product concentrations of commercially available pet foods and treats


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    When heat is applied to food, the structure of sugars and proteins are rearranged. Some of the newly formed compounds are Maillard reaction products (MRP). The Maillard reaction can form melanoidins that improve color, flavor, and aroma, but can also lead to the loss of essential amino acids and the formation of advanced glycation end-products that may negatively affect animal health.

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  • Nov
    17
    Interpretive Summary: How advances in animal efficiency and management have affected beef cattle’s water intensity in the United States: 1991 compared to 2019


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    Water will continue to be a concern for beef cattle production, particularly in the west where surface and ground water are rapidly depleting. The beef industry has made great strides in water reduction but will need to continue to decrease blue water use, for if there is no water, beef cannot be produced.

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  • Nov
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Insulin-like growth factor-1 is involved in the deteriorated performance of aged laying hens


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    The level of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) in low laying rate hens was significantly decreased in the serum, small white follicles, and dominant follicles. In the hypothalamus and small yellow follicles, the mRNA expression level of estrogen receptor in low laying rate hens was higher than in the medium laying rate hens.

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  • Nov
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Sheep fecal transplantation affects growth performance in mouse models by altering gut microbiota


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    The rate of development of growth traits determines the productivity of sheep. Shortening the fattening cycle of sheep can effectively improve economic efficiency.

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  • Nov
    17
    Intepretive Summary: Ractopamine and age alter oxygen use and nitrogen metabolism in tissues of beef steers


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    Ractopamine (RAC) is a feed additive that stimulates rate of gain, feed efficiency, and carcass leanness in finishing cattle. The objective of the present study was to quantify the effects of age and RAC on whole body metabolism and nutrient use by tissues of the portal-drained viscera, liver, and hindquarters of steers.

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  • Nov
    17
    Interpretive Summary: Potential of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) as a dietary protein source for broilers


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    Insects are regarded as one of the most promising protein sources for feed production due to its high nutritional value and low environmental cost. The objectives of this study were to analyze the dynamic nutritional composition of Drosophila (fruit fly) at various developmental phases in parallel with a commercial black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) meal, as well as to determine the effect of diets with their inclusion on broilers.

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