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  • May
    06
    Interpretive Summary: Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts reduce oxidative stress and increase milk yield in ewes during peak lactation


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study hypothesized that Lactobacillus-fermented plant extracts would offset these negative effects by ameliorating oxidative stress.

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  • May
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Genomic predictions impacts when new information is added in a population of American Angus cattle


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    In this recent Journal of Animal Science study, researchers looked at the estimated breeding values (EBV) and genomic EBV (GEBV) in a population of American Angus cattle for one year.

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  • May
    03
    Interpretive Summary: Impact of increasing levels of fumonisin on the health and performance of beef steers


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study evaluated the effects of fumonisin on cattle at concentrations below and above the current FDA maximum allowed levels.

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  • May
    03
    2021 ASAS-CSAS-SSASAS Annual Meeting


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    My fifteen years at ASAS equates to planning 16 national meetings, more than 50 sectional meetings, 10 meetings outside the United States and a variety of smaller specialty meetings.

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  • May
    03
    Journal of Animal Science, Translational Animal Science and Animal Frontiers production changes geared to combat production issues in India linked to COVID-19


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    Counter to what we anticipated, journal submissions to all ASAS journals have increased throughout the pandemic, but many may have noticed, particularly within JAS that even though articles are moving from submission to Advance Access faster than ever before, there have been issues getting final article proofs and moving the final articles into paginated issues, resulting in smaller than normal issue sizes for March and April.

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  • Apr
    29
    Interpretive Summary: The use of live yeast to increase intake and performance of cattle receiving low-quality tropical forages


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    Researchers fed cattle high fiber, low-quality Rhodes grass hay and supplemented feed with LY to evaluate digestibility in this recent Journal of Animal Science study.

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  • Apr
    29
    Interpretive Summary: Nutrient digestibility and fecal characteristics, microbiota, and metabolites in dogs fed human-grade foods


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    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study evaluated the digestibility of HG food in dogs.

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  • Apr
    26
    Washington Roundup - April 2021- By Lowell Randel


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    Science Investments Included in Biden Budget Request
    On April 9th, President Biden released information related to his fiscal year 2022 budget priorities. The submission to Congress highlights discretionary spending priorities for federal agencies but does not include program-by-program details.

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  • Apr
    26
    Ag Budget Request Increases 16%


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    Earlier this month, The Biden Administration presented to Congress the President’s priorities for the Fiscal Year 2022 discretionary spending, including $27.8 billion for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a $3.8 billion, or 16% increase from the 2021 enacted level.

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  • Apr
    26
    “Agriculture’s Role in 30x30: Partnering with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect Land, Biodiversity, and the Climate” Report Released


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    The American Farmland Trust, a national organization founded in 1980 that works to protect farmland, promote environmentally sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land, has released the Agriculture’s Role in 30x30: Partnering with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect Land, Biodiversity, and the Climate Report highlighting agriculture’s role in conversing at least 30% of land and water by 2030, per President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

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  • Apr
    26
    APLU Releases Study About Ag School Infrastructure


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    The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has released A National Study of Capital Infrastructure at Colleges and Schools of Agriculture report. The study found that there is nearly $11.5 billion in needed repairs and renovations at the buildings and supporting facilities at the Land-Grant Universities that are authorized to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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  • Apr
    26
    “Benefits of Increased Investment in Agriculture Research” Report Released


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    The Farm Journal Foundation (FJF), the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), and the IHS Markit Agribusiness Consulting Group released the Benefits of Increased Investment in Agriculture Research Report. The report highlights the vital importance of public funding for agricultural research and development.

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  • Apr
    26
    House Approves Ag Labor Bill, Sent to Senate


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    The United States House of Representatives voted 274-174 to advance the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The Act is said to stabilize the agriculture sector and preserve rural heritage by ensuring that farmers can meet their labor needs in the future. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA).

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  • Apr
    26
    New Legislation Introduced Addressing Health, Nutrition, and Research


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    During the last month, there have been numerous bills introduced relating to health, nutrition, and research.

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  • Apr
    26
    The Food Safety and Nutrition Survey Results Released by FDA


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    The United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food and Safety Nutrition Survey (FSANS) results were released. The FSANS assesses consumers’ awareness, knowledge, understanding, and reports the behaviors relating to a variety of food safety and nutrition-related topics.

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  • Apr
    26
    USDA Releases “AgLabs” For Students Interested in Science


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    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched AgLabs, a science-education website for students and educators.

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  • Apr
    26
    USDA Agencies Remain Understaffed


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    It has been a little over a year since the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) relocated from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Apr
    26
    New Biden Appointees Take Office


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    Within the last month, the Biden Administration has announced numerous appointees relating to health, agriculture, and research. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate and will serve as US Surgeon General. Murthy previously served as Surgeon General under the Obama Administration.

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  • Apr
    22
    The American Society of Animal Science submits letter to EPA.


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    The letter was prompted by EPA sponsorship of “Plant Forward Menus for the Planet” programs at universities across the nation.

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  • Apr
    22
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of dietary oregano essential oil supplementation in yellow-feathered chickens


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    A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science investigated the effects or oregano essential oil supplementation on growth performance, intestinal antioxidative capacity, immunity, and intestinal microbiota of young yellow-feathered chickens.

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