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  • Oct
    25
    USDA Funds Equality in Agriculture


    TS Equality
    “Equity is a vital consideration in all we do at USDA,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We must see to it that the programs we support and the investments we make are available to all and that we take distinct action in ensuring that historically underserved farmers and ranchers are able to participate in USDA programs and benefit from the opportunities USDA investments and programs can help create.”

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  • Oct
    25
    California to Ban Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment


    TS Gas Power Lawn Mower
    Starting as early as 2024, the state of California will ban the sale of gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chainsaws. The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission. The California Air Resources Board will determine the date at which it is feasible to implement the law.

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  • Oct
    25
    Head of NIH Steps Down


    TS Resign
    “It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great agency for more than a decade,” said Dr. Collins. “I love this agency and its people so deeply that the decision to step down was a difficult one, done in close counsel with my wife, Diane Baker, and my family. I am proud of all we’ve accomplished. I fundamentally believe, however, that no single person should serve in the position too long and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future. I’m most grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.”

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  • Oct
    25
    FSIS Denies Petition to Consider Cultured Meats Plant-Based


    TS Cultured meat
    The USCA’s petition was primarily targeted towards synthetic and lab-grown products. FSIS addressed both topics. Considering lab-grown, cell-cultured products, FSIS stated that it intends to address this issue through an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which was published on September 3rd. USCA’s petition is stated within the ANPR summary.

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  • Oct
    25
    Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act Introduced


    TS Court Ruling
    “For far too long, farmers and ranchers have been forced to pay into these programs only to see their dollars go to trade and lobbying organizations that work against their very existence. USDA has failed to act, so it’s time for Congress to step in and do what’s right for family farmers and ranchers,” said Joe Maxwell, President of the Family Farm Action Alliance.

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  • Oct
    25
    Cattle Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds


    TS court
    The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) have recently been involved in two cases related to the beef industry. The first against the nation’s 4 largest beef producers and the second against the Beef Checkoff Program.

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  • Oct
    25
    Animal Welfare Question in Massachusetts Delayed


    TS animal welfare
    The Massachusetts House recently voted on the Question 3 initiative, prohibiting the sale of pork that does not meet the state’s production standards. Overwhelmingly, the House decided 156-1 to delay the initiative until January 1, 2023. Previously, it would have taken effect starting in 2022. The Massachusetts Senate still must vote on the decision.

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  • Oct
    25
    Members of PCAST Announced


    TS member
    President Joe Biden announced the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), external advisors charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President and the White House. Thirty leaders were selected, containing the most diverse group in United States history.

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  • Oct
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Potential use of ground brown rice for weanling pigs


    TS weanling pig (1)
    Replacing corn with rice in diets for weaning or growing pigs has been studied in the past and has demonstrated improved growth performance and nutrient digestibility, but there is limited information about corn replacement with brown rice on growth performance, immune status, and gut microbiota of weanling pigs.

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  • Oct
    21
    Interpretive Summary: Characterization of bacterial DNA identified in abscessed and non-abscessed bovine hepatic tissue at the time of harvest


    TS Holstein steers
    Bovine liver abscesses continue to be a primary concern facing beef production efficiency and, despite current mitigation strategies, significant variation exists in the rate of liver condemnation.

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  • Oct
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Dietary taurine protects against oxidative stress in broiler chickens


    TS broiler chicken
    The authors of this recent Journal of Animal Science study hypothesized that supplementation with the amino acid taurine would attenuate oxidative stress in broiler chickens. Injury from oxidative stress happens when the body’s ability to control free radicals is overwhelmed.

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  • Oct
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Homeopathic supplementations effects on stress response of growing pigs from road transportation


    TS livestock trailer
    Livestock transportation may cause significant economic losses in the swine industry due to the animal's stress response. Previous research has linked road transportation to many factors negatively impacting the animal's physiological status; release of glucocorticoids, inhibition of antibodies following vaccination, and interferes with the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, to name a few.

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  • Oct
    18
    Interpretive Summary: Impacts of L-glutamine in swine nursery diets


    TS Nursery Pig
    Stress from weaning and transport leads to poor piglet health outcomes such as diarrhea and increased susceptibility to infections. In the past, feeding prophylactic antibiotics prevented gastrointestinal disease and reduced piglet morbidity and mortality. In this recent Journal of Animal Science study, researchers fed nursery pigs GLN or antibiotics and then compared their intestinal health and gut microbiomes.

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  • Oct
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Triennial reproduction symposium: L.E. Casida Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: mentoring graduate students in animal science


    TS grad students
    Specific research objectives within any lab are crucial; however, Dr. Wettemann states that opportunities for deviation and originality for new ideas should be encouraged. This is how students will ultimately solve the questions.

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  • Oct
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Behavioral and stress responses to feeding time in pregnant sows


    TS pig feed
    Feeding time can directly impact sow performance and stress levels. Depending on the time of day and length of time animals are fed, physiological and behavior changes may occur. How such changes impact animal welfare and performance, however, are poorly understood.

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  • Oct
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Establishment of a bovine rumen epithelial cell line


    TS Rumen Cow
    The rumen is essential for digestion and absorption in ruminant animals. Thus, feed ingredients, whether roughage or concentrate, must first be digested by enzymes from microbes in the rumen to produce volatile fatty acids (VFAs).

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  • Oct
    14
    Interpretive Summary: Heat processing increased the digestibility of phosphorus in soybean expeller, canola meal, and canola expeller fed to growing pigs


    TS Feeder Pig
    Over two-thirds of the total Phosphorus in plant-based ingredients used in swine diets are present as inositol hexakisphosphate, more commonly known as phytate, and is poorly available to the pig. Deficient Phosphorus levels can have adverse effects on growth performance and the eutrophication of water.

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  • Oct
    07
    Interpretive Summary: 129 Genomic Relationship Between PRRSV Wild-type Infection and PRRSV...


    TS pigresearch
    The selection of swine for production typically occurs in a purebred, high health, biosecure nucleus herd. However, this selection and management system limits industry capabilities to genetically select for traits the confer disease resistance and antibody response to pathogen challenges.

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  • Oct
    07
    Interpretive Summary: A highly polymorphic caprine keratin-associated protein gene identified and its effect on cashmere traits


    TS cashmere goat
    Cashmere fiber is a main product of cashmere goats that is produced by secondary hair follicles, and, like wool, the cashmere fiber is composed of hair-keratins and keratin-associated proteins.

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  • Oct
    07
    Interpretive Summary: Effects of supplemental d-methionine in comparison to l-methionine on nitrogen retention...


    TS weanling pig
    Methionine is a limiting amino acid in swine diets, but because of its high requirement by pigs and its low concentration in many feed ingredients, supplementation with synthetic sources of methionine is common in diets fed to pigs.

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