June beef production record large for the month

The USDA says more beef was produced in June ’22 than any other June on record. That is due in part to herd liquidation in some states that are being heavily impacted by drought.


Artificial Intelligence in agriculture, another place where medical techniques can help

Artificial intelligence in medicine has been a big part of its growth. Now Artificial Intelligence is moving to help ranchers to better manage their herds.



Ag tech startup Verility closes $3.5 million Series A funding round to further develop livestock fertility analysis platform- Verility has created a global platform called Fertile-EyezTM that provides fertility analysis products that enable livestock producers and breeders to accelerate reproductive performance.

Texas Tech, USDA mentorship offers insight into animal investigations-Texas Tech University’s Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the USDA teamed up to provide mentorship opportunities and practical experience to students pursuing careers in animal disease research with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Laboratorian Training Program, which is nearing the conclusion of its first year. 

Egg-Tech Prize opens Phase II to end male chick culling– Applications are now being accepted for the final stage of the two-part international Egg-Tech Prize competition to end male-chick culling.

Updates on the Farm Bill and industry impact in the US- The National Pork Producers’ Council (NPPC) praised the 2018 Farm Bill as it “contained language championed by NPPC to establish permanent, mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness.

Exploring Emerging Genetic Technologies- New innovations in genetic technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas systems and small interfering ribonucleic acid (RNA), are helping to expand our understanding and ability to modify, suppress, and detect organisms at the molecular level. These technologies are faster, cheaper, and more accurate than previous molecular tools, allowing scientists to target specific species, lineages, and genes.

What happens if the world gets too hot for animals to survive? Last month, during a slow-moving heat wave that smothered much of the United States, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported at least 2,000 cattle had died from heat stress.

US, PH team up to beat ASF- The United States and the Philippines launched a new project aimed at strengthening local veterinary services for safe pork and pork products to support the Philippine swine industry in the long term.

OPPORTUNITIES in Animal Agriculture

Beef Alliance Announces 2nd Annual Startup Challenge

Startups can apply to participate in the 2022 Startup Challenge. The Beef Alliance is opening the competition to any startup with an offering for feedyards with a focus on innovation and technology to enhance environmental sustainability in cattle feeding. Applications must be received by August 17, 2022. Learn more here.


44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy

Applications are now open. The next academy begins in September 2022 and continues through August 2023. The program consists of seven courses with nearly 30 learning hours per course. Classes are taught online with pre-recorded lectures.


Update Your Council Preferences

NIAA is updating the lists of council members. Whether you attend every council meeting or have never attended, please review our council list and check the boxes for each council you are interested in. To review the purpose of each council, please visit our website here.


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