NIAA WEEKLY BULLETIN
July 8, 2021
More news in ANIMAL AGRICULTURE
NIFA Invests $14M in Animal Health and Disease Research – USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment in research to protect agricultural animals from disease. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Diseases of Agricultural Animals program area priority.
New U.S. rules to protect farmers expected soon – The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens, and hogs against the country’s largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition in agriculture.
Genetic Resistance to Campylobacter – Research has identified genes in chickens that could offer resistance to harmful bacterial commonly found in poultry and could inform ways to limit the risk of associated food poisoning in people.
Ruling goes against U.S. sheep experimental station in Idaho – U.S. officials and a sheep industry group have filed notices to appeal a federal court ruling involving an eastern Idaho sheep research facility targeted by environmental groups concerned about harm to wildlife.
Why hunting might hurt efforts to control the feral hog population – There are more than six million feral hogs in the United States, causing $2.5 billion in damage annually. While some states encourage hunting to reduce the population, some are implementing counterintuitive policies to help get rid of them.
Using plant extracts to combat heat stress in dairy cows – The thermal comfort zone of dairy cows shows that they are highly susceptible to heat stress. To restore some degrees of comfort to the animals, plant extracts can be used as part of their ration.
Auburn University Researcher Developing Aquaculture Management Practices – Alan Wilson, professor and assistant director for instruction at Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, is focusing on developing programs to help the aquaculture industry better manage problematic algae growth in ponds and other water sources.
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