$8 million grant will expand national swine resource and research center at MU

 The University of Missouri has become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans.


Two Nebraska plants get a chunk of $73 million awarded by USDA to boost smaller meatpackers

Two Nebraska meat processors are among the first to receive grants including nearly $20 million awarded to an Omaha packer, to expand capacity of smaller, independent plants.



USDA to fund research on SARS-CoV-2 in animals –  USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will disseminate $30 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to address SARS-CoV-2 in animals and advance the nation’s ability to protect the health of humans and animals.

CAES partners with Dalan Animal Health to advance world’s first honeybee vaccine – Soon beekeepers may be able to protect their colonies through vaccination. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Dalan Animal Health have teamed up to advance the world’s first honeybee vaccine.

Farm stress and mental health resources for animal ag industry – Unique stressors hit agriculturalists, and they’ve been known to hit them hard. Among the most dangerous industries in the United States, farming includes long hours, fatigue, financial pressures, weather, and more. As part of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture effort, funded by a USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Grant, several free mental wellness and farm stress resources are now available to the Pennsylvania agriculture community.

Chairman Mooney highlights dairy’s strengths –  NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney, a dairy farmer outside Rogersville, MO, said the spirit of collaboration and facing challenges head on, embodied in the cooperative model, will give dairy strength in the years to come. He spoke on Oct. 25 at NMPF’s annual meeting in Denver.

Minnesota, Iowa, Quebec poultry infected with avian flu –  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported that a commercial turkey flock in Swift County, Minnesota, was affected by HPAI. There were 45,600 birds involved, and that case was confirmed October 31.

Porcine ear necrosis in intensive production systems –  To better understand porcine ear necrosis and to optimize control measures, it is important to have more detailed information on the prevalence, lesion severity, and risk factors of porcine ear necrosis.

Imaging technology could help track pecking, floor eggs –  Imaging technology could replace manual monitoring in cage-free houses by helping producers automatically track pecking behaviors and floor eggs.

Barrows and gilts value difference debunked: is the gilt gap worth closing? –  No one can deny there’s a difference between market gilts and market barrows. That’s why Ben Bohrer, meat scientist at The Ohio State University, along with collaborators Jason Woodworth and Jamil Faccin from Kansas State University decided to study the gilt gap, or the difference in performance and processing between market gilts and market barrows.

How the agricultural industry funds pro-beef ‘science’ –  One of the country’s most prominent academic centers that purports to “advance sustainability in animal agriculture” is almost entirely funded by industrial agriculture interests, new documents show. And the industry has used its connection to help push messaging around how beef isn’t that harmful to the planet.

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