Kovich joins NPPC staff

The National Pork Producers Council has named Dr. Daniel Kovich as assistant director of science and technology, focusing on food and feed safety and animal handling issues. Kovich comes to NPPC from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he managed state animal welfare and control programs, including animal control officer training and… Read more »

Group housing for dairy calves

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One of the important aspects of a successful dairy farm is raising good replacements and that starts with calves.  While individual calf hutches have proven to be a good way to raise healthy calves, they are also very labor intensive and in the dead of winter, very tough work.  Among the alternatives are individual pens… Read more »

Vet & land-grant schools create antibiotic task force

  The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) are creating a Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from the colleges, universities and veterinary colleges as well as production agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry.  It will advise… Read more »

Comment period extended on Argentine beef

The USDA is extending the comment period for its proposed rule allowing imports of fresh beef from a region of northern Argentina. Many cattle groups and members of Congress oppose the proposal because there’s been Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in that region of the South American country and they believe it’s too much of… Read more »

American Honey Princess in Wisconsin

American Honey Princess Susannah Austin is spending this week in Wisconsin.  The Florida college student is visiting schools and will attend the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association annual meeting later in the week. She says the industry is making progress on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), mites and viruses which have been taking their toll on bee… Read more »

Check teeth, nutrition and vaccinations

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As the cold weather sets-in, it is time to make sure your horse is ready for what lies ahead.  Dr. Armon Hetzel is a Professional Services Vet with Animart Incorporated.  He says your top priorities for your horse in the fall is dental health, good nutrition and vaccines.  Hoof care is also essential and should… Read more »

Dropping temps and PEDv

The forecast for dropping temperatures may be causing pork producers to flashback to last winter and the outbreak of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). State Veterinarian (in Ohio) Dr. Tony Forshey says there’s reason for concern. “We’re going to go in here now with still a population of our swine that don’t have a lot… Read more »

Fighting back against soybean seedling diseases

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Farmers and agronomists across the Midwest are reporting more problems with soybean seedling diseases in the spring, especially phytophthora and pythium. Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University plant pathologist, says some of that is due to the earlier planting and minimum tillage that is taking place.  She says “up-and-down” spring weather conditions are also a factor…. Read more »

Sandeen named chancellor at Wisconsin

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to… Read more »

Valent’s Intego Suite System–making every seed count

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Valent recently held a series of meetings to educate retailers on “the hidden threat of Phytophthora and Pythium”. They also discussed how Valent’s new soybean seed protection product, Intego Suite System, will help in the fight against those yield-robbing soybean seedling diseases. Leading the technical discussion of the diseases at the Omaha meeting was Dr…. Read more »