Forty-nine veterinarians get financial help

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded more than $4.5 million to 49 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. The awards, made through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),… Read more »

Poultry industry must stay vigilant to prevent avian flu

The new chairman of the National Chicken Council says avian influenza continues to have the poultry industry on high alert. The virus devastated the turkey and egg-laying industries earlier this year, and although no flu cases have been reported with broilers, Todd Simmons tells Brownfield producers need to stay vigilant. “In our meeting in Washington… Read more »

Sharing dairy research information

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The American Dairy Science Association is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. Ken Olson says the main purpose of the ADSA… Read more »

Lessons to be learned from Subway’s antibiotic announcement

A livestock producer says there are lessons to be learned from Subway’s recent announcement and subsequent revision of antibiotic policies. Last week, the fast food giant went public with a plan to eliminate antibiotic use from its meat supply. Anne Burkholder feeds cattle in Nebraska’s Platte River Valley and tells Brownfield she was upset with… Read more »

Minnesota DNR continues to look for avian flu in wild birds

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continues to look for high path avian influenza in migratory waterfowl. Wildlife Research Manager Lou Cornicelli says the first case of avian flu in the state occurred before migration started this spring. “So there weren’t really many ducks in the area at the time.  We had some resident mallards… Read more »

Business leader at CHS says co-op consolidation will continue

A business leader for the nation’s largest cooperative says she expects consolidation within the industry to continue. Lisa Zell is vice president for business solutions at CHS, the biggest and most profitable co-op in the U.S. Zell tells Brownfield consolidation is already occurring and she expects it to escalate. “At a pace that is something… Read more »

Subway says decision to remove antibiotics from meat supply not hastily made

A person with Subway’s PR agency says the fast food chain’s decision to eliminate antibiotics from all its meat supplies was not hastily made.   On Tuesday, the company announced it will introduce chicken and turkey raised without antibiotics across all of its U.S. restaurants beginning next year, and eventually its pork and beef supplies…. Read more »

Senate hears GMO labeling concerns

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Conflicting viewpoints on GMO labeling were aired Wednesday at a U.S. Senate Ag Committee hearing.  Many of the witnesses questioned if GMO labeling is necessary and whether it should be voluntary or mandatory. Concerns were also expressed about the possible impact on consumers’ pocketbooks, farmers and international trade. Joanna Lidback, a small Vermont dairy farmer,… Read more »