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Restaurant spending surges in January

The latest consumer price and spending data from the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a continuation of food-price trends, with beef prices continuing upward ahead of other animal-based foods. One notable piece of information from the reports, however, illustrates how the U.S. food-service sector has fared as the economy improves.

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Veterinary students urge Congress to act on education issues

From the ever-increasing weight of student loans on the backs of young professionals to the lack of veterinary services across America’s rural communities, nearly 70 veterinary students had a lot to say when they met with their legislators this week in the nation’s capital as part of AVMA’s 2015 Legislative Fly-in.

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Funding bill includes completion of NBAF

It appears the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will receive the $300 million in federal funding needed to complete construction in Manhattan, Kansas. After a contentious fight over the Obama Administration’s immigration policy, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 257 to 167 in favor of the $40 billion bill, which finds the Department of Homeland Security, including $300 million for the NBAF.

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Industry reacts to FDA milk residue survey

After Dairy Herd Management learned in November from an FDA official that any residues found would be at very low levels, (READ: Get ready for the good news to be skewed on milk drug residues), we waited for the complete results.

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FDA’s survey of milk finds few drug residues

The FDA today announced results from its milk sampling survey, involving the testing of nearly 2,000 dairy farms for drug residues in milk. More than 99 percent of the samples are free of drug residues of concern-- underscoring the safety of the US milk supply. Look for more analysis at DairyHerd.com later in the day.

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McDonald’s to curtail antibiotic use

McDonald’s this week announced a plan to source poultry raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. At the same time, the company also introduced its Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals, which implies McDonald’s will, over time, extend similar policies to its beef, dairy and pork supply chains.

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Emergency preparedness one bite at a time

Early recognition and rapid response to a foreign animal disease (FAD) are critical to mitigating the toll it takes, according to Dr. Justin Smith, deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. That is why he and other animal health and emergency preparedness personnel, including Sandy Johnson, the department’s emergency management coordinator, are dedicating time to travel the state of Kansas to meet with stakeholders about the state’s FAD response plan. “Knowing what to do and practicing is so important,” Johnson says about the state’s plan.

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AVMA launches economic-report series

During 2015, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) plans to release a series of reports detailing economic trends in veterinary medicine in the United States. The first of those reports, which focuses on veterinary markets, now is available.

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