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USDA awards research grants to increase food security, livestock health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced three grants designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.


Large-volume intravenous (IV) solution shortage

Due to the shortage of 3- to 5-liter volume units of fluids intended for intravenous (IV) administration in large animals, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is temporarily exercising enforcement discretion for the distribution of IV fluid products into the United States.


Feedlot inventories up slightly

So far this year, the number of cattle and calves on feed in the United States has run very close to that of a year ago, and the April Cattle on Feed report from USDA shows the trend continuing. As of April 1, cattle in feedlots with capacity for 1,000 head or more totaled 10.8 million head, up by less than 1 percent from a year earlier.


2015 VMLRP shortage areas map available

The 2015 Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is now available on the NIFA website. Shortage areas within each state can be found by clicking on a U.S. map on the NIFA/VMLRP website.


Innovacyn introduces new formulation of Vetericyn Plus

Innovacyn, a leader in innovative medical devices in the human and animal health industry, announced a new and improved formulation in their animal line of healthcare products—Vetericyn Plus, available for all animal species, regardless of age.


Alltech to acquire Ridley Inc.

Alltech will acquire 100% of the outstanding stock of Ridley, Inc., a commercial animal nutrition company based in Mankato, Minn. The total consideration payable to Ridley shareholders is approximately $521 million.


Weighing in on water

Water has been near the top of the headlines lately, and will continue to generate debate as the drought in California and much of the West reaches unprecedented proportions. And as water sources turn dry and municipalities claim a larger share of the resource, agriculture will need to adjust.


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