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Why You Need to Pay Attention Now to EPA’s Proposed Rodenticide Mitigation Measures

EPA is proposing changes to rodenticides that would result in canceling products and uses, adding more requirements to labels, and reclassifying some products to restricted use pesticides. Here's what you need to know.

Health Advocates and Online Activists Sue FDA Over Antibiotics in Livestock

A coalition of public health advocacy groups and online activists have filed a lawsuit against the FDA and its Center for Veterinary Medicine, challenging the decision to keep important antibiotics in animal ag.

JEV: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Although the likelihood of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) being found in the U.S. is low, here's why USDA is taking this virus seriously.

Iowa Governor Announces Funding for ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced $40 million in funding to help complete Phase 2 of Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Here's why it matters to all of animal agriculture.

FDA Publishes 2021 Report on Antimicrobial Use in Livestock

Domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by less than 1% between 2020-21. Compared to 2015 (peak year), 2021 sales decreased 38%.

USDA Seeks to Fund Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard Development

Antimicrobials are some of the most critical tools for treating infections and saving people and animals. That's why APHIS is making up to $3 million in funding available to create antimicrobial resistance dashboards.

Boehringer Ingelheim Launches Free PRRS Handbook

PRRS continues to be the most economically significant disease affecting the U.S. swine industry. Boehringer Ingelheim is launching a PRRS Knowledge Manual, chronicling years of research and best practices for control. 

Veterinarians on Alert Due to Amoxicillin Shortage

Veterinarians are on alert as supply interruptions unfold for liquid amoxicillin, a first-line antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections in humans and animals.  

When All Hell Broke Loose: Our PRRS Outbreak

The first 10 days were hell, says Kyle Baade, a Nebraska pork producer. After that, if a visitor showed up, he says they would have no idea the farm had any issues. Here's his PRRS story and how it changed his life.

Check Out These Mental Health Resources

Today is World Mental Health Day. Here are some resources that can help you and other people you know and care about!

Plant-Based Food Isn't Healthier: New Book Sets Out to Debunk Myths

A book about why eating a plants-only diet won't improve your health or save the planet is turning heads. A British-based investigative journalist digs into the concept that plant-based food is better for your health.

Genvax Technologies Secures $6.5 Million to Advance Novel Vaccine Platform

United Animal Health, Johnsonville Ventures and the Iowa Corn Growers Association commit support to Genvax Technologies, a startup dedicated to advancing self-amplifying mRNA vaccine production in animal health.

NIFA Invests $5M in Mitigating Antimicrobial Resistance Across the Food Chain

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced an investment of more than $5 million to mitigate antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

Veterinary Community Mourns the Loss of Dr. Joan Arnoldi

Dr. Joan Arnoldi, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's first female female Deputy Administrator and Chief Veterinary Officer of the United States, passed away on May 10.

Probiotics May Pose Risks to Animal and Human Health

Probiotics may not be as beneficial for animal and human health as people think, according to recently published research at Kansas State University. Here's why.

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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Reported in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has now been confirmed in Iowa, Kansas and Illinois.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Found in Commercial Chickens in Missouri

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Stoddard County, Mo.

Russian Invasion is Bad News for U.S. Meat Consumers, Steiner Says

Will the expected sanctions on Russia impact global meat trade and demand? Len Steiner of Steiner Consulting Group posed this question in the Feb. 24 Daily Livestock Report. 

Iowa State Forms Strategic Alliance with Merck Animal Health to Drive New Innovation

A new strategic alliance will bring together industry and academia to speed up the exchange of ideas and to booster innovative solutions to animal health challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

By Her Own Hand: A Farm Girl’s Miraculous Journey from Death to Hope

Maddison Caldwell woke up on Dec. 19, 2019, with a plan for the ultimate act of finality. Death by her own hand. Here's the miraculous story of her journey from death to hope.

Ordinary to Outrageous: Top 10 Agricultural Seizures of 2021

It’s no surprise pork products made the U.S. CBP's Top 10 Agriculture Seizures of 2021 list more than once. Protecting animal ag is a high priority, especially as deadly swine viruses like ASF move closer to the U.S.

APHIS Awards $16.3 Million in Farm Bill Funding to Protect Animal Health

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is awarding more than $16.3 million to 64 projects with states, universities and other partners to strengthen programs to protect animal health.

Hours of Service Waiver for Livestock Haulers is Extended Again

If you need to move cattle or feed during the next couple of months, this is particularly good news from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Animal Health Companies Target Ways to Lower Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a “One Health” challenge that requires effort across both human and animal health sectors. Animal health companies have invested billions as part of a strategy to reduce antibiotic use.

Smithfield Agrees to Implement Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. will assemble a team of company and third-party experts to develop an infectious disease preparedness plan that the company will implement at all of its processing facilities nationwide.

Alltech Unveils 2020 Sustainability Report

Agriculture has the greatest potential not only to meet the global demand but to positively impact the future of our planet, Alltech says. The company just released its 2020 Alltech Sustainability Report. 

Telemedicine and African Swine Fever: 5 Reasons to Take a Closer Look

The pandemic and the shortage of food animal veterinarians have catapulted the concept of telemedicine forward. As ASF inches closer to the U.S., experts say telemedicine could become even more useful. Here's why.

BREAKING: New Vaccine Candidate Blocks Spread of African Swine Fever Virus

A new African swine fever vaccine candidate has been shown to prevent and effectively protect both European and Asian bred swine against the current circulating Asian strain of the virus. 

Study Affirms U.S. Pork Industry’s Efforts to Keep ASF Out

The time you are most at risk for something is when you don't know it's a risk, says Patrick Webb, National Pork Board acting chief veterinarian. That's why a new study to identify biosecurity gaps is causing a stir.

USDA Announces $700 Million in Grants to Help Ag Workers Impacted by COVID-19

USDA Secretary Vilsack announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief grant program to help farm and food workers with pandemic costs. 

ASF Vaccines: Is the Waiting Game Almost Over?

Although there’s no licensed commercial vaccine for African swine fever available, experts say they are encouraged by the progress that’s been made in the last few years. Here's why.

When Your Plate Is Too Full: Delegate More to Stress Less

Think about the tasks and duties that fill your day. Do you continually put some off? Are there ones you just don’t like? If so, it’s time to delegate.

Feds Issue New Rules for Importing Dogs from ASF-Positive Countries

The number of dogs being imported into the U.S. for resale from countries affected by ASF is growing. Combine that with an increasing risk of foreign animal disease spread, and it’s a formula for potential disaster.

74-Year-Old Veterinarian Offers to Give Away his Practice to Attract Replacement

A rural veterinarian in Faribault County, Minn., is offering to give away his practice, clinic, pickup and even the vet clinic cat, in an effort to recruit his replacement.

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How Will the Economic Boom Impact U.S. Agricultural Businesses?

CoBank says challenges brought on by COVID-19 will speed up automation throughout many sectors of the supply chain. Here's a deeper look at the animal protein industries in CoBank's latest report.

Gene Editing: Experts Say it’s Time to Remodel Regulatory Landscape

In order for gene editing in agricultural animals to “unleash enormous gains in productivity,” a remodeling of the federal landscape is imperative, experts conclude.

Lawmakers Address Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Mike Crapo introduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas.

Air Pollution Study Contributes to False Animal Ag Narrative

A new study claims U.S. agriculture, in particular animal agriculture, is a major source of air pollution. NCBA's Ethan Lane says the misleading nature of this study contributes to the false narrative around animal ag.

Researchers Tackle Three Deadly Livestock Diseases

The Pirbright Institute is tackling three deadly livestock viruses: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and African swine fever virus in pigs and bovine respiratory syncytial virus in cattle.

When Stress Goes Beyond Normal 

It started with a broken baler. The farmer panicked. He had recently lost his brother to cancer and his father to old age. Not to mention he had 2,500 acres to farm, 250 beef cows to attend to and his crop just froze. 

Do Imported Rescue Dogs Pose Threat to Livestock Industry?

Each year, several thousand dogs enter the U.S. for resale or adoption. In a recent Hogs on the Hill article, NPPC chief veterinarian Liz Wagstrom wrote that it’s time to sound the alarm on importing rescue dogs.

Americans Love Meat: Purchases and Confidence Reach Record Highs

Americans are buying more beef, pork, poultry and lamb than ever. Pandemic purchases helped send meat grocery sales soaring by 20% from 2019 to 2020. Here's the latest from the newly released "Power of Meat" report.

The Surprising Truth: 4 Things You May Not Know About Reaching Goals

Why don't we finish goals? Jon Acuff, best-selling author and motivational speaker, says we often focus on the wrong thing when we talk about our goals. Here's what he says it takes to finish the goals that matter.

4 Things Animal Ag Can Learn from the Human Response to COVID-19

When COVID-19 struck, veterinarians engaged in critical conversations with human doctors about herd immunity. Almost a year later, National Pork Board's Dave Pyburn shares what he's learned from the human response. 

Is the Livestock Industry Prepared for a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak?

FADs are a constant threat to the livestock industry. The country is more tuned in to this struggle than ever before with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. National Pork Board's Dave Pyburn and NCBA's Ethan Lane discuss why.

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Vilsack Weighs In On Parallel Between COVID-19 and Animal Disease Outbreaks

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the country anything, it’s that there is a tremendous amount of synergy between the circumstances of a pandemic involving humans and those involving animals. 

8 Things To Know About The COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination will play an important role in addressing the pandemic.

Stress Prevention and Treatment: It’s Not Just for Cows

It’s time to give a toss to the mental ‘rocks’ you’re likely carrying around with you.

"Chick" or Treat: Costumes Inspired by the Barnyard

Thanks to our readers, here's a slide show of farm-themed Halloween costumes for everyone to enjoy. Stay tuned to the end for a do-it-yourself costume that's sure to turn heads.

Elanco Animal Health Unveils Sustainability Commitments

Two years after becoming an independent company, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated unveiled its first sustainability commitments on Tuesday.