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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.

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.

DVM Named Undersecretary For Food Safety 

The U.S. Senate confirmed Jose Emilio Esteban, a veterinarian, as undersecretary for food safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in December.

Micotil® Gets New Safety Packaging

The label change accommodates a change in packaging for the injectable cattle drug, which was designed to prevent accidental injection by human handlers, and promote human safety.

Kevin McCarthy Finally Won the House Speaker Gavel, Now What?

After four days and 15 rounds of voting, McCarthy’s wait to become Speaker of the House has ended. During his first year as Speaker, he will need to raise the debt limit and fund the government.

AAVMC and Merck Award Close to $100,000 in Diversity Scholarships

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has awarded nineteen scholarships to students enrolled in AAVMC member institutions, totaling close to $100,000.

Senators Propose Eliminating Tax Liability for IRA Assistance for Distressed Farmers

The Family Farmer and Rancher Tax Fairness Act would remove the tax liability for distressed farmers for the assistance provided in Sections 22006 and 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Time to Break Out the Calf Jackets

Because newborn calves have very little body fat to help them stay warm, calf jackets can help them preserve energy, protect immunity and improve daily gain.

Sustainability is not Going Away. What are You Going to do With It?

Check out the "Easy Button" offered by the USRSB for starters. It's a quick self-assessment tool, with options for cow/calf and feedyard operations. You're probably already using some of the recommended practices.

Activist Threats Aren’t Just on the Farm Anymore

Grocery stores have become a battleground for extremists pressuring retailers to remove meat, milk, poultry and eggs from shelves. Recent trends have shown an uptick in store protests, demonstrations and food tampering.

“Not One More Vet” Supports Veterinary Mental Health

Veterinarians and their staffs have a higher suicide rate than the general population. “Not One More Vet” is an organization dedicated to reversing that disturbing statistic.

Easier Said ... But It Must Be Done

If we, who believe animal-derived proteins are good for people, do not share animal agriculture’s story, those who wish to diminish or eliminate animal agriculture from the food system will lead the conversation.

Make the Right Moves to Minimize Injury Risks 

Proper body mechanics are important to helping bovine veterinarians minimize injuries on the job. Here are six ways to minimize physical wear and tear as you go about your work.

Beat the Summer Heat

As outdoor temperatures increase, so does the possibility of heat stress or even heat stroke. But there are ways to avoid getting “overheated” this summer, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

Farm Journal and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture Team Up to Help Animal Ag Share Its Story

Consumers are interested in how animal agriculture affects health and wellness, environmental stewardship, animal welfare and worker safety. Now is the time for a more robust and meaningful conversation.

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.

How to Calculate Your Personal Inflation Rate

See how rising costs impact you and your family.

The Gift My Late Mother Gave Me

The power of a mother is enormous. A mom is more than a chauffeur, a cook or someone who does the laundry. A mom shapes self-esteem and responsibility in her children and makes endless sacrifices to empower her children.

The Story of Old Ben: The Biggest Beef Ever

Beef producers are always looking for an efficient steer to feed. Perhaps none was better than a calf raised near Kokomo, Ind. 

Over-The-Counter Access to Antibiotics is Going Away

Access to livestock drugs through over-the-counter (OTC) channels was curbed considerably starting in 2017. Soon, OTC antibiotics may no longer be available through traditional channels at all.

How Does Iowa State Research on Swine Sire Fertility Impact Cattle, Humans?

By adding one more pig to a litter, the U.S. pork industry could increase production by an estimated $120 million annually. To do that, Karl Kerns says we need to learn what influences the capacity of sperm to fertilize.

Is Pinkeye Afflicting Your Client’s Bottom Line?

Let’s get right to it. According to Merck Animal Health research conducted in 2021 by Farm Journal, 73% of beef producers who vaccinated against pinkeye reported a positive return on investment (ROI).

Implement a Pinkeye Plan

It’s never too early, and certainly not too late, to develop a plan to address bovine pinkeye. But where do you start?

Pinkeye Vaccine – Commercial, Autogenous or Both?

Bovine pinkeye. It seems to happen every summer. Even though it may look the same in different animals, potential causes and opinions on what vaccines are most effective vary.

Oil Pumps
BREAKING: U.S. To Ban Russian Oil Imports

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) - Biden: US ban on Russian oil a 'powerful blow' to 'Putin's war,' warns Americans 'defending freedom is going to cost.'

Cornett: 'What Does the End of Beef Mean for Our Sense of Self?'

While we were busy exploring whether the government should make laws mandating how cattle are marketed, The New York Times has been writing beef's eulogy. Indeed, "beef is the Kiev of foods, besieged on all fronts."

Begin Planning Drought Management Strategies

With the low amount of moisture that ranchers have received over the winter, the experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute said now is the time to think about management strategies for a drought.

Pinkeye Prevention Preferred

An little protection can outweigh a lot of cure

Surface Cleaners and Disinfectants

Thanks to the Beef Quality Assurance National Manual, here is a handy chart you can use the next time you need options and a quick reference on various compounds for disinfecting purposes.

The 3 Keys To Manage Pinkeye

Leaving out just 1 of these prevention measures can be costly.

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.

A Healthy Herd Equals a Healthy Bottom Line: The experts weigh in

Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), also known as pinkeye, is a complicated and costly disease for beef and dairy producers

Come On In: The Ocean Temperatures Are Hot

Last year was hot. It was so hot, 2021 now holds the record for the hottest ocean temperatures ever.

Colorado's Kessler Out At State Vet Board After Calling Ranchers 'Lazy'

Ellen Kessler proved a lightning rod on Colorado’s Board of Veterinary Medicine from the moment she was appointed by Gov. Polis in 2020. Her service came to an end last week after an "unprofessional" social media post.

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Fauci on COVID Pandemic — "It Will End"

Rural communities are likely to see an outbreak of the COVID-19 variant omicron later than big cities but Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci says the pandemic will eventually end.

From the Flames: A Lesson in Thanksgiving from a Man Who Survived a Raging Oklahoma Wildfire

When nearly 300,000 Oklahoma acres burned in April of 2018, Terry Burleson found himself caught in the wind-driven flames. His escape is nothing short of a miracle.

Here’s What You Need to Document on Drug Treatment Records

If you or an employee treats an animal with a drug, it’s important to keep adequate and updated treatment records.

Non-Profit Focuses On Mental Health Needs Across Rural America

Addressing mental health is a significant challenge in rural America due to unique barriers. Rural Minds™ provides education and resources to confront the stigma of mental illness.

Advanced Animal Diagnotics: Live From NCBA

Advanced Animal Diagnostics’ QScout® BLD is a rapid, on-farm diagnostics tool providing livestock producers with the information they need to make informed management and treatment decisions.

Field of Art: An Ohio Farmer's Life-Size Tribute to 9/11 is Planting Seeds of Unity for 20th Anniversary

From an American flag one year to a POW tribute the next, Wilber Meyer's field artwork has grown. And for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this year's tribute is by far the biggest, extending beyond the Ohio farm field.

How to change the face of agriculture

It’s no wonder Michael Smith wasn’t comfortable with pursuing a career in agriculture when he started college at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

California Launches Team to Provide Aid to Livestock and Domestic Animals During Emergencies

The California Veterinary Emergency Team will be overseen by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and will support and train a network of government agencies and organizations to aid animals during emergencies.

Make Sure You Have The Right Tools For The Job

The right tools can make quick work of a routine necropsy. The opposite is true as well.

Feedlot Cattle Growth Research Review

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Revalor®-S. Hear Dr. Marshall Streeter and Dr. Wade Nichols of the Merck Animal Health nutritionist team speak during this 1-hour webinar.

'We've Struck a Deal': Biden Announces Agreement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Spending Plan

After months of negotiations, President Biden and announced Thursday a deal was reached on an infrastructure spending plan. The news came after a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators Thursday.

Don’t Lose Another Cow to Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome

A highly fatal intestinal disease of adult cows, Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome (HBS), draws concerns from dairy producers, veterinarians and nutritionists, as it is also known as the sudden death disease of dairy cattle.

Cargill Joins U.S. CattleTrace to Support Development of National Disease Traceability System

Cargill is the second beef processor to invest in the effort formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organizations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. 

The Road to Becoming a Better Manager

While the road to becoming a better manager isn’t any easy one, there are a few steps you can take to not only improve your work performance, but your team’s performance as well.

Celebrate the Grit and Grace of America’s Farmers

Need a little inspiration? From facing an F-5 tornado to battling cancer and beyond, these producers share stories of how they’ve overcome big challenges with grit and grace.

Biden Administration: Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Need Masks

The CDC recently announced new protocols for fully vaccinated people. Chip Flory discusses these new measures Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team.