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National Pork Board helps fund new swine health centre

The National Pork Board’s board of directors announced during its November meeting that it has approved the funding of a national Swine Health Information Center. The centre would help prepare the industry for future swine disease threats. According to Dr. Paul Sundberg, vice president of science an...

Latest book on gestating and lactating sows published

A new book has recently been published by Wageningen Academic Publishers on gestating and lactating sows, which brings us up to date in current knowledge. The last book on this topic was published 15 years ago. The book covers new and important topics such as conditioning of gilts for optimal reprod...

Grape seed supplementation for dairy sheep

Can grape seed supplementation have a beneficial effect in dairy sheep? Researchers from the University of Sassari in Italy delved into this hypothesis.

Strain specificity important for developing new probiotics

Different strains from the same bacteria species can show different probiotic effects in an animal, work from Dr Steven Frese at the University of Nebraska has shown.

Avivagen announce results from independent study

Avivagen has recently announced preliminary results of independently conducted studies of the livestock utility of OxC-beta, a new natural alternative to the use of antibiotics in swine feed. Results showed an improvement in average daily gain and a better feed conversion ratio. The discovery that t...

Condensed tannins against Ascaris suum in pigs

Tannins can have potent, direct anthelmintic effects against nematode parasites in pigs, a joined research team from the University of Copenhagen en the University of Reading showed. Ascaris suum is one of the most prevalent nematode parasites in pigs and causes significant economic losses, and also...

Immigration; Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Tax Extenders; and, Regulations- Tuesday

Immigration Brian Knowlton reported earlier this week at The New York Times Online that, “President Obama, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, said he rejects Republican criticism that he has exceeded his authority in moving to spare millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, adding that he has been ‘very restrained’ in his use of executive authority. […]

MHP boosts production but posts losses

Depreciation of the Hryvnia has led to Ukraine’s largest poultry producer, MHP, reporting a loss of revenue in its operational figures from January-September this year. The company has faced US$302 million of net loss against US$150 million of net profit during the first nine months of 2013. Op...

Zoetis reintroduces anticoccidial for US poultry market

Animal health company, Zoetis has announced the reintroduction in the US of Zoamix (zoalene), a versatile synthetic anticoccidial for the prevention and control of coccidiosis in broilers and turkeys. "The US poultry industry loses an estimated $600 million a year to coccidiosis, so the return of Z...

UK: M&S tackles Campylobacter in poultry supply chain

UK retailer, Marks & Spencer (M&S) had announced details of its five point action plan to tackle the industry-wide challenge of reducing levels of Campylobacter in whole chickens. The M&S five point action plan has been implemented with 2 Sisters Food Group (M&S' biggest supplier of whole chickens)...

Asia, South America key for PNW soft white wheat exports - AgMinute for November 18, 2014

Growth in Pacific Northwest wheat export markets will come with patience, an analyst tells producers at annual convention. Click here for the full story

Economist: Dairy prices headed correction in 2015 - AgMinute for November 17, 2014

A dairy economist told Idaho milk producers to brace for lower prices next year and she said that prices for class III milk, which is used to produce cheese, could fall to about $15.50 per hundredweight in May before starting to rebound. Click here for the full story

Idaho zebra chip trials inconclusive - AgMinute for November 14, 2014

For a second consecutive year, Idaho research to develop chemical program recommendations for zebra chip has yielded inconclusive results. Click here for the full story

Avocados from Mexico promotions roll on

Retailers have ordered more than 9,000 co-branded display bins in the Avocados from Mexico promotion, “Hungry for Football,” that began in September and runs through Dec. 15.

Yerecic Label awarded for innovation

Art Yerecic, Yerecic Label president, recently received the Converter of the Year award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute during the group’s annual meeting.

Giving Thanks for Unexpected Things

By John Crabtree on November 24, 2014 - 12:00am Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should...Show More Summary

United Fresh names senior marketer

Mary Coppola has been named senior director of marketing communications for Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.

USDA lifts PACA sanctions on KSP Enterprise

KSP Enterprise Inc. has satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

Zimfo Bytes

Nominate the cream of the crop by January 16, 2015 – Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year. Registration is now open for the U.S. Grains Council’s 12th International Marketing Conference and 55th Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for Feb. 9 to 11, 2015, in Heredia, Costa Rica. The 31st class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders began... Read More


If you’re looking for a great movie to watch with the family over Thanksgiving – here is just the ticket. The feature film Farmland is now available for rent and purchase via On Demand platforms – providing more people with the opportunity to view the film from their own homes and digital devices. The film’s move to digital platforms takes... Read More

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