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Orffa to strengthen its position in China

During the CPHI in Shanghai, feed additives company Orffa signed a strategic agreement with AP&C Industry Ltd. (AP&C) to strengthen its position as a global supplier of feed additives.

Early life factors important for broilers

Broilers are better protected against a non-infectious lung challenge when the feed, water and housing was optimum during the early life of the animals. This was concluded by researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands...

Environmental laws pressurise Chinese pig industry

China’s total number of pigs offered for slaughter at commercial slaughterhouses in June dropped by 6.2% compared to one month earlier. In comparison to one year before, the decline is even 14.8%. The drop is related to stricter environmental laws in the country.

Insulin resistance in horses differs per breed

Despite decades of research, it’s not clear why some horses develop insulin resistance while others that are fed and managed identically stay healthy. A group of Australian researchers found out that this form of resistance may have a hereditary factor.

Double L adds new size insulated shutter for pig farms

US-based climate control company Double L has added a larger size insulated shutter which fits fans sized 50-51 inch, for application in livestock farms.

USDA measures feral swine impact on US farms

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a survey of US crop producers to measure the impact that feral swine have on their crops and livestock.

Land O’Lakes invests further in calf nutrition

Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products recently completed construction on a state-of-the art research facility outside St. Louis, Mo.

Ag Media Summit Starts with Board Mtgs.

Board meetings are done at the Ag Media Summit. This morning the boards of the American Agricultural Editors Association and the Livestock Publications Council met to conduct business. These volunteers spent hours making sure that all the i’s were dotted and the t’s crossed. Show More Summary

Strong Longstanding Partnership with USDA Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project have had a fruitful, win-win partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for many years.   The very first federal grant REAP received to begin our Hispanic Business Center work was a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in 2004. Show More Summary

New Baling Capabilities from New Holland

New Holland has added capabilities to its line of BigBalers and Curt Hoffman took to the field to tell us about them. One big new feature is ISOBUS III compatibility. What does this mean? It means that the balers now feature the IntelliCruise™ feed rate control system on the Standard and CropCutter™ BigBaler 1270 and BigBaler 1290 large square balers.... Read More

FAO calls for $20 million to prevent spread of AI in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) calls for $20 million to prevent the spread of avian influenza in West Africa. The call follows outbreaks of the virus in poultry farms, markets and family holdings in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Canadian produce groups applaud commitment for payment protection

Canadian produce groups expressed support for a commitment by New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair to give payment protection to produce growers and sellers in Canada.

California ports call for support

California ports need state investments in infrastructure to maintain an upper hand in competing for the state’s containerized cargo volume.

Ag Media and Friends About To Get Together

As the Youngbloods used to sing: Come on people now Smile on your brother Everybody get together Try to love one another Right now Right now, as in the 2015 Agricultural Media Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s already happening for the early young bloods. The conference officially kicks off on Sunday but I’ll be traveling there tomorrow. Cindy and summer... Read More

School Greenhouses Poised to Deliver Tasty and Lasting Changes

Planning is underway for two schools chosen to participate in our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs program. Congratulations to East Butler Public Schools and York Public Schools! East Butler and York will bring the farm to school during the 2015-2016 year. Show More Summary

No relief in sight for parched West. Ag Minute for July 24, 2015

The West is experiencing low stream flows but the summer dry season is far from over, so drought conditions are expected to become more severe. Click here for full story.

Locus Traxx promotes director of accounting

Jupiter, Fla.-based Locus Traxx Worldwide has promoted Lorraine Woods to vice president of finance, accounting and human resources.

Bulb onion prices have risen rapidly since winter. Ag Minute for July 23, 2015

After falling to break-even levels this winter, onion prices have increased sharply. Click here for full story.

Young Horticultuist of the Year visits Guimarra

New Zealand native and Young Horticulturist of the Year, Patrick Malley, recently went on an agricultural tour of California, visiting avocado, berry, kiwifruit and stone fruit operations throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

Zimfo Bytes

Kimberly Atkins, a longtime staffer and current director of global programs for the U.S. Grains Council, will be the next vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of the organization. In a major expansion of its international alcohol division, Alltech, has acquired a craft brewery in Northern Ireland and also one in mainland United Kingdom. Show More Summary

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