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Top Rated Ag Universities

We all have our favorite ag schools (Go Gators!) but if you want a non-biased source for the top rated universities in any subject, the definitive source is the QS World University Rankings. First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 3,000 institutions, and ranks more than 800. Show More Summary

#RealPigFarming Campaign Nominated for PR Oscar

A program that features real pork producers telling their stories has been nominated for an Oscar of public relations award. The National Pork Board’s #RealPigFarming campaign, developed by Des Moines, Iowa-based PR firm Lessing-Flynn, is a finalist in the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Silver Anvil awards competition. Show More Summary

Industry Pleased with White House Pollinator Plan

Last June, President Obama called for an interagency Task Force to create a Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Tuesday, the Task Force released its strategy, under the joint leadership of EPA and USDA. Industry reaction to the plan, which outlines actions to be taken by more than a dozen other federal agencies and departments,... Read More

MSD Zuprevo now for piglets of all ages

MSD Animal Health announced the expansion of the Zuprevo (tildipirosin) label following approval from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of the European Medicines. It is now indicated for use in piglets of all ages.

How to optimise dairy replacement?

It starts with the calves; it always has. But we seem to be lacking in raising those calves to become excellent replacement heifers. This is what Professor Jud Heinrichs told the crowd at the 31st Alltech annual symposium, currently held in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cherkizovo to increase its poultry export

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo plans to increase its poultry exports in order to benefit from the weaker ruble as domestic prices are affected by decreasing consumption, reports the Moscow Times.

New outbreak of ASF in Ukraine

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been reported in Kiev Oblast in Ukraine on May 8, according to a recent report by Russian veterinary body Rosselhoznadzor, which refers to data provided by Ukrainian veterinarians.

CDC reports decrease in key foodborne pathogens

Data released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US show progress was made in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014.

Potential of short chain fatty acids for animal diets

As science starts to unravel the whole story behind short chain fatty acids, it’s becoming clear that fatty acid metabolism is complex and the effects can be far reaching. But what are SCFAs, and what are the potentials they have in animal diets?

Dr. Hans H. Stein wins DSM Award

Royal DSM announced the winner of the DSM Nutritional Sciences Award 2015. Professor Dr. Hans H. Stein, from the University of Illinois (USA), has received the award in recognition of his 'outstanding research in swine nutrition, specifically helping to optimize the digestibility of nutrients contributing to sustainable food production.'

Fish and animal feed made from wastewater

Nutrinsic announces the Grand Opening of their sustainable protein production facility co-located at MillerCoors LLC at their brewery's Water Reclamation Facility in Trenton, Ohio. The facility has a nameplate capacity of 5,000 tons per year of ProFloc, a high quality, protein ingredient for use in fish and animal nutrition.

Mocking Congress

Very large farms use loopholes to exploit farm program payment limits and make a mockery of congressional intent. A draft rule issued by USDA aims to define what it means to be ‘actively engaged’ in farming. But the rule misses the mark. Show More Summary

It’s Time to Reform Crop Insurance

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate...Show More Summary

ASF leads Russia to refuse Belarusian feed additives

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has sent 20 tonnes of feed additives back to Belarus, after traces of meat and bone meal were found in it, which increases the risk of spreading African Swine Fever (ASF).

Alltech Medal of Excellence for Gen. Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed a packed audience Monday in Rupp Arena in Lexington at the opening session of the Alltech REBELation, an international conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas that continues until Wednesday. The four-star general was given the Alltech Medal of Excellence award.

Unfair Treatment of Contract Chicken Farmers Ruffles John Oliver's Feathers

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens (HBO) John Oliver recently explained how chicken farmers are treated unfairly by large corporations on his program Last Week Tonight. His segment is funny and heartbreakingly true (but let us warn you about the colorful language). Oliver reports what we already knew: Americans love the taste of chicken. Show More Summary

WTO rules against country of origin labels on meat - AgMinute for May 19, 2015

The ruling is a victory for the U.S. meat industry, which has said the labels are burdensome and challenged them in court. Click here for the full story

The Changing Face of Media

One of the primary seminar tracks here at the Alltech REBELation is titled, “Marketing for Business Growth.” In this track I was a panelist yesterday to talk about The Changing Face of Media. With me were moderator, Frank Mulrennan,Show More Summary

Kentucky Night of Fun

After yesterday afternoon’s Alltech REBELation sessions it was time to relax and have a little fun. That fun included good food, beverage, music and dancing in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Many delegations from countries represented here got together on what they were wearing and for photos like this one of the Brazil folks. Jamie and I... Read More

Texas legislature approves grant program to speed border crossings

The Texas legislature has passed a bill that will award grants to nonprofit groups with a goal of reducing border wait times for fresh produce and other perishables from Mexico.

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