United States Farming & Agriculture
OSU lands $50 million commitment from dermatologist for veterinary medicine program
VLS' Farmers Market Legal Toolkit provides free resources
Wisconsin officials push for broader dairy farm safety net
Goat farmers lament small market
Dairy company recalls products over allergy concerns
Farm show tradition spans 3 generations for one family
Bird flu detected in wild birds in Warwickshire
2018-01-19 12:33:10 Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Warwickshire. This is the second confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, following the finding in Dorset earlier this month (January 2018). Tests have shown both cases are closely related to the H6N6 strain circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the H5N6 strain which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low   Read More ...
Merck Animal Health receives FDA approval for expanded use of Safe-Guard® AquaSol in poultry
2018-01-19 12:33:01 Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced that Safe-Guard® AquaSol (fenbendazole oral suspension), the company’s highly effective dewormer, is now approved for use in laying hens and replacement chickens intended to become laying hens. Safe-Guard AquaSol is indicated for the treatment and control of adult Ascaridia galli and Heterakis gallinarum. Safe-Guard AquaSol was initially approved in October 2015 for the treatment and control of adult A   Read More ...
BVA and BVPA respond to new bird flu prevention zone announcement
2018-01-19 12:32:58 The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today (18 January) declared a bird flu prevention zone across the whole of England, requiring all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. The decision comes after 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire. Last week 17 wild birds were tested positive in Dorset and 31 infected birds have now been identified at the Dorset site   Read More ...
Wilmington residents can have farm animals as emotional support animals in their homes
2018-01-19 07:14:00 Chickens, pigs and even oxen are now allowed, with a state certification, to be a Wilmingtonian's emotional support animal--so long as they stay inside the home. Councilmen Nnamdi Chukwucha presented the proposal to council, and on its third reading and after some back-and-forth debate, it's now become a city law. The controversial measure passed in a vote 9-3, with 1 absent   Read More ...
EU cereal crops in good shape after mild, wet weather - analyst
2018-01-19 06:29:09 PARIS (Reuters) - Cereal crops in the European Union are in decent condition after mild temperatures and abundant rainfall so far this winter, analyst firm Strategie Grains said on Thursday. The rain has boosted groundwater reserves - an important factor for crop development during spring and summer - including in Spain where water reserves had been partially replenished after drought last year, it said in a monthly report   Read More ...
20 farm animals without food or adequate living conditions rescued in Ypsilanti Township
2018-01-19 05:34:57 YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Twenty animals living in squalor in Ypsilanti Township were rescued Jan. 3 by the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Twelve hens, two roosters, four ducks and two goats were saved. According to HSHV there were at least five dead chickens at the property, and many of the live animals were in a filthy shack. The others were in a small, makeshift A-frame   Read More ...
Farmers Union urges restoration of organic livestock welfare standard
2018-01-18 12:19:07 NFU board says consistency issues threaten viability of organic family farmers. WASHINGTON – While bad actors in private industry pose consistent threats to the integrity of the organic food label, the federal government should not. Yet a recent decision by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule does just that, and it should be reversed immediately, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)   Read More ...
Free nitrate tests meet farmer resistance in Brown County
2018-01-18 05:31:00 A program that would have offered free nitrate tests for homeowners with private wells has run into a roadblock in south central Minnesota. Brown County recently became the first Minnesota county not to accept the Department of Agriculture program after citizens voiced concerns that the data could be used to target farmers for additional regulations. The department launched the program in 2013 as a way to provide homeowners free information about their drinking water and to gather data about the condition of Minnesota's groundwater   Read More ...
Engaged Farmers Are More Likely To Adopt Conservation Practices
2018-01-18 02:13:52 For nearly five years now, Iowa has been operating under the Nutrient Reduction Strategy. That has a goal of reducing non-point source pollution, particularly on farms, in nitrogen by 41 percent and phosphorus by 29 percent. Since the strategy began, there has been a 25 percent increase in no-till and nitrogen stabilizer use and a 20 percent increase in the use of cover crops according to Iowa State University   Read More ...
OSU lands $50 million commitment from dermatologist for veterinary medicine program
2018-01-18 01:37:05 Oregon State University said Wednesday it has a $50 million commitment, the largest in the school's 150-year history, for the school's veterinary medicine college. The university said the gift from Dr. Gary Carlson, a Southern California dermatologist who graduated from the Corvallis school in 1974, will allow it to double the size of its animal hospital and recruit and keep high-level faculty in the animal medicine field   Read More ...
On-farm traying: a smart idea?
2018-01-18 00:25:22 On breeder farms eggs are traditionally collected in paper or plastic trays that each hold 30 eggs. Typically, these are stacked six-high and transported to the hatchery in boxes, crates, trolleys or on pallets. Before incubation, hatchery staff have to transfer the trayed eggs to setter trays, either manually or (semi)-automatically. So far, each hatching egg has already been handled at least twice before incubation begins - and each time with the risk of causing hairline cracks and contamination that will ultimately undermine hatch results   Read More ...
Are You a Farmer Who Employs Foreign Workers? We’d Like to Hear From You
2018-01-18 00:08:52 The Reader Center is one way we in the newsroom are trying to connect with you, by highlighting your perspectives and experiences and offering insight into how we work. Federal immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country last week. The sweeps frightened workers and business owners nationwide and in other industries and sectors of the American economy   Read More ...
VLS' Farmers Market Legal Toolkit provides free resources
2018-01-17 12:41:01 “The Farmers Market Coalition and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont were ideal partners for this project because they work every day with markets and understand their practical needs,” said VLS Assistant Professor Emily Spiegel, a CAFS project team member. “Vermont Law School students worked closely with them to ensure that the toolkit was tailored toward the most relevant legal issues facing market leaders   Read More ...
Expanding employment opportunities for young Canadians in agriculture
2018-01-17 12:37:55 Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain their farms from one generation to the next. The Government of Canada is making strategic investments to help farmers and young Canadians adopt innovative practices and develop skills for a cleaner more prosperous Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today that the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative is now taking applications for 2018   Read More ...
You can go on a whole goat yoga vacation in Oregon this summer
2018-01-17 05:00:35 Do you love farm animals? Do you like your vacations to be at least vaguely healthy? Have you always wanted to explore the bucolic wonder of the central Willamette Valley? If that's you, well, great news! Goat yoga founder Lainey Morse is about to launch what she is calling "the first ever goat vacation retreat center" in Corvallis. And it's going to be called "The Goatel   Read More ...
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) develops new online guide for humane killing during disease control
2018-01-16 12:17:44 As part of its strategy to promote the highest standards of welfare worldwide for food animals, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced a new online guide which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations. As part of its strategy to promote the highest standards of welfare worldwide for food animals, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced a new online guide which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations   Read More ...
Wisconsin officials push for broader dairy farm safety net
2018-01-16 10:05:05 WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Will Congress consider more help for milk farmers?Wisconsin’s federal officials are hoping that happens, but some are soured on help for the dairy industry. Data from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture shows the state lost about 500 dairy farms in 2017, a trend over the last decade. However, milk production has not dropped off. Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president of the National Milk Producers Association, said, “Dairy farmers do not have a viable safety net   Read More ...
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health looks to the future with appointment of David Strachan as head of Avian and Swine
2018-01-16 00:22:11 David Strachan has been appointed head of the avian and swine business unit following Boehringer Ingelheim’s acquisition of Merial Animal Health. Dr Strachan has worked for Boehringer Ingelheim’s swine division for the past eleven years, spending the last seven as the head of business unit. He specialised in the swine sector with a main interest in infectious disease surveillance and control, areas key to both the swine and avian sectors   Read More ...
Nutriad publishes maze mycotoxin survey Poland
2018-01-16 00:22:00 Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of moulds that have adverse effects on humans, animals, and crops that result in illnesses and economic losses. The worldwide contamination of foods and feeds with mycotoxins is a significant problem. Aflatoxins, ochratoxins, trichothecenes, zearalenone, fumonisins, tremorgenic toxins, and ergot alkaloids are the mycotoxins of greatest agro-economic importance. Some molds can produce more than one mycotoxin and some mycotoxins are produced by more than one fungal species   Read More ...
Miller Poultry contracts NatureForm for new SmartPro™ NF hatchery renovation in Indiana
2018-01-16 00:21:55 Miller Poultry, a producer of Amish-grown, antibiotic free poultry, has commissioned a complete renovation of its broiler hatchery in Goshen, Indiana with SmartPro™ NF single stage incubation. The refurbished hatchery will be equipped with 27 technologically advanced SmartPro™ NF setters, accompanying hatchers and supporting ventilation, for a weekly setting capacity of approximately 1.1 million eggs. SmartPro™ NF single stage incubation allows for precise, zonal temperature control, which delivers a higher hatch of fertiles and superior chick uniformity   Read More ...
Politics session divides predictions for farming futures post-Brexit
2018-01-16 00:21:50 Secretary of state for Defra, the Right Honourable Michael Gove, makes promises for a greener, technology-inspired, welfare-friendly future for British farming, with the assurance that post-Brexit policy will allow farmers to achieve this. Speaking at both the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) this year, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, laid out his plans for a brighter future for British farming   Read More ...
ND to appeal ruling on farm equipment dealer law
2018-01-15 21:31:21 BISMARCK—The state of North Dakota will appeal a federal judge's recent ruling preventing it from implementing a new law that supporters dubbed a "farm equipment dealer bill of rights."   Read More ...
ND to appeal ruling on farm equipment dealer law
2018-01-15 21:31:14 BISMARCK—The state of North Dakota will appeal a federal judge's recent ruling preventing it from implementing a new law that supporters dubbed a "farm equipment dealer bill of rights."   Read More ...
Giles County train derailment: Four cars involved, small amount of soybean oil spilled, spokeswoman says
2018-01-15 19:42:36 A train derailed in Eggleston Monday morning. Only four cars derailed, not eight as previously reported, this morning in Giles County, a Norfolk Southern spokeswoman reported at midday. No one was injured and only about 10 gallons of soybean oil were released from the mostly empty train, Susan Terpay, Norfolk Southern’s director of public relations, said in a news release. The cause of the derailment is still being investigated   Read More ...
Wisconsin corn, soybean crops down, potato crop up in 2017
2018-01-15 18:05:25 MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin farmers produced smaller corn and soybean crops last year than in 2016, while potato production was up slightly. The Agriculture Department reports that the state's soybean production was down 6 percent and grain corn production was down 11 percent. Alfalfa hay production was down 19 percent. Potato production was up 5 percent, corn for silage production was up slightly and other hay production was up 24 percent   Read More ...
Latest South Dakota crop report shows impact of drought
2018-01-15 17:10:51 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in South Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 6 percent from the previous year, oil sunflowers down 8 percent, corn down 11 percent, safflower down 22 percent, alfalfa hay down 23 percent, sorghum for grain down 27 percent, proso millet down 36 percent and flaxseed down 55 percent   Read More ...
Minnesota farmers produce record sugar beet crop in 2017
2018-01-15 16:36:59 MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota farmers produced slightly smaller corn and soybean crops last year than in 2016, but they produced a record sugar beet crop. The Agriculture Department reports Minnesota's sugar beet crop at 12.5 million tons, up slightly from the previous record in 2016. Farmers harvested fewer acres but had a record average yield. Soybean production in the state was down 2 percent and grain corn production was down 4 percent   Read More ...
Giant chocolate chip cookies and the lessons kids learn on the farm
2018-01-15 16:03:30 There's no doubt that kids who are raised on a ranch or a farm with livestock have a unique upbringing. From the accidental use of colorful language in preschool to an early education of "the birds and the bees," livestock kids have many things in common.   Read More ...
Giant chocolate chip cookies and the lessons kids learn on the farm
2018-01-15 16:03:20 There's no doubt that kids who are raised on a ranch or a farm with livestock have a unique upbringing. From the accidental use of colorful language in preschool to an early education of "the birds and the bees," livestock kids have many things in common.   Read More ...
Returning home, young ND farmer branches out as family begins planning for farm transfer
2018-01-15 14:31:24 "It's his Viking blood (that prompted David's travels)," Nathan says with a smile. David (pronounced duh-VEED) smiles, too, and says, "I enjoyed my time away. In a parallel world, I might still be working overseas now. But coming back — being the fifth generation of my family in agriculture and carrying on, or trying to carry on the tradition — seemed the right thing to do   Read More ...
Bird Flu detected in wild birds in Dorset
2018-01-15 12:15:46 Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset. It is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter, and tests have shown it is closely related to the H5N6 strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months. This is different to the H5N6 strain which affected people in China last year and Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low   Read More ...
What's ahead for farmers, ranchers in new tax bill
2018-01-13 14:31:28 MINOT, N.D.—North Dakota's farm organization leaders offer differing viewpoints on what's ahead for farmers and ranchers in the tax bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last month.   Read More ...
What's ahead for farmers, ranchers in new tax bill
2018-01-13 14:31:15 Daryl Lies, who farms at Douglas and leads the North Dakota Farm Bureau, an organization with 27,000 member families, attended the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention this month held in Nashville, Ten. President Donald Trump spoke to the group Monday, Jan 8, about the tax reform package signed into law Dec. 22. Lies said there were several highlights of Trump's speech, including: • Doubling of the threshold for the estate tax   Read More ...
Lake trustee of McM farm denies fraud, says banker BMO was informed
2018-01-13 13:02:05 FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The trustee for a lake home in Minnesota involved in the McM Inc. farm bankruptcy case has denied any fraud and said the trust should not have to cough up money for creditors of the bankrupt farm.   Read More ...
The Minister for Agriculture and Food visits the Ceva Santé Animale plant in China
2018-01-13 12:29:28 On the occasion of Emmanuel Macron’s official visit to China, Marc Prikazsky, Chairman of Ceva Santé Animale, yesterday received Stéphane Travert, French Minister for Agriculture and Food, and his delegation to present the Beijing factory of France’s N°1 veterinary pharmaceutical company. The site manufactures poultry vaccines* and employs 140 people. Ceva Santé Animale employs 500 people in its establishments in China, where it has been present since 2002   Read More ...
Minnesota couple starts mushroom farm
2018-01-13 07:36:25 LEROY, Minn. — A southeastern Minnesota couple's passion for mushrooms may bring them out of the woods and into the region's food markets. Kalvin Stern and Rachel Davis, founders and owners of the Fiddlehead Knob mushroom farm in rural LeRoy, always dreamed of venturing into growing their own produce for direct sale. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stern, from LeRoy, and Davis, from Ostrander, moved to Boone, N   Read More ...
Capitol Chatter: Minnesota should have say in farm bill
2018-01-13 06:31:34 All Minnesotans on the committees are Democrats, in a Congress controlled by Republicans. However, agriculture policy, including the farm bill, usually is decided on a bipartisan basis. Minnesota congressmen Tim Walz, Rick Nolan and Peterson are on the committee. They represent the most rural parts of the state. While both senators from North Dakota and Iowa sit on the Senate panel, the House panel has fewer members from the region   Read More ...
Goat farmers lament small market
2018-01-13 06:27:08 HARRISBURG — While goat milk hasn’t gone mainstream, it’s getting closer, several dairy goat owners said Thursday at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show. “The market for goat milk is strong,” Helen Snyder, Farm Show Dairy Goat superintendent, said during junior dairy goat showmanship judging on the Farm Show’s sixth day. The Farm Show runs through 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free but parking is $15 a vehicle   Read More ...
Lake trustee of McM farm denies fraud, says banker BMO was informed
2018-01-13 06:05:03 McM — a large farm based at St. Thomas, N.D. — filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Feb. 10, 2017. The McM trustee alleged a transfer of a lake place in 2015 was improper and that value should be returned to McM Inc. The lake property is at 41106 County Road 126, Detroit Lakes. McM trustee Erik Ahlgren of Fergus Falls working with attorney Matthew R   Read More ...
Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops
2018-01-13 05:58:25 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops. The agency released its annual crop production report Friday summarizing the 2017 crop year. It shows that peanut production jumped 30 percent to 7.2 billion pounds. Production of hops, a main ingredient in beer, grew 20 percent as Idaho's production surpassed Oregon's for the first time   Read More ...