NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Dec 01, 17 NAFTA 2.0: Will the U.S. get it right?

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

By: FFVA For two decades, Mexico has benefited from unfair trade practices while Florida farmers have suffered significant loss of market share.  Now with NAFTA negotiations under way with Canada and Mexico, Florida fruit and vegetable growers have a chance for getting some relief. “Our seasonal growing industries have suffered...

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Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Dec 01, 17 Forum: Battling Animal Influenza Viruses

Posted by in Featured Stories, Health & Farming, Livestock

By: Cyril Gay Influenza is a common disease in humans and animals—mainly poultry, pigs, horses, and wild birds. The economic impact of animal influenza viruses on agriculture can be substantial, especially in the poultry industry, where millions of birds have been eradicated worldwide in disease-control efforts. There is also an...

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4-H entrepreneur raises farm-fresh turkeys for holidays

Dec 01, 17 4-H entrepreneur raises farm-fresh turkeys for holidays

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by Samantha Grenrock When Madison Bennett, 16, had a chance to raise poultry through her county 4-H youth development program, she wanted to think outside of the traditional chicken coop. “I wanted to do something unique, so I decided to start my own business, Turkey Time. Now I raise and sell turkeys for Thanksgiving and the...

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Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety

Dec 01, 17 Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

By:  Jan Suszkiw A new test developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas, could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens. The test identifies roosters whose blood contains naturally high levels of two key chemicals, cytokines and chemokines. These chemicals mobilize the birds’...

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Dec 01, 17 Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

Posted by in Agriculture, Featured Stories, Livestock

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of...

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Bugs as snacks among UF/IFAS experts’ predicted 2018 food trends

Dec 01, 17 Bugs as snacks among UF/IFAS experts’ predicted 2018 food trends

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From eating bugs for protein to raising chickens in your backyard to eat their eggs, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts say some food trends grow in popularity over time. Here are the food trends for 2018, as predicted by some...

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UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

Nov 01, 17 UF expert helps ensure “grain train” gets through to feed Lake Okeechobee-area dairy cows

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Media Contact: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida in early September, she threatened to starve thousands of dairy cows by delaying the “grain train” – two dozen freight cars of feed commodities bound for the Lake Okeechobee area. The crisis was...

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Results Released on Market Cow and Bull Audit

Nov 01, 17 Results Released on Market Cow and Bull Audit

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by Melissa Jackson Newly released audit data about market cows and bulls suggests the industy has made significant improvements in several areas, including: herd management techniques, animal welfare and handling, hide damage, injection-site location and bruises. In all cattle types surveyed, the vast majority of cattle walked...

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Coalition Takes Fears of NAFTA Termination to Congress

By: ThePigSite News Desk A US Coalition of coalition of business and agricultural organizations has taken its message of the value of NAFTA to Congress, Bruce Cochrane reports. An ad hoc coalition, who’s membership includes the National Pork Producers Council, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the...

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UF researchers to use $2.7 million grant to help stop influenza

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers will use a $2.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans. Although “natural killer T” –...

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Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Sep 01, 17 Two-day grazing school tackles fencing and soil health in detail

Posted by in Agriculture, Livestock, Scientific Studies

By Dennis Hancock A two-day Advanced Grazing School, hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists Sept. 19-20, will provide a deeper understanding of grazing systems to those in attendance. The first day will focus on low-cost fencing and portable watering systems. On the second day of the program, specialists...

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New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

Sep 01, 17 New Vaccine Fights Multiple Salmonella Types

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By Sandra Avant, ARS Office of Communications. Some types of Salmonella cause disease in food animals. Other types cause foodborne disease in humans. A new vaccine developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, Iowa, protects pigs against both types of Salmonella. Several Salmonella vaccines are currently...

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Waste not, want not: Byproduct of ethanol industry makes suitable cattle feed supplement

by American Society of Agronomy.  Making a living raising cattle isn’t as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do this in the most effective and efficient way possible has interested both ranchers and researchers for...

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Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

Jul 03, 17 Livestock shows, 4-H competitions breed strength and tenacity in youth

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By Laura Griffeth As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county coordinator, I am surrounded by some of the most amazing and fantastic young people, some of whom I’m related to and some I just have the pleasure of working with. Let me explain. I am passionate about youth livestock projects. I think youth livestock...

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UF scientists work to develop heat-resistant “cow of the future”

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor in the UF/IFAS department of animal sciences, is part...

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Pig Pens: A Look at Mirrors and Mat

By Sandra Avant Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking for ways to improve housing for farm animals, including pigs. Enhancing the animals’ environment can help reduce stress, which in turn can improve growth and efficiency and decrease disease susceptibility. According to the World Organization for Animal...

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UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

Jul 03, 17 UF researchers try to make sure dairy farmers produce the best

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Farmers and University of Florida researchers use genetics and other techniques to ensure consumers can pick from the best assortment of delicious, nutritious dairy products at the grocery store. Now that we’re in National Dairy Month, it’s a good time to...

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Fall calving season may yield higher returns for southeastern beef producers

By: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season,...

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UF project to select the best Brahman genes

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With help from cattle producers through the Florida Cattle Enhancement Fund, UF/IFAS researchers hope to develop Brahman cattle that can tolerate heat better, produce more tender meat and improve their fertility. University of Florida Institute of Food and...

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Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

For more information contact Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications. A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other...

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