John Maday

CDC: Shutdown puts food safety at risk

A short staff at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the federal government shutdown limits the organization’s ability to track existing or emerging outbreaks of food borne illness. FULL STORY »

Feed outlook brightens

Predictions of a record corn crop and the largest sorghum crop in five years have improved prospects for feed supplies and prices for the 2013-2014 crop year, according to USDA’s September Feed Outlook report released on Monday. This month the agency raised their forecast for corn production, projecting a record 13.8 bushels, and their projection for sorghum. Combined, USDA increased its estimate of U.S. corn and sorghum production by 118 million bushels over last’ month’s projection. FULL STORY »

UK antimicrobial resistance strategy stresses role of human uses

A new report titled “UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018” sets out actions to address the key challenges to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report provides background on the issue and outlines a “One Health” approach encompassing people, animals, agriculture and the wider environment. The authors note, however, that human uses of antimicrobials appear to be the primary driver in the emergence of AMR. FULL STORY »

Registration open for antibiotics symposium

On November 12 to 14, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture will host a symposium in Kansas City intending to bring together representatives of academia, government researchers, the scientific community and stakeholders within animal agriculture, human medicine and the environment to discuss antimicrobial use and resistance. FULL STORY »

EPA, Iowa DNR reach CAFO agreement

In an ongoing battle, fueled by activist groups, EPA has reached an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to make changes to Iowa’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). FULL STORY »

Global cost of FMD

We most often hear about the economic impacts of foot and mouth disease (FMD) when outbreaks occur in countries classified as free of the disease. However, FMD remains endemic in over 100 countries worldwide, including much of South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. FULL STORY »

Estimating the total number of mammal viruses

Close to 70 percent of emerging viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS, West Nile, Ebola, SARS, and influenza, are zoonoses. But until now, there has been no good estimate of the actual number of viruses that exist in any wildlife species, according to a release from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. FULL STORY »

Activist groups sue EPA over CAFO rule

Environmental and animal-rights groups want to force the EPA to collect detailed information on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and intend to take the issue to court. FULL STORY »

USDA invites public comments on climate report

The Climate Change Program Office of the USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist this week released a draft report outlining scientific methods for measuring greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) – and carbon storage – on entities such as farms and ranches. The report, titled “Science-Based Methods for Entity-Scale Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks from Agriculture and Forestry Practices,” is available online and open for public comment. FULL STORY »

The role of vaccination in a FMD outbreak

If foot and mouth disease ever emerges in the United States, vaccination probably would play a role in our control strategy. The nature of the disease, however, makes vaccination a complex issue. FULL STORY »

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