Virginia Tech veterinary researcher focuses on PCV2

Shannon Matzinger is using a postdoctoral fellowship through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). FULL STORY »

Recent PEDv surge may bode ill for 2014 hog supplies

Late summer and early fall hog slaughter fell well below expectations based upon recent USDA Hogs & Pigs reports, thereby playing a major role in boosting swine and pork prices to record highs for this time of year. FULL STORY »

Novel method makes FMD vaccine production safer

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines can be produced safely using a new patent-pending technology developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. FULL STORY »

Scientists trace PEDv to China

A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. FULL STORY »

Berman: HSUS loses altitude

Agriculture has made significant inroads in its fight to protect producers' interests but the industry must keep its focus. FULL STORY »

AVMA thanks USDA for reopening program

Employees responsible for verifying and releasing animal vaccines are now allowed them to work during the government shutdown, thanks to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. FULL STORY »

Sorry PETA, no violations here

A former hog-farm employee who was fired for misconduct teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to file a formal complaint. An investigation concluded no violations had occurred. FULL STORY »

Guidelines for diagnosis of PEDV

Accurate diagnosis through proper testing is essential to know a herd’s infection status, whether for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or any other disease. FULL STORY »

New PEDV biosecurity guidelines available

Fall manure pumping and application season is a particularly critical time to follow strict guidelines to help prevent the spread of PEDV. FULL STORY »

HSUS and the 'pottery barn rule'

Here’s a lesson for the ag community: Don’t let the Humane Society of the United States make inroads and get the upper hand. FULL STORY »

FDA sets priorities for 2013-14

Reducing foodborne illness rates is at the top of the priority list for FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. It's committed to basing strategies on best science, prevention and public health risk. FULL STORY »

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