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 »

Researcher develops innovative vaccine for PRRS

An Ohio State University researcher has created a unique vaccine to protect swine from porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a viral disease that causes direct losses to U.S. swine producers to the tune of $664 million a year. FULL STORY »

FDA changes compliance policy for salmonella in feeds

The FDA this week released a new Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) regarding Salmonella contamination in food for animals, creating a zero-tolerance standard for pet foods and a less-stringent risk-based standard for livestock feeds. FULL STORY »

Fine tuning your management plan for substandard pigs

Providing proper care and environments for piglets can ease transition into the nursery phase. FULL STORY »

Hidden impacts of FMD

Outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) result in a range of direct and indirect costs, and public opinion can play a significant role in response and outcomes. Those were key messages as Sebastian Heath, VetMB, PhD, branch chief of program development with the Federal Emergency Management Agency kicked off this week’s FMD Symposium in Louisville, Ky. The symposium, focusing on FMD preparedness, took place in conjunction with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual conference. FULL STORY »

Group distorts resistance data to blame farmers

Just days after the release of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that medical doctors annually are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 80 percent of Americans, a group today is set to issue its own report, claiming that antibiotics use in food animals is the main cause for people developing antibiotic-resistant diseases. FULL STORY »

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