KSU professor says consumers to impact livestock antibiotic use

A Kansas State University professor says consumer interest groups will pressure the Food and Drug Administration to put more restrictions on animal antibiotic use, creating a bigger role for large animal veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Managing weanling pigs without using antibiotic growth promoters

There is a growing market in the U.S. for pork raised without antibiotics, including certified organic pork. A researcher at the University of Illinois has created a resource to help swine producers identify strategies that they can use to manage weanling pigs without using antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). FULL STORY »

'Superbugs' not related to farming, AVMA official says

Christine Hoang, DVM, assistant director of Scientific Activities at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and an expert on antimicrobial resistance, shed light on the use of antibiotics in livestock during a recent U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) panel discussion. FULL STORY »

AASV Board amends sow housing position statement

At the request of the leadership of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Pig Welfare Committee reviewed the association’s position on pregnant sow housing approved in July 2002 and adopted a revised statement. FULL STORY »

Voters reject Proposition 37 and Measure 5

Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Both measures generated interest from far outside those states from food advocates and animal rights activists. FULL STORY »

Research suggests new pathway for antibiotic resistance

Researchers at Washington State University find urine from animals treated with antibiotics could contribute to selection for antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the environment. FULL STORY »

California egg farmers challenge Prop 2

California's egg farmers have filed a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court seeking a determination that Proposition 2 (Prop 2) – a law regulating egg-laying hen enclosures - is unconstitutionally vague. The law's lack of clarity prevents egg farmers from modifying their housing facilities in time to comply with the Jan. 1, 2015, implementation date., FULL STORY »

‘Finding Common Ground’ on animal and worker welfare, Jan. 17

Tough issues like improving farm animal and worker health and welfare require a broad perspective, an inquisitive mind, and a commitment to collaboration. On Jan. 17, the University of Minnesota and other sponsors will present a day-long “Finding Common Ground” event to discuss these issues and more. FULL STORY »

Interview: The voice of reason

An ethics professor at the center of the Green Mountain College oxen controversy weighs in on ‘vegan abolitionists,’ sustainability and how we ought to analyze the issue of factory farming. FULL STORY »

Approving antibiotics – what’s the problem?

In an era of instant-everything, it’s hard to understand why we can’t develop, research and bring to market new antibiotics for animals that can solve disease issues as well as prevent antibiotic-resistance in the human population. FULL STORY »

Food production on right path, but misperceptions remain

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. Released at The Food Dialogues in New York, the survey revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction. However, it also found Americans still have widespread misperceptions about how food is grown and raised. FULL STORY »

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