Harrisvaccines gets $1.114 million to develop FMD vaccine

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Harrisvaccines, Ames, Iowa, a $1.114 million contract to develop an RNA Particle (RP) vaccine in an effort to protect the United States from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

Waxman bill wants antibiotic transparency

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., announced this week that he will introduce legislation to increase information on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption. He is calling it the “Delivering Antibiotic Transparency in Animals Act” or DATA Act. FULL STORY »

PorkBridge educational series schedule announced

PorkBridge is a distance educational program that provides relevant and timely information to those involved with grow-finish swine operations and consists of six teleconference sessions conducted by industry experts. FULL STORY »

Scientists use new method to help reduce piglet mortality

Preweaning mortality costs the U.S. pork industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, and one of the contributing factors is deficient colostrum intake by piglets. To help increase newborn piglets' survival, USDA scientists have developed a new method that predicts animals' mortality and nursing ability. FULL STORY »

Kansas State Swine Day slated for Nov. 15

The one-day event will feature a technology trade show, as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

Producers and workers shouldn’t overlook flu shots

With flu season again upon us, the National Pork Board’s pork checkoff reminds pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

Kansas Senator criticizes NBAF project delay

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) prompted a call for action at a Senate committee hearing last week to approve funding for the new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). FULL STORY »

Harrisvaccines receives H3N2 swine influenza vaccine license

The vaccine is the first to be licensed by the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) that utilizes RNA Particle Technology. This groundbreaking platform allows for the manufacture of vaccines without ever isolating a live virus from infected animals. FULL STORY »

Beware the fair (and petting zoos)

A new article in Zoonoses and Public Health highlights illnesses caused by petting zoos and the like. Veterinarians can play an important role in their communities when children come in contact with farm animals at fairs, petting zoos and even in the classroom. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic-resistant pathogens persist in antibiotic-free pigs

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found identical strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter Coli (C. coli) in both antibiotic-free (ABF) and conventionally raised pigs. This finding may indicate that these antibiotic-resistant pathogens can persist regardless of a pork producer's antimicrobial use. FULL STORY »

Looming global water crisis an 'urgent security issue'

With a billion new mouths to feed, the world will need the equivalent of 20 Nile Rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a new report from a group of former world leaders says. FULL STORY »

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