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National Milk Producers Federation Scholarships Announced

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) announced the recipients of its 2020 National Dairy Leadership Scholarship awards. The awards, presented by the NMPF Board of Directors, support the next generation of dairy leaders and researchers and are open to qualified graduate students who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of study. NMPF this year awarded scholarships to: Ellen Lai, Ph.D. Integrative …

Flavonoids’ Presence in Sorghum Roots May Lead to Frost-Resistant Crop

Flavonoid compounds — produced by the roots of some sorghum plants — positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers. That is important because sorghum is a crop that can respond to climate change because of its high …

The Impact of USMCA on International Wheat Trade

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into effect July 1, 2020. Under the agreement, Canada agrees to allow grain grown in the United States to receive an official Canadian grade as long as the grain is of a variety approved in Canada. Canada also agrees to remove requirements for official inspection certificates to indicate that grain grown in the United …

$500K Grants to study BLV, Dairy Cow Reproduction

Two Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Animal Science researchers have each received $500,000 grants from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for research related to dairy cow health. Tasia Taxis, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is looking to build off of work already accomplished by MSU’s bovine leukemia virus (BLV) team and further advance development of research designed …

California Incentives Spur Dairy Manure Methane Digester Developments

State incentives designed to help California’s dairy industry reduce methane emissions have led to a spike in the number of manure digester developments underway on California dairies. According to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange, the wave of digester developments on California dairy farms has spurred interest in the technology nationwide. “Dairy producers outside of California may be anticipating future environmental …

Proposal Sought For Jersey Cattle And Product Research

The AJCC Research Foundation has issued a request for research proposals to be funded in 2021 addressing significant issues for the Jersey breed and Jersey milk producers. Current priorities for research funding are: Nutrition of high-producing Jerseys, particularly practical feeding methods to maximize production of valuable milk components; Factors affecting management of Jersey calves; Factors affecting semen production of Jersey …

Improving Protein Digestibility in Sorghum

Sorghum, a common food item in regions of Africa and Asia, has one missing puzzle piece. The missing piece? Protein digestibility, which researchers in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University are trying to find. “Sorghum is an important food crop grown in Africa,” said Tesfaye Tesso. “It grows well in their climate because it requires less moisture and …

Animal Ag Alliance Releases Report from Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report today detailing observations from the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES), held virtually August 3 – 9. The event was organized and hosted by California-based animal sanctuary Animal Place, which also advocates for a “vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle.” “The world may be dealing with a pandemic – but that has not stopped animal rights extremists …

First Meal is Vital for Calf Survival

The first meal of their lives may well determine the fate of calves; if they don’t get what they need quickly, the newborns may not survive to weaning age, said two scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Colostrum is a vital nutrient that mothers provide in the first feedings that newborn farm animals must have within 24 hours of …

Crystal Creamery Appoints Dennis Roberts President and CEO

Dennis Roberts, the former vice president of sales and marketing for Crystal Creamery, has returned to the local dairy company as the president and chief executive officer. “Dennis was the clear choice to lead our company into the future.  Not only does he have previous experience working for Crystal Creamery, but he is a respected food industry veteran with more …

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