Animal health and production and animal products

Maryland Helps Protect the Nation's Flock from Avian Influenza

Avian influenza (AI) affects various species of poultry and outbreaks caused by the H5 and H7 strains have resulted in severe economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. The University of Maryland’s Dr. Nathaniel Tablante has created videos, available in English and Spanish, to help prevent outbreaks of Avian Influenza.

New Dairy Farmers Go Against The Grain

As experienced dairy farmers age and retire they are passing on their knowledge to the next generation, and an innovative apprenticeship program is formalizing the process.

Ames, Iowa Small Business Battles Major Epidemic

In 2014, the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus was responsible for the death of eight million piglets in the United States. Developing a vaccine took months—sometimes years—making it hard to rescue the declining swine community. Harrisvaccines, in Ames, Iowa, used its patented SirraVax SM technology to analyze PED gene sequences to commercialize a vaccine in just four months. Harrisvaccines became the first company in the country to gain conditional licensure from USDA. The vaccine, called iPED, is administered to sows right before they give birth to a litter, protecting the piglets.

World Food Day: Protecting Natural Resources through Nutrient Planning Around the World

First established on Oct. 16, 1979, World Food Day recognizes the day in 1945 when 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, effectively managing the global food system.

Happy Birthday NIFA: Celebrating seven years of research, education and extension milestones

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture celebrates the seventh anniversary of its establishment on Oct. 1. Replacing the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, NIFA was established by the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) to find innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities. In the past seven years, NIFA-funded research has led to breakthrough discoveries in the areas of sustainable Ag production systems, education, environmental systems, family and consumer sciences, bioenergy, human nutrition, food safety, climate variability, youth development, and more.

Reversing Pollinator Decline is Key to Feeding the Future

Without pollinators, we don’t eat—it’s simple as that—and, at the moment, large numbers of pollinators are dying. With the world’s population projected to exceed 9 billion in just the next 30 years or so, that is not a good position for us to be in.

University of DC’s Rooftop Garden hosts celebration of Pollinator Week

A garden in the sky. That’s the best way to describe the Green Roof, a rooftop garden at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), the nation’s only urban land-grant university. This living laboratory is one of the latest features at UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), which is also home to the Center for 4-H & Youth Development. 4-H is the nation’s premiere youth development program, managed by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Modifying bovine embryos could increase profitability and sustainability

Modifying bovine embryos could increase profitability and sustainability in the production of animal-based food products

Scientists Use Trout Bacteria to Combat Coldwater Disease

Scientists Use Trout Bacteria to Combat Coldwater Disease

Mycoplasmal Bovine Mastitis

Mycoplasmal Bovine Mastitis