Animal health and production and animal products

Waste Not, Want Not

Researchers at West Virginia State University (WVU) are investigating how to use anaerobic digestion to treat and use organic wastes from animal farms, agriculture and industry.

Chew on This: Ruminant Research Makes for Healthier Cows and Sheep

Researchers at the University of Alaska and other land-grant institutions are investigating the factors that improve fertility among cattle and sheep.

Multiple Sclerosis and the Flu

Researchers from the University of Illinois (U of I) shed light on what may be happening in the brains of MS patients during upper respiratory infections.

Fresh Salmon and Eggs

A study by the University of Maine has found that two hormones may play significant roles in achieving an 80 percent embryo survival rate.

Calories and Cattle

Scientists have long been interested in finding the genetic basis for feed efficiency, with the aim of breeding more efficient animals. But the first step – accurately measuring how much cattle eat across different life stages and diet types – has been a missing piece. That may be changing due to research funded by NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

Combating Clam Decline

In recent decades, there has been a steady decline of the Manila clam on the tidal flats of the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington.

Check Out a Wealth of Resources at Farm Answers

Farm Answers is supported by NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), providing resources to help both new and experienced farmers and agricultural producers.

Bacteria Can Lead to Insect Population Control

Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and Yale University, Connecticut, have discovered genes from a common bacterium that can be utilized to sterilize male insects.

Buying Local Dairy May Have Unexpected Effects

If more Northeast consumers buy local dairy, that could have some positive and negative effects on the supply chain, according to research from Penn State and Cornell universities.

Natural Plant Could Help Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

A natural defense that helps plants ward off insect predators could lead to better crops and new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, as discovered by NIFA-supported researchers at Washington State University (WSU).