Animal health and production and animal products

US-UK Collaborative Research: Host Resistance to Avian Pathogenic E. Coli

Scientists from Iowa State University and the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), are collaborating to reduce the impact of Avian colibacillosis, a disease of poultry caused by E. coli. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Protecting Poultry without Antibiotics

Salmonella Enteritidis is the primary poultry-borne pathogen in the United States, and there is no fully effective poultry vaccination available. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 Annual Report.

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are studying the impact of changing climatic conditions on dairy farm productivity in Wisconsin. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.

Making an Island Home for Fresh Food

Northern Marianas (Islands) College (NMC) researchers conducted trials on 14 vegetable species to ensure their viability in local growing conditions. NMC’s Aquaculture Development Center also established a fish breeding facility with a spawning program for egg production, fertilization, and hatching. NMC Extension educators are putting it all together with food and nutrition training through EFNEP. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Swine Health May Shed Light on Human Lung Disease

North Carolina A&T University researchers found that long-term exposure to contaminants in animal production facilities contributes to respiratory diseases among agricultural workers, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas - One Cow at a Time

​A five-year, NIFA-funded Dairy CAP is putting the U.S. dairy industry on target to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020. NIFA originally published this impact in the in the NIFA 2016 Annual Report.

Increasing Minority Veterinarians and Technicians

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has recruited dozens of students who participated in pre-college summer programs, enrolled in FAMU’s collegiate veterinary science program, and completed internships with USDA and local veterinary clinics. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Genetics Humanely Dehorn Dairy Cattle

A team of NIFA-funded researchers at Recombinetics, Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota, successfully used a $435,000 AFRI grant to develop a gene editing process that introduces the hornless gene into the cells of horned bulls.

Education Investments Pay Off in Mississippi

Mississippi State University Extension specialists created the Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program to help producers improve overall management and decision-making skills. NIFA originally published this impact in the NIFA 2017 Annual Report.

Adapting Chicken Production to Climate Change through Breeding

Researchers at the University of Delaware studied chickens from around the world and mapped genetic markers that may improve heat tolerance. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2017 NIFA Annual Report.