Education & Reference

AVMA Briefs Congress On Importance Of Antibiotics

Published Apr. 9, 2010

The nation's largest veterinary association briefed Congress today on the uses of antibiotics and how they help protect animal health...

Cage-housing tie lacks truths

Published Sep. 10, 2010

As the egg recall related to salmonella-contaminated eggs from two farms spread over the Aug. 21-22 weekend, so did allegations that eggs from big, cage-housing operations are prone to the bacteria.

Nothing is further from the truth...

CDC report shows drop in E. coli illnesses (Updated)

Published Apr. 16, 2010

Government data released Thursday showed significant decreases in the reported incidence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 infections in 2009 compared to the preceding three years.

Central Ohio Farm Doesn't Create Waste

Published Feb. 1, 2011

After years of farming and millions of eggs, New Day Farms General Manager Steve Bliesner knows one thing...

Chicken rules have unintended consequenses

Published Apr. 29, 2010

AP – As more states move to ban restrictive livestock cages, the campaign to free egg-laying hens from cramped cages and shift them to pens animal rights advocates call more humane could be poised to unintentionally boost deaths among those birds.

Dairy industry completes fluid milk carbon footprint study

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The U.S. dairy industry has completed a comprehensive study of the carbon footprint associated with the production of a gallon of fluid milk, and the findings validate the results of other studies...

Debunking ‘Sugar Is Toxic’ & Other Myths

Published May. 30, 2012

Each year, the Experimental Biology conference draws members of the scientific community together—including those from the health and nutrition sector—to explore the latest and greatest findings in the name of science...

E. coli decline in ground beef

Published Aug. 1, 2011

A new report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service shows that Escherichia coli O157:H7 in ground beef samples has had a significant decline since 2000. The new data shows that E. coli O157:H7 is found in less than one quarter or 1% of ground beef samples...

Egg farmers: Good managing can help control salmonella

Published Sep. 10, 2010

There is nothing small scale about Pearl Valley Eggs, deep in the heart of Illinois farm country. The egg farm itself, two miles south of the nearest town, is a neat collection of 350-foot- and 450-foot henhouses...

Egg producer sues California for interpretation of Prop 2

Published Feb. 1, 2011

Commercial egg producer J.S. West & Co. yesterday filed a lawsuit in a California court asking for the court to interpret the state's 2008 ballot initiative that requires a certain degree of housing space for hens...

House Committee Considers Kentucky Livestock Care Standards

Published Mar. 10, 2010

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the House committee will decide on new legislation this week giving authority on farm animal treatment to a new state panel.

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Committee panel to include representative from each major food animal sector and livestock auctions and processors.

Industry to Offer Input on USDA’s New Framework For Animal Disease Traceability

Published Mar. 10, 2010

Following USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that his department is changing its approach to developing a national animal identification system, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has announced it will dedicate a portion of its annual meeting...

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No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products.

Kroger Recalls 2 Onion Soup And Dip Mixes

Published Mar. 10, 2010

CINCINNATI—Kroger Co. is recalling two onion soup and dip mixes because of possible salmonella contamination.

Laying out the facts

Published Sep. 9, 2010

As debate rages over whether laying hens should be kept in cages or allowed to go cage-free, efforts are underway to provide answers as to the true behavioral needs of hens.

McDonald’s Board Opposes Cage-Free Eggs for U.S.

Published Apr. 14, 2010

The board of directors of McDonald’s has recommended that the company’s shareholders vote against a proposal to require that 5 percent of the eggs purchased for the chain’s restaurants in the United States be the cage-free variety.

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Diefendorff, left, is pictured with Matt Boyert, who nominated him for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

Medina County man is the neighbor every farmer wants to have

Published Sep. 10, 2010

It’s a horror story often heard within the agricultural community. Land next to a working farm is sold to non-farmers who move in from town and start complaining about the equipment...

Modified Crops Touted

Published Apr. 14, 2010

A report by the National Research Council issued Tuesday found that genetically modified crops have increased profits for U.S. farmers while reducing the environmental damage caused by agriculture.

Mom and daughter visit the hen house

Published Sep. 27, 2010

Come take a tour with Patti and Samantha as they push open the barn doors and separate fact from fiction while addressing some of the common misconceptions attached to egg carton labels.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board

Published Aug. 1, 2011

Visit here for the latest updates, current news and upcoming meetings and events of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Overview of the United States Dairy Operation

Published Oct. 8, 2010

The dairy industry in the United States has undergone significant structural change over the past eight years. Total milk cow operations have declined significantly...

PETA aims circus protest at elementary-school kids

Published Apr. 29, 2010

A protester from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wearing an injured-elephant costume, attracts Montrose Elementary students.

The kids seemed to love it. The Bexley schools superintendent did not.

Robots help do the work on a Wayne County, Ohio dairy

Published Sep. 10, 2010

What is the one chore dairymen dread the most? Well, that depends on which dairyman you ask.

Senate to Granholm: Take back proclamation for no-meat day

Published Mar. 17, 2010

Meat-eating got political today, as the state Senate called on Gov. Jennifer Granholm to rescind her proclamation urging Michiganders to give up meat for a day Saturday to recognize the healthiness of vegetarian diets.

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The program will only apply to animals moved in interstate commerce and will encourage the use of low-cost technology.

USDA Abandons Stalled Animal ID Program

Published Mar. 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it has abandoned a program that was intended to trace the movement of farm animals around the country but garnered little support from farmers.

Veterinary leader addresses USDA’s shift on animal ID

Published Mar. 31, 2010

A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to scrap a national animal identification system could seriously hinder U.S. veterinarians' ability to track diseased animals and prevent the spread of those diseases...

Wal-Mart announces new beef-safety rules

Published Apr. 29, 2010

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced today that it will implement additional beef safety measures designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses. The new process controls standards and goals are additions to a food safety program...