Nebraska and Iowa flood damage could mean nearly $1 billion hit to agriculture

Photo courtesy U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

The U.S. state of Nebraska is one of the country’s biggest agricultural areas. It’s most famous for its beef cattle and corn, but farmers there work hard every year in the production of swine, eggs, dairy, wheat, soybeans and more. Each of these industries has been hit […]

African swine fever update: one million pounds of pork seized; vaccine research takes step forward

With the ongoing Asian and Eastern European outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), a disease that is not known to harm humans but is deadly to pigs, countries not already touched by ASF virus have one goal: keep it out.

U.S. Custom and Border Protection officials may have prevented possible introduction of the virus to […]

How disease ‘contact chains’ link farms near and far

It’s good to be connected to others in this world, but some networks are less than desirable — like disease networks.

Unwittingly introducing new diseases to a herd or flock is one of the biggest challenges in adding new animals. For this reason, farmers and ranchers employ biosecurity protocols and can quarantine the new animal […]

Scientists sequence the genome of Lil Bub, celebrity cat

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With a couple of extra toes, a case of dwarfism, no teeth and a tongue that perpetually hangs out of her mouth, Lil Bub is one of the Internet’s most beloved animals. She (and her owner) have spent years as advocates for animal shelters, inspiring tens […]

‘Defending the flock’ from Newcastle and other diseases starts with proper disinfection

An updated campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aims to limit the spread of poultry disease, which has producers paying attention after recent outbreaks of Newcastle disease in both commercial and backyard flocks alike.

The campaign, “Defend the Flock,” was first launched in 2016 by the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Scottish swine industry aims to eliminate PRRS

What’s the best way to fight porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)? Well, tough biosecurity controls are always essential, but Scotland has set forth towards an ambitious goal: eradicate it.

Since 1992, when PRRS was first discovered in Scotland, the disease has gone on to affect 40% of the nation’s swine herds. The Press and […]

‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]

Genomic technology can make a difference for farmers around the world

Genomics, including livestock DNA testing, has revolutionized much of the agricultural world, and its impact only continues to grow as the technology improves. And as the science advances, it continues to enter new markets and regions that can benefit from it.

For farmers in developing countries, whose herds are smaller and less productive than typical […]

How do stripes stop flies? Horses dress as zebras to find out

Why do zebras, a species of wild horse, have striped coats when other equines don’t?

Experts have theorized that the stripes serve as camouflage; that they disorient predators, or that they communicate signals to other zebras. Some have posed that the stripes help keep the animals cool under a hot sun. The latest research, however, […]

Experts discuss the dairy industry in 50 years: Genomics, regulations and more

In 50 years it will be 2069, and we have no idea what the world will look like. We certainly have hopes for our planet — that our industries will be booming and efficient, particularly our agricultural economy.

University of Minnesota Extension educator James Salfer predicts that changes in the dairy industry over the […]