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Rhode Island names Wright's Dairy Farm as Outstanding for 2014

The Department of Environmental Management announces that Wright's Dairy Farm, Inc. of North Smithfield has been named Rhode Island's 2014 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee. FULL STORY »

2014 Vermont Dairy Improvement Grant Recipients Announced

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program announced the recipients of the first round of Dairy Improvement Grants. FULL STORY »

Market recap: Futures start strong but end lower

Friday’s Class III market rose higher after receiving more support from the spot cheese market, but it fell off the highs to settle slightly lower in the front months. FULL STORY »

FDA to hold public meeting on antimicrobial resistance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will sponsor a public meeting to discuss progress to date under the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. The meeting will be held on August 12-13, 2014 at the FDA Headquarters, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. FULL STORY »

Beef exports strengthen to Mexico, weaken to Japan

U.S. beef exports through May 2014 are up 6 percent from a year earlier. Exports have strengthened to Hong Kong and Mexico, offsetting weaker shipments to Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. FULL STORY »

Beef imports continue strong pace

U.S. beef imports continued to strengthen during May and were 20 percent higher for the month than a year earlier (see chart). Beef production is expected to decline 5 percent in 2014 due to lower cattle supplies, and lower cow slaughter. FULL STORY »

'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

The challenge of ensuring future food security as populations grow and diets change has its roots in soil, but the increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation. FULL STORY »

Dairy markets: Blocks and barrels higher, futures tepid

Although blocks and barrels moved higher yesterday, futures reaction was tepid. Class III settled anywhere from -3 to +15 in 2014 yesterday, while weakness permeated the 2015 contracts. FULL STORY »

Researchers use “big data” to track zoonotic diseases

About 60 percent of diseases are zoonotic, or can pass between humans and various animal species, and understanding the pathways and complex relationships between pathogens, hosts and environmental factors is key to improving control strategies. FULL STORY »

Going hands-free: Even farm dogs can be robotized

This morning’s news out of Australia included building a “sheep dog” robot that can fetch cows from the pasture. Where will it stop? Does it need to? FULL STORY »

First U.S. Lely Vector auto-feeder open house next week in PA

Maybe we should call 2014 the year of the robot. FULL STORY »

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