All news articles for May 2018

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Scientists report breakthrough in swine immunology research

By Jane Byrne

Scientists from four UK institutions have developed tools that they say provide new insights into pig immunity that could help develop more effective vaccines in the fight against infections like the influenza virus in swine.

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USDA ditches organic checkoff program

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

Citing a lack of industry census, the USDA has scrapped efforts to develop a national research and promotion [checkoff] program for US organic production.

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NAFTA negotiations pass legislative deadline

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

The prospect of revising the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) this year appeared to fade yesterday (May 17) as a deadline set by congressional Republicans passed.

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Piglet gut health and cow milk yields on Chr. Hansen’s radar

By Jane Byrne

Chr. Hansen says it has developed new probiotic Bacillus strains aimed at improving gut health in piglets; the Danish company is also undertaking further work to understand the mode of action of selected microbes for dairy health and production.

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What is stopping responsible soy from reaching scale?

By Jane Byrne

Awareness raising among consumers is needed to stimulate demand among downstream players if the soy supply chain is ever to get the level of palm oil in terms of responsible production and sourcing, says a representative of a French agribusiness group.

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Tyson Foods buys rendering company

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

Tyson Foods is sinking $850m into the purchase of a rendering company as part of an ongoing push to increase company sustainability. It also is expected to increase Tyson’s footprint in the expanding feed ingredient sector.

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Pace picks up in US soy and corn planting

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

Feed crop production for the coming year is starting to catch up to previous years’ levels despite cold and slow start, says economist.