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October 30, 2014


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Speakers from academia, public health, AVMA, and USDA/APHIS, CDC, FDA and more will join together to present, discuss and consider the key concerns of antibiotic use and resistance, including developing partnerships for moving forward together, prioritizing the critical issues of the public health–agriculture interface, optimizing metrics to measure success, and, in line with the Symposium theme, identifying stewardship opportunities.

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The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, (ARPAS) has approved 12 Continuing Education Units for the Symposium.

NIAA would like to thank their partners including: Beef Checkoff, USDA/APHIS, Merck Animal Health, National Pork Board, Zoetis, United Soybean Board and Indiana Soybean Alliance, Georgia Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation, Elanco, Auburn University, Qiagen, Innovacyn (Vetericyn), the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vance Publications, Dairy Business and Brownfield Ag News for their support of this Symposium.

Partnership opportunities are available. Contact Katie Ambrose at 719.538.8843, extension 14.



FDA Finds Positive and Negative Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance

FDA has released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance trends. According to Poultry Health Today, NARMS was established in 1996 as a partnership between the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to track antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria. The Executive Report summarises data previously released by each of the three agencies. Read key findings HERE. The Meat Site, 10/29/14

Alkame Holdings Enters Aquaculture Sector With Acquisition of High Country Shrimp Company

Robert Eakle, CEO of Alkame Holdings Inc., stated, "High Country Shrimp's patented technology and business strategy presents an ideal opportunity for Alkame to develop a proof–of–concept for its unique water treatment systems incorporated into an intensive indoor aquaculture farming process. By incorporating their system and technologies with ours, along with all of the added benefits of the Alkame Water micro–clustered structure, increased oxygenation, and proper pH levels, we expect there will be significant benefits which can be implemented not only in shrimp farming but in the aquaculture industry as a whole." Market Wired, 10/27/14



National Pork Board Announces New Welfare, Food–Safety Audit

Pork producers, packers and processors have a new common swine industry auditing tool, the National Pork Board (NPB) announced. The industry's audit platform is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). PAACO builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program and expands it to serve as a single common audit platform.

"As a pork producer, I am excited because this announcement of a common platform sets a clear vision that challenges the status quo and meets domestic and international consumer needs," said Dale Norton, NPB president. "It's the right tool at the right time to ensure we provide high–quality pork from well–cared for pigs." Meat & Poultry, 10/27/14

What to Do About Pig Poop? North Carolina Fights a Rising Tide

North Carolina remains the home of 8.9 million hogs—nearly as many as its human population of 9.8 million—making it the second largest pork producer in the nation. And despite a $17.1 million research project on waste options, it seems no one, in this state or elsewhere, quite knows what to do with all that poop. waste is a lingering, stinky problem for North Carolina and other hog–heavy states like Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana. Those states are the leading suppliers of meat to a nation—and increasingly, a world—with an abiding love of cheap pork. But residents must contend with waste from millions of hogs, which fouls the air near large operations and can contaminate local water supplies with germs and excess nutrients. By Sara Peach, National Geographic,10/28/14



USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

"We want dairy producers to have enough time to make thoughtful and well–studied choices," said Vilsack. "Markets change and the Margin Protection Program can help protect dairy producers from those changes." USDA News Release, 10/29/14

Breeding a Healthier Livestock Industry

Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books and has also spoken widely about how her own autism gives her insights into how animals think and feel. Grandin's innovations have reshaped the design of slaughterhouses and other animal handling facilities in North America, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. "We need more research into [livestock] breeding for optimal production instead of maximum production," says Grandin. Future Food 2050, 10/23/14



As U.S. Struggles with Poultry–Borne Disease, Other Countries Offer Lessons

To find coverage of two important new reports on food–borne illnesses that are estimated to afflict more than two million Americans every year — some fatally, and perhaps 20,000 so seriously that they require hospitalization — you pretty much have to turn to trade publications like Food Safety News. That's where I found the report on Monday's comparative analysis of food–inspection systems in the U.S. and a selection of comparably modern and affluent nations, prepared by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Motivated in part by last year's surge in poultry–borne salmonella infections, researchers examined the state of safeguards here and in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark.

Their key conclusion: While none of those countries matches the U.S. in its requirement that inspectors be on site every day at every plant that processes meat and poultry, they have advanced the art of disease prevention in ways that make our approaches, established 50 and even 100 years ago, look more than a little outdated. None of the other countries studied has come up with a model system for our emulation but several are further along in ensuring the safety of meat products as they leave the processing line, not just at the beginning. By Ron Meador, Minneapolis Post, 10/23/14

USDA Seeking Feedback on Animal Disease Reporting, Response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services wants feedback on plans to update the way it reports and responds to certain animal diseases.

Stakeholders in animal agriculture have until January 16, 2015 to submit feedback to the agency on a National List of Reportable Animal Diseases (NLRAD) and a Proposed Framework for Response to Emerging Animal Diseases. Then, based on the comments received on the NLRAD, the agency says it will likely begin the standard rulemaking process by publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register.

The NLRAD would be a "single, standardized list of reportable animal diseases" implemented through federal–state cooperation that would identify the individuals or entities responsible for reporting and specify how the disease are to be reported. By Mary Soukup , PORK Network, 10/22/14



COOL Appeal Likely in 2015: Backlog at WTO May Mean a U.S. Appeal Won't Come Until January

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN on Monday that the Obama administration likely won't appeal the World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. meat labeling until sometime in January. The U.S. Trade Representative's office will make the call on whether to appeal last week's adverse ruling on country–of–origin labeling. Vilsack said he knows the USTR is in the process of considering an appeal, but the U.S. also has been asked to take its time, he said.

"We've received indications from the WTO that we probably should wait until January to make that decision because they are not capable of processing any additional appeals, based on the level of work at the WTO that is currently in the queue," Vilsack said in an interview. "So we have some time in which to make that decision."

A WTO panel ruled that the U.S. can have a country–of–origin label for meat products, but the current USDA rule forces packers to discriminate against Canadian and Mexican cattle, thus affecting the ability of producers from those countries to market their cattle in the U.S. The label rule requires heavy segregation of non–native livestock, which effectively discriminates against foreign–born animals. By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer, 10/27/14

Less Carbs, More Fat

For more than half a century, the conventional wisdom among nutritionists and public health officials was that fat is dietary enemy number one – the leading cause of obesity and heart disease.It appears the wisdom was off. And not just off. Almost entirely backward.

According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favor of fat – including the saturated fat in meat and butter – improves nearly every health measurement, from reducing our waistlines to keeping our arteries clear, more than the low–fat diets that have been recommended for generations. "The medical establishment got it wrong," says cardiologist Dennis Goodman, director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates. "The belief system didn't pan out." Men's Journal, 10/20/14



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