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USDA and US Biologic, Inc. Announce New Oral Solution to Combat Major Poultry Disease

by USDA

Posted on Sunday June 27, 2021, 12:45 pm

Researchers at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and US Biologic, Inc., have developed an oral solution to an antibiotic alternative that fights against poultry coccidiosis, which costs the poultry industry $3.5B in annual losses worldwide. Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease that develops in an animal’s intestinal tract and can spread between animals via the ingestion of infected feces or tissue.

The study-published in the June issue of Frontiers in Veterinary Science-showed that infected chickens that were fed the oral solution did not experience the same weight loss as non-treated birds. The treated chickens also experienced improved gut health, less infectious bacteria in their feces, and a great reduction in the spread of disease. These changes were not seen in birds fed with probiotics only, showing changes only occurred in the presence of cNK-2.

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California organic commodities continue expansion

by CDFA

Posted on Sunday June 27, 2021, 12:42 pm

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently released the California Agricultural Organic Report 2019-2020.

Publication highlights: • California accounts for 40 percent of all organic production in the U.S.

• Between 2014 and 2019, organic production increased 44%

• In 2019, sales of organic products in California totaled more than $10.4 billion, an increase of 3.5% from 2018

• California land for organic production in 2019 included 2,590,328 acres

• Operation types registered with CDFA’s State Organic Program in 2019 were 5,452 producers, 1,295 handlers and 216 processors

Read the California Agricultural Organic Report 2019-2020 for more information. Visit the California State Organic Program (SOP) Reports webpage for this and past organic publications and reports...

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Machines Can Help Wine Grape Industry Survive Labor Shortage. Study Reviews Best Practices for Growers

by Amy Quinton

Posted on Sunday June 27, 2021, 12:36 pm

Using mechanical pruning like above can save between 60% to 80% of labor operation costs per acre compared to manual pruning alone (Hector Amezcua/UC Davis)


Wine grape growers in California and elsewhere face increasing labor costs and severe labor shortages, making it difficult to manage and harvest a vineyard while maintaining profitability. Growers are increasingly turning to machines for pruning, canopy management and harvesting, but how well these practices are executed can substantially affect yield and quality. A new review by researchers at the University of California, Davis, published in the journal Catalyst, provides guidelines for growers to make the best use of machines.

“Wine grape laborers have been virtually nonexistent. People don’t want to work in vineyards anymore because it’s remote, tough work,” said Kaan Kurtural, professor of ...

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JUST HOW CHEESY ARE YOU? Farm Rich Kicks Off Search for First 'Chief Cheese Officer'

by Farm Rich

Posted on Sunday June 27, 2021, 12:27 pm

Farm Rich, one of America's "cheesiest" frozen snack brands, has announced a nationwide search for a cheese-eating, content-creating individual to join its ranks as the very first Chief Cheese Officer (CCO). The search started on none other than National Cheese Day, June 4, and is open through July 7, 2021.

"We're ready to give one of our lucky fans a chance to bring their ideas to life in the role of Chief Cheese Officer."

The applicant with the most impressive cheese-loving credentials will be bestowed the title of Honorary Chief Cheese Officer and receive $5,000, plus a vacation to Georgia's beautiful St. Simons Island, home to Farm Rich headquarters.

There, the CCO will have the chance to tour the Farm Rich plant where America's favorite Mozzarella Sticks are made and collaborate with the brand team. Plus, they'll have Farm Rich cheese snacks on ...

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USDA Launches Resource Guide to Help America’s Rural Workforce Build Back Better

by USDA

Posted on Sunday June 27, 2021, 12:25 pm

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson unveiled a resource guide to help rural community leaders start and expand employment opportunities and access resources to train, recruit and create a sustainable rural workforce.

“America’s rural workforce is critical to the success of the nation’s economy,” Maxson said. “As USDA continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help restore the economy, we remain committed to helping rural employers build back America’s rural workforce to be better, stronger and more equitable than ever before.”

The resource guide outlines programs and services available at USDA and other federal agencies that support workforce development in rural communities. It helps community leaders and other local entities access resources more easily to create jobs, t...

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