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Death of Dr. Dick Axtell – Veterinary Entomologist at NC State


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Death of Dr. Dick Axtell – Veterinary Entomologist at NC State

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

It is with great sorrow that I notify you of the death of Dr. Dick Axtell. The obituary has not yet been published, but the funeral is scheduled for Saturday (January 28th) afternoon in Raleigh. Dick was the 1993 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology at the Livestock Insect Workers Conference in […]

Webinar: Manure and Veterinary Pathogens of Concern

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

This webinar will provide an overview of bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in manure and other land-applied wastes as well as pathogens of veterinary concern. What are these pathogens? How do they affect you? What are their typical levels in manure and wastes? The presenters will also discuss veterinary concerns, and overall prevalence in the […]

Vaccine for Bovine Foothill Abortion is Evaluated at ANR Research Facility

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch ┬áto getting a vaccine that will protect […]

Reining in antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms. While antimicrobial resistance was first described in 1940, scientific understanding of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads remains in its infancy. The global […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article recently published in […]

USDA Awards $4.3 Million to Ensure Access to Needed Veterinary Services in Rural Communities

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded more than $4.3 million to 48 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources critical to America’s food safety, food security, and to the health and […]

Funding available for organic growers

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

  CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) is currently offering 33 grants of $1,000 to fund organic FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience projects for students in grades 7-11. These grants will help high school students cover the expenses of conducting FFA SAE projects using organic production methods. The deadline is November 15th. This our third year of […]

Grants aim to improve animal welfare

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

  Farmers seeking to improve the welfare of their farm animals may apply for grant funding from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). FACT is calling for applications for its Fund-a-Farmer Project, which provides grants up to $2,500 to qualifying livestock and poultry farmers for projects designed to improve farm animal welfare. This year the Fund-a-Farmer […]

Greater insect biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in “Nature“. More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and […]

Fighting the mosquito that spreads Zika

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The UC Mosquito Research Laboratory in Parlier is the epicenter of California research on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a tiny, black and white mosquito that can spread the Zika virus. Aedes aegypti were first identified in California in June 2013, when they were found in the San Joaquin Valley communities of Clovis and Madera. They […]

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