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New class of insecticides offers safer, more targeted mosquito control

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis. Known as dopamine receptor antagonists, the chemicals beat out the neurotransmitter dopamine to lock into protein recept…

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Discovery of messenger RNA mobility provides new opportunities to develop more efficient crop plants

ARDMORE, Okla. — Scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation with colleagues from Germany and Spain have made a discovery that will change the way researchers view messenger RNA (mRNA) and, in the future, could potentially aid the development of more efficient crop plants. Messenger RNAs play pivotal roles during gene expression. They communicate the information encry…

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Monsanto announces multi-year commitment to help monarch butterflies

ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Company announced today a $400,000 commitment to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies. This comes in addition to the company’s earlier announcement of a $3.6 million grant to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Monsanto’s funding is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to work with experts i…

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Research shows supplementing pig diets with a high quality antioxidant optimizes growth and meat quality

ST. LOUIS — Diets containing oxidized fats severely and negatively impact swine growth, carcass quality and oxidative stress. Recently, researchers at Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Novus, conducted a study to evaluate how adding a dietary antioxidant affects growth and meat quality. In general, they found the inclusion of AGRADO Plus feed ingredient in swine diets, with its…

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Deadline extended for NJAA Media Crew

Now in its second year, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) is offering members the opportunity to experience communications, journalism, marketing and photography through Media Crew. The application for this opportunity has been extended to Friday, April 17. NJAA members who have completed ninth grade and have an interest in learning about media reporting may apply.…

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CAST announces Kent Schescke as new Executive Vice President

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), a nonprofit organization that specializes in assembling and communicating science-based agricultural information to a broad audience, announces the appointment of its new Executive Vice President, Kent G. Schescke. Linda Chimenti, the current EVP, will retire at the end of May after 15 successful years with CAST. Mr. Sc…

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Zoetis offers up to $150,000 to fund cattle health and productivity research

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Zoetis invites applications for its 2015 Cattle Call research grant program, offering up to $150,000 in research funding. This program, started in 2012, supports researchers and veterinarians who perform valuable work to improve dairy and beef cattle health and productivity. About the 2015 Cattle Call Grant The Cattle Call selection committee will …

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Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

COLLEGE STATION – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality. “We need fat in beef to improve the ea…

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4-H state air rifle match winners named

Ramsey County teams took top honors in the 2015 4-H state air rifle match held in Devils Lake on March 28. The Ramsey team of Maria Rosa-Nieves, Brandon Alexander, Christopher Morstad and Erin Morstad was first in the senior division and qualified for the 2016 4-H National Invitational in Grand Island, Neb. Rosa-Nieves was the top scorer with 524 and Alexander placed second…

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Champions parade at 2015 Roll of Victory Angus Show in Fort Worth

Angus enthusiasts led 130 entries at the 2015 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show’s Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, January 31 in Fort Worth, Texas. Shane Bedwell, Fort Collins, Colo., evaluated the 96 females, 33 bulls and one cow-calf pair before he selected champions. BSF Opportunist Z5 claimed the grand champion bull title after first winning senior champion. B…

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Red Angus Choice+ Grid enhanced

Cow-calf producers and feeders utilizing the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) are continuing to find more price discovery for their cattle in today’s competitive market. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. have released new enhancements to the Choice+ performance-based grid, designed exclusively to pay premiums for cattle enro…

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Minnesota bills would weaken environment laws on agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Proposals to weaken environmental laws tied to agriculture are making their way through the Minnesota legislature. Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1GgqnqX ) reports the bills include ones that would exempt farmland from some school levies and others that would alter existing state regulation on pesticides. Certain members of both parties su…

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Nebraska lawmakers advance livestock expansion guidelines

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Livestock operations that want to expand will still have to comply with county requirements under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers. The legislation would create optional statewide standards for producers that want to build or expand facilities. Lawmakers voted 34-3 on April 1 on the proposal by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse…

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North Dakota Legislature doubles the $1 beef checkoff

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Legislature has passed legislation that will double the $1-per-head checkoff that ranchers pay when they sell cattle. North Dakota's House approved the measure on April 1. The Senate approved it the bill earlier. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association supports doubling the checkoff to provide more money for beef research, educati…

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