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ST. JOSEPH, MO

Novel SRP® vaccine reduces Klebsiella mastitis in Iowa State Dairy Trial

A new vaccine based on Siderophore Receptor and Porin (SRP®) technology is showing considerable promise in reducing Klebsiella mastitis in dairy cows, based on data from an Iowa State University trial shared at the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants spring conference in Dallas.

Dr. Patrick Gorden, clinical professor of Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State, said the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacterial extract vaccine (Kleb-SRP) reduced the prevalence of Klebsiella mastitis by 71 percent in the vaccinated half of the herd. The Iowa State dairy herd was chosen for the trial due to an ongoing Klebsiella mastitis problem, which had persisted despite using multiple doses of E. coli core antigen vaccine annually.

In addition to prevalence reduction, the Kleb-SRP vaccine also reduced mastitis incidence, which accounts for recurring infections in a single dairy cow, by 76 percent. Milk production also increased in Kleb-SRP vaccinated cows by two pounds per cow per day, and somatic cell count was reduced by 42 percent, compared to the half of the herd not receiving Kleb-SRP vaccine.

LISLE, IL

Material from golf balls found in hash browns

Golf balls that were inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make hash browns have triggered a voluntary recall by McCain Foods USA  of its retail, frozen hash brown products. While no injuries associated with consumption of extraneous materials in the product have been reported, the company is pulling the following products: Roundy's Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 007203649020).

The Roundy's products were distributed at Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick 'n Save supermarkets in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. Distribution occurred after the date of January 19, 2017. No other products under the respective brands are impacted by this recall.

The products being recalled were manufactured on January 19, 2017. The production code date is B170119 and can be found on the back of the packaging. Any product with a different production code date is not impacted by this recall.

MUSCATINE, IA

Monsanto opens $50M plant expansion

Monsanto has completed a $50 million expansion at its Muscatine, IA, facility. Company officials say the project will expand the formulations and packaging capacity in support of Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant trait technologies rollout.

Open since 1961, the Muscatine facility employs 400 full-time workers. It produces both selective chemistry products and glyphosate-based herbicide products in Monsanto's crop protection portfolio including Warrant, Degree, Harness, Roundup WeatherMax and XtendiMax.

The dicamba-based Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System is designed to provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of weeds, especially tough-to-manage and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

MADISON, WI

Baldwin encourages Perdue to visit WI dairy farmers

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is supporting President Donald Trump's pick for agriculture secretary and encouraging him to help resolve an international dairy dispute hurting Wisconsin farmers.

Baldwin said April 24 that one of Sonny Perdue's first trips as U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary should be to Wisconsin.

Dozens of dairy farmers are losing a market for ultra-filtered milk due to a new Canadian trade policy taking effect May 1. New York dairy farmers face the same problem.

Baldwin says Perdue and the Trump administration should move quickly to make Canada rescind its policy and immediately help affected Wisconsin dairy farmers.

During a visit to Wisconsin last week Trump called the Canadian trade policy "very, very unfair" and promised to find a solution.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

First farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta

The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits will go to trial on this week against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports.

The lawsuits allege Syngenta's move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn and resulted in price drops that hurt all producers. Court filings show Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew Chinese approval was going to be a problem.

Plaintiffs' experts estimate the economic damage at about $5 billion, though Syngenta denies its actions caused any losses for farmers.

Monday's trial in state court in Minneapolis will mark the first test case. The second goes to trial in federal court in Kansas City, KS, on June 5. The two cases are meant to provide guidance for how the complex web of litigation in state and federal courts could be resolved.

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