Environment
Aug. 14, 2013, Guelph, ON - The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) has announced that the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) is back for 2013 with renewed funding from Environment Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources.Farmers will be able to access cost-share funding for on-farm…
May 17, 2013. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), has announced that seven innovative environmental projects will benefit from more than $32 million in research funding over five years, via the new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) initiative. The funding will support teams composed of…
Every summer, Canadian poultry farms experience some degree of heat stress. High temperatures (those above 30°C), combined with elevated humidity, can result in reduced feed intake and possibly heat prostration mortality. During times of heat stress, flock performance and health may be compromised by reduced intake of vitamins and minerals.…
Poultry keeping is all about the chickens. Providing a comfortable house for them and looking after them properly is a basic requirement, and it is also important to work economically and neatly. Bird-focused poultry farming is all about how to house and care for chickens in the best possible way,…
According to a 2011 bulletin by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Salmonella causes an estimated 1.2 million human illnesses in the United States each year involving 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. People infected with this bacterium most commonly develop diarrhea, fever, vomiting and abdominal cramps, but infections can be…
October 25, 2012 - The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAFBC) will contribute up to $1,529,810 toward 29 new projects to help the B.C. agri-food industry seize opportunities and explore innovative ideas. The list includes new projects contracted between May 1 and August 31, 2012. Funding for these projects is…
June 29, 2012 - Natural compounds may offer an alternative to certain antibiotics in the future for treating young animals that are susceptible to bacterial infections, thanks to work by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in…
June 21, 2012 - Elevated temperature above 30°C combined with elevated humidity results in reduced feed intake and possibly heat prostration mortality in poultry. As well, flock performance and health may be compromised with reduced intake of vitamins and minerals. Research shows that thiamin requirements double during heat stress, and…
May 28, 2012 - Senators in the US Senate have proposed setting a uniform national standard for the treatment of egg-laying hens that would reduce different state standards. According to an article on The Hill, Senator Dianne Feinstein has said that six states have their own standards, with 18 others…
The Poultry Industry Council recently held a “Science in the Pub” seminar that aimed to challenge current knowledge about cleaning and disinfecting poultry barns, and how these processes may be affecting the birds’ immunity and ability to handle pathogens. Dr. Shayan Sharif, an immunologist with the Department of Pathobiology at…
As with many things in life, including farming, quality matters. Poultry producers carefully manage feed quality, conditions in the barn, and many other factors, but water quality needs more attention, says Charlie Hayes, president at Advanced Treatment Technologies (ATT) in North Carolina. “After spending ten years in the poultry industry…
Air pollution is increasingly being linked to human health effects in terms of cost of illness as well as the occurrences of pulmonary and cardiac diseases. Ammonia and fine particulate matter are two contaminants that are emitted by agricultural operations and that contribute to the general burden of illness due…
This book provides information on the needs and responses of poultry to aspects of the climatic environment, by means of reviews of the scientific literature. Biological responses to environmental factors are discussed, as well as some principles of the movement of air through and within buildings. Many of the principles…
Dec. 1, 2010 – Rain gardens are increasingly popular with homeowners and municipalities and are mandatory for many communities nationally. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are finding ways to improve rain gardens so they not only reduce runoff, but also keep toxic metals out of storm drains.
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