April 23, 2014

USDA Creates Response To PEDV

USDA has announced a coordinated response to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus and the Swine Delta Coronavirus. The plan includes required reporting of the disease. Pork Checkoff vice president of science and technology Dr. Paul Sundberg is looking for more details on this plan:

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USDA will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles and other equipment leaving affected premises. Movements of pigs will still be allowed. The impact on pork producers aren’t known at this time

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While protocols are in place that deal with the current PEDV issue – Sundberg says the U.S. response must look to the future

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Sundberg says the abilities of the veterinary diagnostic labs must also be enhanced – improving communication and preventing the spread of disease. With required reporting – Sundberg says it would be beneficial if USDA could help defray additional producer costs.


North Dakota State University To Host Bio-Industry Summit

The NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, Bioscience Association of North Dakota, Red River Valley Research Corridor and North Dakota Commerce Department are set to host a conference on the biofuels industry.  The meeting, which is titled “The Future of the Bio-Industry Summit” will be held May 21st.  The conference will combine the talents of the agricultural, technological and business communities to discuss what the future hold for this budding industry

The theme of the summit is “Feed, Fuel, Heal and Build the World.” It will explore advances, trends and opportunities in bioenergy, bioproducts, biomaterials, biotechnology, and biomedical technology and products.

“The summit was developed to show the breadth of products that can be created from biological materials, the opportunities that exist for bio-based industry, and some of the local bio-industries and research,” says NDSU professor and Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang, who organized the event. “The summit features national and local speakers with ample time for networking.”

The summit is designed to answer questions on how organic-based technology serves as an economic driver in the region, and how innovators and economic developers can capitalize on the opportunities in the region’s abundant resources.

The summit will open with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m., followed by a welcome and summit overview from NDSU President Dean Bresciani; Ken Grafton, NDSU’s vice president for Agriculture, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, and director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station; and John Ballentine of the Bioscience Association of North Dakota.

Steve Padgette, vice president of biotechnology at Monsanto, will be the keynote speaker. He will speak at 8:45 a.m.

Other speakers and their topics are:

  • Cathy Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture for Biotechnology Industry Organization – the state of the bioindustry
  • Sandra Broekema, Great River Energy, and Neil Doty, Corn Utilization Council – bio-based product potential
  • Edward Glatzer, managing director of technology and analysis at IHS Chemical – economic potential of ethanol derivatives and other biochemcials
  • Marvin Duncan, former agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Chief Economist – evaluating product opportunities
  • Chad Ulven, c2renew Corp., and Richard Glynn, Avianax LLC – homegrown companies and their strategies for success
  • Brendan Jordan, vice president of the Great Plains Institute – advancing the biochemical industry
  • Kelly Rusch, NDSU vice president for Research and Creative Activity, and Michael Moore, University of North Dakota associate vice president for IP Commercialization and Economic Development  – research activities

The cost to attend the summit is $100 if you register by April 30 and $125 after that date. Students may attend free of charge.

For more information, contact Hellevang at (701) 231-7243 or kenneth.hellevang@ndsu.edu.

Visit http://www.theresearchcorridor.com/bioindustrysummit to register.


North Dakota Congressman Cramer To Host Farm Bill Seminar

Congressman Kevin Cramer announced he will bring two senior staff members of the House Agriculture Committee to Fargo for a public Farm Bill seminar and question-and-answer session. Matt Schertz, senior professional staff member, and Bart Fischer, chief economist of the Committee, will answer questions on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill for agriculture representatives, crop insurance agents, and the public.

“Since the farm bill was signed into law, many agriculture professionals have questions on how it is being implemented. With the expanded crop insurance options presented in the new Farm Bill, farmers are confronted with decisions which will have multi-year consequences. In bringing to North Dakota two of the experts most involved in drafting and negotiating the Farm Bill, my hope is to provide answers and guidance,” said Cramer.

Event details are below:

Friday, May 2

 Seminar and Q&A Session with Senior Agriculture Committee Staff

10:00am to 12:00pm

Auditorium, Room 100

1305 19th Ave North