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October 2014 News

Sugar-free candy not a sweet treat for dogs, veterinarian warns
Sugar substitute xylitol is becoming very popular, especially for diabetics, but a Kansas State University veterinarian warns that the product can be deadly for dogs.

Let kids enjoy the fruits of their labor, says dietitian
Kansas State University dietitian says kids should get to enjoy some of the candy earned while trick-or-treating, as long as it's part of a balanced diet.

Livestock economist discusses mandatory country-of-origin labeling
Glynn Tonsor, K-State Research and Extension livestock economist, has studied mandatory country-of-origin labeling. He discusses consumer demand influence and potential outcomes to the ongoing situation.

Evaluating cattle feeding sites vital to producers
For Kansas' cattle producers, building new feeding facilities can mean shelling out serious cash. However, Ron Graber, Kansas State University watershed extension specialist, said it's an investment that pays for itself for years to come.

Keeping food safe: Prevention better than response
Kansas State University food scientists discuss recent FDA revisions that enhance protection from foodborne illnesses.

Kansas grocer forms unique relationship with local farmers
Tim White knows local food systems rely on trust and working together.

Managing the herd when pasture is limited
Jaymelynn Farney, K-State beef systems specialist, said making the decision to put cows in confinement could help producers stay in the business. Although this past summer experienced more moisture compared to summers the last few years, consecutive years of drought has led to less overall acreage, or pounds of forage for cattle to graze, and competition for crop farming ground. 

Partnership with national laboratory brings latest diagnostic tests to university
A Kansas State University veterinary medicine team is partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to bring the latest diagnostic tools to the university and provide opportunities for students.

A trifecta of water-planning tools
Fall is a good time for irrigators to plan future cropping systems, and Kansas State University's Mobile Irrigation Lab has a variety of online tools that can help.

Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses
By studying a protein called beta-1,3-glucan recognition protein in the blood of a caterpillar, Kansas State University researchers have found a genetic mechanism that may help trigger an insect's immune system into killing pathogens in the insect's blood.

New NBAF video shows design features
An informative fly-through video of the National Bio and Agro-defense facility, or NBAF, has been posted online at http://www.k-state.edu/nbaf/.

BCI develops training modules in collaboration with $25 million research effort
The Beef Cattle Institute has released a new series of online training modules that focus on E. coli prevention in beef cattle.

Report projects positive outlook for pork producers and consumers
The U.S. pork industry today is small by historic standards. But, signs of producers holding back more females to increase the breeding herd mean the industry is in the process of expanding, which could put more pounds of pork in grocery stores by the middle of next year, said Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for K-State Research and Extension.

Food animal production faces challenges with new antibiotic regulations
New U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations will phase out the use of growth promotion indications in medically important antibiotics. Michael Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, explains some of the changes producers and veterinarians can expect to see as a result of the new regulations.