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September 2014 News


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. 

Water research tackles growing grassland threat: trees
Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests.

BVD testing could pay off big
A Kansas State University veterinarian reviews a new study about the economic value of testing calves for bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD.

University awarded $50 million competitive grant to support fourth federal research lab, focused on sustainable intensification
Kansas State University has been awarded a $50 million grant to establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification. The lab will be the global leader on increasing food production with limited resources and reduced stress on the environment. It is the fourth Feed the Future Innovation Lab awarded to Kansas State University.

K-State crops team wins Australian Universities Crops Competition
Six members of the Kansas State University Crops Team recently returned from a study trip to Australia where they also took first place in the Australian Universities Crops Competition.

CEEZAD researchers conducting surveillance on swine influenza viruses to support collaborative project with St. Jude Children's Hospital
Juergen Richt and Wenjun Ma have obtained a seven-year $1,078,543 National Institutes of Health grant to fund the project "Swine Influenza Syndromic Surveillance and Research." The collaborative project is being conducted with St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Keeping an eye on Ukraine, other Black Sea countries' wheat markets
The growing importance of wheat production from Black Sea-area countries Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan on the world market has Daniel O'Brien keeping a close watch on geopolitical events there – and he's encouraging U.S. wheat producers to do the same.

Best water management under limited irrigation
A Kansas State University expert explains crop watering approaches and which has more favorable economic returns when water availability is limited.

Veterinary pharmacologist warns that eggs from backyard chickens pose potential consumption problems
A pharmacologist at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, warns that if you are raising chickens in your backyard, don't consume their eggs if the animals have been taking medication.

Beef Cattle Institute gives Kansas State Fair attendees realistic birthing simulation via artificial cow
Fairgoers at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson are getting the opportunity to learn about the birthing process in cattle with the help of a cow and calf simulator provided by Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute.

Beef animal welfare views: U.S. public vs. cattle producers
Preliminary results from a study led by Kansas State University researchers show how U.S. cow-calf producers and the public view animal welfare in the beef sector.

A new pest could pose problems for Kansas' sorghum harvest
The sugarcane aphid, also known as the sorghum aphid, was recently detected in Kansas for the first time ever. The aphid may pose a problem to Kansas' 165 million bushels of sorghum.

Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab announces selected projects
Project funding through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet has been announced. The projects will contribute to improving food security, household resilience and private sector growth in the Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger through the enhancement of production and value-added product development.

Kinesiology professor earns NIH grant to investigate high-intensity functional training in Army personnel
Kansas State University's Katie Heinrich and colleagues will use a more than $2.52 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to test the effects of high-intensity functional training compared to usual Army physical readiness training on changes in body composition, health and fitness among active duty military personnel.

Americans' taste for beef continues, even at historically high prices
Beef continues to be on shoppers' grocery lists, even as prices have soared to record highs this year. That says a lot about Americans' appetite for beef, said Kansas State University agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor.

Where you live may be putting you at risk for foodborne illness, researcher finds
Research from one of the only studies to use the same questionnaire in multiple countries finds that food safety education is lacking. Kansas State University researcher says improving education about food-handling practices may decrease foodborne illness, thus improving food security.

Kansas State University Global Campus offering its first massive open online course: Health and Wellness 101
The first massive open online course, or MOOC, being offered by Kansas State University Global Campus isHealth and Wellness 101: Everyday Small Changes.

Patent issued for research that alleviates pain in cattle
A U.S. patent was recently awarded for technology created by researchers at Kansas State University that improves the health and welfare of beef cattle and other ruminant animals suffering from lameness and following castration, dehorning and other painful but necessary management procedures.

What does 'the sustainable American dinner plate' look like?
A nutrition educator explains the revolution of foods and food choices on the American dinner table.

New gluten-free ingredient may cause allergic reaction
A popular legume used in other countries is showing up in more U.S. gluten-free products. A Kansas State University food safety specialist explains why people with peanut and soybean allergies need to be cautious.

Expedited beef traceback measures aimed to combat foodborne illness
New procedures would allow for immediate investigations to remove contaminated ground beef from the U.S. supply chain before it reaches consumers.