Daily Archives: October 17, 2006

eMerge Interactive, Inc. to Merge With Prime BioSolutions, LLC

eMerge Interactive, Inc. to Merge With Prime BioSolutions, LLC

Yahoo Finance

SEBASTIAN, Fla. and OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — eMerge Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq: EMRG – News; “eMerge”) and the sole member of PRIME BioSolutions, LLC (“PRIME”) jointly announced that today they signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which PRIME will be merged into a subsidiary of eMerge. Upon completion of the transaction, eMerge will change its name to PRIME BioSolutions, Inc. (the “Company”) and will be headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Canadian farmer launches mad cow class action lawsuit

Canadian farmer launches mad cow class action lawsuit

ABC News (AU)

A Quebec farmer asked a court for permission to launch a class action suit against the Canadian Government and an Australian feed producer, saying their negligence sparked a recent mad cow crisis in Canada.

If approved, the case would be the first in Canada since a case of mad cow disease was discovered in Canada in May 2003, prompting more than 30 countries to ban Canadian beef imports.

It could also lead to similar lawsuits across the country.

Rancher Donald Berneche said in court documents that embargoes on Canadian beef cost him about $C100,000 ($A116.4).

Some 20,000 Quebec farmers likely to be represented in the suit could claim as much as $C20 billion ($A23.29 billion).

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Livestock Grants Still Available

Livestock Grants Still Available

KOMU (MO)

Despite the recent rain Missouri farmers are still feeling the effects of this year’s drought.

For the past two years drought has plagued Missouri farmers. Now a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is available to help livestock farmers.

Jack Wordelman has been farming cattle since he was a child. He’s one of many Missouri farmers who qualify for the livestock assistance grant program. The program is designed to help Missouri livestock producers recover losses due to drought conditions. But not everyone thinks the USDA is doing enough to help.

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Extruded Feeds

Extruded Feeds

The Horse

Karen Briggs

The first time you saw extruded feed, you probably thought, “Ick. Dog food!” The nondescript brown lumps do look a lot like your hound’s kibble, or some sort of uninspired version of Cocoa Puffs, and in fact they’re made by the same process–but as horse feeds go, they’re actually quite unique. Those puffed-up nuggets of grain can slow down your horse’s rate of feed intake and reduce the risk of choke and colic, and their superior digestibility can help horses extract more energy from less feed.

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FDA ready to back marketing of food from cloned animals

FDA ready to back marketing of food from cloned animals

Agency points to new data showing milk, meat are safe for consumption

By RICK WEISS

Washington Post

WASHINGTON – Three years after the Food and Drug Administration first hinted that it might permit the sale of milk and meat from cloned animals, prompting public reactions that ranged from curiosity to disgust, the agency is poised to endorse marketing of the mass-produced animals for public consumption.

The decision, expected by the end of this year, is based largely on new data indicating that milk and meat from cloned livestock and their offspring pose no unique risks to consumers.

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Organic food is worth the extra cost

Organic food is worth the extra cost

Tulare Advance-Register (CA)

Ten years ago, I joined an organic food production co-op. It was the only way I could get fresh organic produce on a regular basis.

For a flat fee, I received a weekly delivery of organic vegetables or fruits during the growing season. Unfortunately, you had to accept whatever they gave you, and you tended to get whatever crop happened to come in that week.

So I’d go to my front porch on Wednesday morning and find a bushel of squash, okra or spinach. You can imagine how this might challenge one’s culinary creativity, especially for someone like me who has almost no cooking skills.

It wasn’t very convenient or efficient, but I supported the co-op anyway, partly because at the time organic farmers weren’t welcome to sell their produce to the big retailers, and the co-op was the only way they could stay in business.

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DNA Markers Developed to Improve Beef Quality

DNA Markers Developed to Improve Beef Quality

by: Michael P. Heaton, Ph.D

Cattle Today

Researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., are developing a set of 100 DNA markers that will provide essential genetic information for improving food safety and beef quality in North American beef and dairy cattle. This powerful set of markers has been thoroughly screened to accomplish both DNA fingerprinting and parentage testing in essentially all U.S. beef and dairy populations an ability that only a small fraction of known DNA markers have.

One key to success has been the careful sampling of U.S. beef and dairy populations to create a test panel representing the vast majority of U.S. cattle. A group of 216 diverse sires from 19 beef breeds and four dairy breeds was selected for marker testing. Their DNA is being sequenced in selected regions and markers are chosen that work well for the entire group. The rationale is this: if the markers perform well in this diverse group of 216 sires, they will work well in most U.S. cattle herds and beyond.

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