Feb 16: Delmarva Dairy Day

January 10, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Delmarva Dairy Day returns to Hartly Fire Hall in Hartly, Delaware this year on Thursday February 16, 2012 from 9:30 am- 2:30 pm.  The educational program features well known experts from across the region speaking on current issues facing the industry and an opportunity for nutrient management certification credits.

Marco Lopez from Vicor will be speaking on Optimal Parlor Techniques.  Jon Garber, from University of Pennsylvania will cover Protocols for Optimizing Somatic Cell Counts.  Following lunch by the Ladies Auxiliary and visiting with exhibitors and sponsors, Eric Young from the Miner Institute will talk about Best Nutrient Management Practices for the Crop, Cow and Farm followed by a talk from Eric Reid of Old Mill Troy on Maximizing Milk Production Through Forage Quality.  1.0 Delaware Nutrient Management certification credits will be awarded to attendees.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with dairy industry vendors throughout the day and the University of Delaware will be offering tastes of their University of Delaware Creamery ice cream, manufactured at the UDairy Creamery on campus from milk produced by the UD dairy herd located in Newark.

Program registration is free and open to any producer or industry professional on the shore however attendees are asked to RSVP to Carol Hrupsa, at (302) 730-4000 or carolm@udel.edu by February 3rd so that they have an accurate count for set up and lunches.  If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please notify Carol in advance so that your needs can be accommodated.

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.  Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.  It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

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Oct. 28: Friends of Ag

October 18, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Friends of Ag Breakfast Series hosted by UD Cooperative Extension will continue on Friday, October 28 at 7:15 a.m. at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, Delaware. The speaker will be Dr. Limin Kung, S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Kung’s presentation, “Ruminants: Metabolic Marvels of Nature,” will focus on the unique metabolism of ruminant animals explaining how they develop their digestive processes and how they digest and process the feeds that are offered to them. You will NOT want to miss Dr. Kung’s Cool Cow Facts!

View the Program Flyer for more information and the registration form. –>10.28.2011 Friends of Ag  Registration for each breakfast is $20.

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Delaware agriculture is an $8 billion industry, according to new UD study

March 24, 2011 under CANR News

Agriculture is an $8 billion industry in Delaware, according to a recent study published by the Department of Food and Resource Economics in the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The study — conducted by UD faculty members Titus Awokuse and Tom Ilvento, with help from graduate student Zachary Johnston — used input-output analysis, taking into account the market value of products sold from on-farm production, revenue from processing and manufacturing of agricultural products, and inter-industry linkages to determine the value added to the economy.

A study of this magnitude had not been conducted since the early 1980s. According to the authors, this new report is much more accurate in its calculations for the true impact of agriculture in Delaware.

Historically, $1.1 billion has been the most commonly cited number for the impact of agriculture in Delaware. “But this is the total market value of agricultural products sold at the farm level, just a small piece of the picture,” according to Awokuse, associate professor and director of graduate studies for food and resource economics.

The new report shows that the processing of farm products adds a previously unaccounted for $3.8 billion. Forestry production and processing add an additional $831 million, with ag-related services (i.e. crop dusting, ditch digging) adding $28 million.

The research project was commissioned by Robin Morgan, dean of the college. “This study was needed because the impact of agriculture in Delaware is much larger than farm receipts and (the impact) should account for processing of agricultural products. Agriculture is a large and vital part of Delaware’s economy, and our understanding of its impact needs to be as accurate as possible,” says Morgan.

In addition to the total industry impact, the report provides separate results by county and for several key agricultural commodities: poultry, dairy, fruits and vegetables, corn, soybeans, wheat, greenhouse, nursery and horticultural products.

With Delaware’s long history of poultry production, it was no surprise to the authors that the majority of the economic value of agriculture comes from the production and processing of poultry products, with an industry output of $3.2 billion and over 13,000 jobs.

The report also provides a summary of statistics relative to the changing face of agriculture in Delaware, noting there are fewer farms in Delaware, but the size and productivity of farming operations has increased over time.

Awokuse notes that this trend is in large part because “both technological and biological innovations within agriculture now allow a single operator to be more productive and maintain a larger operation, hence the consolidation of farms across the state.”

And, according to the authors, the state of Delaware agriculture will continue to change.

“Farmers are being asked to produce more on less and less acreage and they turn to science and technology to make that happen. Agriculture is a modern, efficient, technologically advanced industry, even if the image is still rooted in a 19th century image of farming,” says Ilvento, professor and chair of the Department of Food and Resource Economics. “Changing that image, assisting farmers to find modern solutions, and promoting the importance of agriculture — that’s what our college is all about.”

A full version of the report can be viewed online.

This article can also be viewed online on UDaily by clicking here.

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Alumna named publisher of ag magazine

February 10, 2011 under CANR News

Karen Knutsen, AG ’91, has been named publisher of Holstein World magazine, which serves as a historical and current resource reference for Holstein cattle, the world’s highest production dairy animal.

Knutsen said of the honor, “It’s a mixed bag of emotions, I’m very, very honored to be in this position because I’m the first non-family member to be named publisher in the magazine’s 108 year history. I’m also very excited about the new challenges I’ll face in this position and the ways that Holstein World can grow in the future.”

Having been around cattle all her life, with her family owning Lovdal Farms in Rising Sun, Maryland, Knutsen said that working in the Holstein industry is something that she had always wanted.

After graduating from UD with a degree in animal science, Knutsen went to work at Perdue Farms for just under two years, but knew that she “always wanted to get back in the Holstein industry, that’s how I grew up and that’s what I wanted to be involved in.”

In 2002, Knutsen arrived at Holstein World as a special projects coordinator, and within 3 years, had become the magazine’s editor. Now, she has worked her way up to the position of publisher.

Knutsen will have many responsibilities as publisher of Holstein World, including management of the Holstein World sales and production teams. She will also work on special projects with different state associations, and work with sales managers for on-line projects.

Said Knutsen of all of this new responsibility, “It’s very exciting. That’s the great thing about the dairy industry, it’s changing so rapidly and the way we promote and market registered genetics is always changing, so you’re constantly learning new things and trying to pass those ideas onto dairy farmers to give them more merchandising options.”

Holstein World is currently the most global of any dairy publications, with over 10,000 subscribers in more than 55 countries.

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UD prof pioneers new generation of lameness detection in cattle

October 4, 2010 under CANR News

In the United States, approximately one in five dairy cattle have a detrimental physical condition called lameness, says Robert Dyer, associate professor of large animal immunology, infectious disease and production medicine at the University of Delaware and a large animal veterinarian.

Fortunately, Dyer and his colleagues at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) are continually updating a computerized system that aids in the early detection of lameness, in hopes of saving the dairy industry billions of dollars each year.

Read the full story on UDaily by clicking here.

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