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TAWC recognized with major American Water Resources Association award

TAWC recognized with major American Water Resources Association award

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, a research project made up of producers, industries, universities, and government agencies, has received the American Water Resources Association’s ‘Integrated Water Resources Management Award.’  The award will be presented at the group’s annual conference in November in Portland.  more »

 

Food Safety; Zoetis provides research gift for CASNR Salmonella research

Food Safety; Zoetis provides research gift for CASNR Salmonella research

A food safety and public health research team with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has received $100,000 for Salmonella research from animal-health company Zoetis. The research funds will help provide resources to better understand and describe the ecology of Salmonella in cattle populations, as well as discover and evaluate tools that might ultimately result in a safer food supply, officials with the Madison, N.J.-based firm said today (May 22).  more »

 

Beef industry sharply reduces E. coli; More progress needed with salmonella

Beef industry sharply reduces E. coli; More progress needed with salmonella

Food safety experts report that the nation’s beef industry has done a remarkable job of dealing with carcass contamination involving E. coli. Incidences of E. coli O157 positives in ground beef sampling have dropped by more than 90 percent in the last decade, but the same decline hasn’t been seen in the incidence of Salmonella in ground beef.  more »

 

AFS research posters take stage at Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference

AFS research posters take stage at Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference

Two graduate students with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences ranked in the top five of research poster competitors at the Plains Nutrition Council’s Spring Conference last week in San Antonio. Tech’s Andrew Hosford and Tyler Harris received $1,000 scholarship awards for their academic efforts.  more »

 

Snowboarder Magazine; Tech prof lauds new plant-based sunglass lens use

Snowboarder Magazine; Tech prof lauds new plant-based sunglass lens use

Snowboarder magazine’s website reports today (Mar. 21) that Zeal Optics is introducing one of the world’s first sunglass lens using a plant-based bonding agent, replacing a petroleum-based bonder. With the new e-llume lenses, the Boulder, Colo.-based company now believes that it leads the way towards completely removing crude oil from sunglass production.  more »

 

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

A professor of food safety and public health with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been appointed to a national committee that will provide recommendations on microbial criteria of food. The selection of Guy Loneragan to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods was announced today (Mar. 1) by USDA officials.  more »

 

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

Rate of Return; Categorizing farms according to size is tough row to hoe

It seems simple enough. What is a farm? The U.S. Agriculture Department defines it as “any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year.” “Very large farms” are defined as having gross sales of more than $500,000.  more »