• Paula Mohr

    DEA Goes After Veterinarians In Trucks

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 26, 2013

    In its ongoing effort to curtail illegal drug use, transport and smuggling, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is going after those folks who for decades have traveled openly with antibiotics, painkillers, vaccines and other subcutaneous injections: Veterinarians. Yes, DEA's interpretation of the Controlled Substance Act stretches to those who care for and treat 1,500-pound patients in pens and fields. DEA has said that federal regulations make it illegal for veterinary…

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    The White Stuff Can Go

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 19, 2013

    Like most Minnesotans, I am tired of the snow. I am finally admitting that. I have remained stalwart throughout the winter and into March as we got hit again and again with measurable white stuff. I kept my 'happy face' on while my family and I shoveled our long driveway, telling myself and my grumbling teen that this was wonderful family bonding-time. The latter was short-lived. Unless we had snowball fights while shoveling. Which we did Thursday night. Depending…

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    Will The Dairy Industry Wipe Out Johne's?

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 11, 2013

    USDA recently announced a new way of detecting Johne's disease in cattle. Johne's (pronounced YO-knees), also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death. Microbiologists at the Agricultural Research Service National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, discovered an antibody that's…

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    Bees: Agriculture's 'Canary In The Coal Mine?'

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 5, 2013

    Science and innovation has advanced agriculture immensely for more than a century. If it hadn't, more people would still be raising and storing their own food. Yet, with the adoption of new methods and products comes responsibility. No matter our product price or political persuasion. Farmers today are living on the cusp of some serious agronomic and environmental issues: weed-resistant herbicides, nutrient runoff, water quality. You could add climate change if you wish. And…

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    'Feedin' A Nation' With Social Media

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     by Paula Mohr
     on April 1, 2013

    I'm on the Internet fairly regularly, mostly for my job. I am the recipient of a lot of interesting emails. I blog and I post on my own Facebook page. I might twitter occasionally, too. Recently, I received a post on Facebook featured a You Tube video that was a parody on the Beach Boys' song "Good Vibrations" that's entitled "Feedin' A Nation." The words of the song are re-written to highlight dairy farming. It's a Midwest Dairy Video. I…

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