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2008 Dairy Survey

virtual dairy cattle encyclopedia of reproduction

CornPicker for Silage Hybrids

spartan nutrient cycle card

New Responsibilities Announced

Interim Chair of Animal Science Department Named

Dr. Janice Swanson was named acting chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU).

Swanson succeeds Dr. Karen Plaut who resigned her position as of May 15 to accept a position at Purdue University. Swanson currently serves as director of Animal Welfare at MSU, where she coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of farm animal behavior and well-being with a focus on social responsibility in the food system. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Swanson received a Ph.D. in applied animal ethology from the University of Maryland and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from the University of Connecticut. Her professional employment includes 5 years with the USDA Animal Welfare Information Center before joining the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University.

Swanson was appointed as interim department head at Kansas State in August 2004 and joined the MSU faculty in July 2007.

Powers heads the Ag Institute

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) named Wendy Powers, Ph.D., director of its new Institute for Enhancing Michigan's First Green Industry: Agriculture and Agribusiness. Powers is a professor in the Departments of Animal Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University and is MSU's director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture.

The new institute is one of four that have emerged from the statewide restructuring of MSUE.

In her new role, Powers will be responsible for directing education efforts across all agriculture and agribusiness opportunities and issues. She will lead a team of MSU Extension educators spread across all 83 Michigan counties and work closely with MSU faculty members to help define the hot-button issues for agriculture throughout the state. In addition, she will remain director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture.

Powers joined Michigan State University in 2006. She has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree and doctorate degree from the University of Florida. Prior to joining MSU, she was an associate professor with Iowa State University.

Curent MDR articles

Weather Data from Enviro-weather Program
Weather information and decision-making tools for agricultural producers.

Time Management for Dairy Cows
Behavioral routines of dairy cows to determine the amount of time spent on various activities.

New Responsibilities Announced
Drs. Janice Swanson and Wendy Powers assume new positions.

Study Abroad to Holland & Belgium
Study abroad program focusing on dairy husbandry and environmental stewardship.

Food Animal Vets Are Coming
Time for CVM to consider the 5th group of applicants as Production Animal Scholars.

NMC Meeting -- September 8-9
Regional NMC Meeting in Grand Rapids.

Winter Dairy
Program -- 2010

Reactions from attendees on the 2010 program.

Proactive Farm Management
A business plan to empower your farm management.

Protect Your Herd
Possible chemical contaminants that could impact the health of your animals.

Elimination of Johne's Disease?
Felt decrease in incidence but never a full elimination.

Capturing Manure Nutrients
Land-applied manure nutrients in the root zone.

KBS Gets LEED Certification
The first agricultural building in North America to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Spartan Dairy 3 Is Ready
Events of the season.

Michigan Milk
Market Update

Preliminary data from Michigan dairy farms start to put things in perspective.