Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity (SCRUB) Agriculture Curriculum Published

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A series of farm biosecurity learning modules were developed during a five-year livestock biosecurity grant project directed by UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Associate Professor Julie Smith.

Also part of the grant project and recently published, the SCRUB (Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity) curriculum contains modules and activities that complement the biosecurity learning modules. The SCRUB curriculum links hands-on learning with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. They incorporate science into fun activities to engage youth in grades 6 to 12 who have an existing interest in animal science. Continue reading “Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity (SCRUB) Agriculture Curriculum Published”

Vermont Dairy Mapping Project Aims to Help Secure the New England Milk Supply

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New England’s dairy milk supply is a vast network of production, processing and delivery of raw milk and products that crosses several state borders. Vermont is New England’s dairy powerhouse, producing 2.5 billion pounds of milk for the regional milkshed in 2022, from farms large and small, conventional, and certified organic. Continue reading “Vermont Dairy Mapping Project Aims to Help Secure the New England Milk Supply”

Backyard Chicken Salmonella Sampling Manuscript Accepted

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Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences Assistant Professor Andrea Etter’s lab had their first manuscript accepted for publication in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, detailing the results from three years of adult backyard chicken sampling for Salmonella enterica. This study was funded by Hatch funds from the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station. Continue reading “Backyard Chicken Salmonella Sampling Manuscript Accepted”