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As part of its ongoing commitment to invest in the future of the veterinary profession, Pfizer Animal Health announced the recipients of its second annual student scholarship program. Pfizer awarded $2,500 each to 300 second- and third-year veterinary students at accredited universities throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean, for a total of $750,000.

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Beef and forage producers now have more grazing and haying flexibility when using DuPont Velpar L herbicide for smutgrass control on Bermuda grass and bahiagrass acres. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted DuPont registration approval for a broader label that allows livestock to be grazed on pasture immediately following a broadcast application of Velpar L at rates of 4.5 pints per acre or less.

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With increasing public interest in farm animal handling practices, a new website – Dehorning.com – has been launched to share science-based information and facilitate discussion about cattle dehorning. The website is sponsored by H.W. Naylor Company, Inc.

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Three new faces were welcomed to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium Board of Directors at the WLIC Annual Meeting held March 1 at Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Brian Bolan from Wisconsin State Fair, Dan Sutherland from Johnsonville Sausage, and Tom DeMuth from AgSource were all welcomed to the Board of Directors. Dr. Thomas McKenna of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Richard Keller of Wisconsin Farmers Union were re-elected for their second term.

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Americans may have noticed a new social media trend this past year: more Facebook posts from the farm, more tweets from the tractor and more blogs from the back forty.

The timing of this social media "stampede" couldn’t be better, says Jeff Fowle, president of the AgChat Foundation. Celebrating its one-year anniversary today, the AgChat Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer organization formed to empower farmers and ranchers to effectively tell their stories using social media.

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Steve Schram, AgriLabs president and CEO, announced the winners of AgriLabs academic scholarships for 2011-2012.

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