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This article was #2 in PDmag's Top 5 most-well read New Technology articles in 2010.

Summary: The Walkease hoof block, created by Shoof International, is made from ethylene vinyl acetate, or EVA foam. The new foam hoof block sticks to a hoof with a one-step “super glue” for anywhere from one week to 14 days. It was designed to give producers and veterinarians an option for an early intervention hoof care treatment.

Because this article was so popular, we asked Katie Klessig of ANIMART Inc. some follow-up questions:

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On July 6, a Union County Grand Jury cleared Gary Conklin, co-owner of Conklin Dairy Cattle Sales LLC in Plain City, Ohio, and others, of allegations of animal abuse brought about by the Mercy for Animals YouTube video release on May 26. Released of all charges, Conklin talked freely with Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee, answering the questions that follow.

How were you made aware of the video?

CONKLIN: I first learned of the video when a reporter called and asked if I was aware of the video to be released at a later date. They alluded that it would be posted to YouTube in the next 24 hours. I went home and saw it that night on YouTube.

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Throughout the history of wage and employment law in the U.S., agriculture has always been treated differently than any other industry. Originally, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which established national minimum wage and overtime requirements, exempted agriculture from both minimum wage and overtime requirements. While the minimum wage exemption has largely been repealed, federal law still exempts agriculture from overtime.

Presently, only California, Hawaii and Maryland require overtime pay for agricultural workers. Wisconsin required overtime for farm workers, but repealed the requirement in 2003. Currently, advocates in California are seeking to increase overtime pay for farm workers, and advocates in New York want to apply overtime pay in agriculture for the first time.

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This pdf lays out three of the most popular plans for dairy reform and compares them side-by-side, issue-by-issue.

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In response to the Obama administration’s request to look into antitrust enforcement issues, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a series of joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century.

The dairy workshop, held on June 25 in Madison, Wisconsin, was the third of five scheduled workshops. Other topics include agronomy, poultry, livestock and margins.

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