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A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his colleagues have discovered key gene and chemical interactions that allow Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 bacteria to colonize the gut of cattle. The animals not only host, but can shed the deadly human pathogen.

Many E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have been associated with contaminated meat products and cross contamination of produce crops. Because the bacteria do not cause cattle to show clinical symptoms of illness, and due to other unknown variables, they can be hard to detect within cattle and the environment.

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John Cope

Cumberland County’s John Cope has been named the winner of the 2010 Obie Award, the top honor of the All-American Dairy Show. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding will present the award at the show’s “got milk?” banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Cope, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, is a long-time leader in the Pennsylvania dairy industry and the state and national Holstein communities.

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For Charles Coblentz, dairy farming is the fulfillment of a boyhood dream.

“I can remember working for money when I was 5 years old,” Charles said. “Forty-seven years later I bought the farm that I picked cotton on.”

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Dairy Interactive, LLC is proud to announce the launch of its new online video series, "Details for Dairy."

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The “how-tos” of creating a farm balance sheet will be the topic of a free webinar presented Oct. 5 by Penn State Dairy Alliance.

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