Does He Support Your Career Goals?

Are You Choosing MPP or LGM for 2018?

Tips for Winter Respiratory Disease Prevention in Poultry




Does He Support Your Career Goals?
Women are slowly beginning to gain traction in the Ag industry. You can see that this once male-dominated industry has almost three times the number of female farmers from 1978 to 2007. However, based on the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, the numbers of female farm operators have dropped from 985,192 in 2007 to 969,672 in 2012.

I read an article from Harvard Business Review that might shed some light as to why we're losing women in this industry. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox quotes a LinkedIn article by Melinda Gates, that says the "American workplace was set up based on the assumption that employees had partners who would stay home to do the unpaid work." Wittenberg-Cox also adds that many women are being sent into marriages that are considered equal, as long as the wife's career does not interfere with that of her husband's.

Wittenberg-Cox linked a study by Pamela Stone and Meg Lovejoy which shows that "husbands are a key factor in two-thirds of women's decisions to quit the workforce." This may be because wives are supposed to take care of the parenting, as women are considered more as nurturers.

Harvard Business School also did a study that involved Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. Data showed that only 7% of Gen X and Baby Boomer women think their career should be considered more important than that of their spouse. This may come as a shock to many, but more than 70% of male Baby Boomers and Gen Xers believe their career is more important than their significant others'.

Ladies, if you plan to marry, make sure that your partner is super supportive of your career goals. If you can't find a man like that, then perhaps it would be wise to stay single.
Maria Codilla is a Talent Scout for Continental Search. She handles direct-to-farm dairy placements. She is also Content Manager for the Animal Science Monitor. With her background in medical science and nutrition, she will make a great addition to the team. To find out more about the job opening she recruits for, you can reach her at or at 302-273-0709.


Are You Choosing MPP or LGM for 2018?
With 2017 about to be over, producers have a few weeks to decide if they want to re-enroll in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy or go for the Livestock Gross Margin insurance program instead. Just in case producers have had their heads buried in managing their operations this year, Sonny Perdue, who is the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, announced that it would be possible to opt-out of the MPP program early this year.

According to eDairyNews, farmers have until December 15, 2017 to enroll in the Margin Protection Program. Those who would like to continue coverage in 2018 can follow the same process. Please keep in mind that those who would like to take a pass do not have to fill out any paperwork to opt-out of the program. However, they will still have to pay for 2017 coverage rates.

Alan Zepp, who is a Center for Dairy Excellence risk management specialist, says that the MPP was designed to protect farmers against catastrophes. While LGM-Dairy has been providing better protection this year, things could change in 2018. Zepp cautions farmers to check with crop insurance agents regarding the completion of their policies. Here is the link to the article from eDairyNews.

So have you decided if you're going for MPP or LGM next year? Let us know! Continental Search has the latest dairy industry jobs, industry news, and updates, as well. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for dairy job openings in your area and other jobs in animal nutrition.

Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.
After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more information and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

Send Rick your resume at Call him at (302) 544-9288.

Tips for Winter Respiratory Disease Prevention in Poultry
Winter is coming and most broiler producers are aware that this can be a critical time for their flock. This article from The Poultry Site will come in handy if you are looking for ways to prevent flock respiratory disease come winter.
Tak Niino, VMD, who is a technical services veterinarian for Zoetis, says that the secret is maintaining good air quality by way of proper ventilation. A poorly ventilated house will have unhealthy ammonia levels and the litter moisture could reach such a point where it can be detrimental to bird health.
When ammonia levels are high, there is an increased risk of cilia damage. These brush-like structures are responsible for clearing tracheal debris. If it is damaged or destroyed, birds are quite likely to develop viral infections. Some of the most common ones are Newcastle disease, infectious laryngotracheitis, and infectious bronchitis. Chickens will display depression, lethargy, or snicking and coughing.
Litter moisture due to poor ventilation can lead to bacterial growth, as well. This may lead to secondary bacterial infections. Escherichia coli can lead to severe polyserositis, septicemia, and also death.

Niino points out that the trend these days is to consider house size. Ventilation techniques for small houses usually do not produce the same results when applied to larger houses. You can read more tips from Niino here.

Stop by our company website for more poultry industry news. Follow #ContinentalSearch on LinkedIn and Facebook for poultry jobs and other employment opportunities in the animal health industry.

Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the U.S.

Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and
through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).

Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at


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