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Dairy cow methane, collaboration, existing research, and student energy with Prof. Joe McFadden – Cornell University

Prof. Joe McFadden Cornell University - in dairy sheds at Cornell


Prof. Joe McFadden Cornell University
Prof. Joe McFadden Cornell University


Livestock sustainability is a much more complex issue than inhibiting methane production. Holistic solutions are needed that also maintain nutrient digestibility, reduce nitrogen pollution, maintain efficiency, are scalable across different production environments in the developed and developing world and are acceptable to the public. After coming to Cornell University in 2017 solving these critical issues have become the core focus of Prof. Joe McFadden.

Cornell is building new climate-controlled respiration chambers, unique to the Unites States, to accelerate their research on livestock methane emissions. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, Joe’s team is building on research conducted over the last 50 years. His team is planning on using the new chambers to test compounds with proven in vitro methane inhibition data in live animals to determine how they work in North American production systems and other environments across the world.

Joe understand we have to invest in people first and foremost to really drive solutions. A key part of his plans are transitioning to a problems-based approach to sustainability where he is leading efforts across universities, states, and internationally to improve collaboration. To accelerate the approval process for feed additives he is collaborating with an environmental NGO and the FDA to develop new approval methodologies and he has developed a new program to educate both students and the public simultaneously.

I recently caught up with Joe to hear more about his work.

ProAgni Podcast – Food Sustainability

ProAgni is proud to be announced as a CRC SAAFE Partner


ProAgni CFO and Co-Founder Fiona Soulsby recently participated on the CRC SAAFE interview team in Canberra.

CRC SAAFE – Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food and Environments was awarded 34.5 Million and will leverage approximately $150 Million in cash and in-kind contributions from 53 partners working across 5 states and territories of Australia.  The CRC will run for 10 years, and will help solve antimicrobial resistance challenges posing a growing threat to Australia’s food, agribusiness, and environmental sectors.

Fiona said “AMR is a health risk, and a social license risk. Market rules are changing.” Producers need access to tools and solutions to not only continue to access valuable export markets, but also exploit opportunities in new and emerging markets.  ProAgni’s participation in CRC SAAFE, provides support to an environment for those tools and solutions to be developed and deployed, safe guarding our existing industry and providing market ready opportunities for 2022 and Beyond.

ProAgni looks forward to being part of this change and continuing to support UN SDG 3. To find out more about CRC SAAFE go to their website or

Click here to read the  CRC SAAFE Information Brochure JULY 2021 V11