Cathy Isom asked after 86 years of being free of foot and mouth disease in the U.S., the big question still being asked, are we ready if it returns? There have been studies, saying that depopulation of livestock is the only effective way to cut foot and mouth losses. Emergency vaccination would be of little help. According to a Kansas State University animal health economist, we find that emergency vaccination could be justified. Their team of vets and animal disease experts have projected what the losses would be in an 8 state midwest U.S. area if foot and mouth disease were to hit cattle operations with a depopulation only so there’s no emergency vaccination. The cost would be roughly 180 billion dollars.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells fears Georgia’s pecan crop will fail to meet initial production projections by as much as 20 million pounds. For more information on this story, click here.
You may have seen recent news reports about the type of Thanksgiving meal astronauts aboard the space station ate this year. Well, if research efforts by a couple of faculty with the University of Florida/IFAS Department of Horticultural Sciences team works out, those meals in space may change. Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, explains.
Dr. William Puckett, Executive Director of the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, talks about an agreement that was signed at the recent Alabama Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting.
Most people don’t know it but eggs are one of the most consumed foods in the whole world. Most of us do know that egg farmers have had a hard year. The price of eggs has been going up since that outbreak of Avian Flu. Everett Griner talks about breakfast costing more in today’s Agri View.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has a special message about how we all should be grateful for the farmers and ranchers who provide us with the meals we take for granted nearly every other day of the year.