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Meat Groups Want Disease Protection in Farm Bill

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Beef, turkey, sheep and pork industry representatives all testified in favor of a stronger program to protect animals from disease, especially foot-and-mouth disease. The Hagstrom Report says the groups gave testimony on Tuesday at a hearing before the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council both testified in favor of spending $150 million on an FMD vaccine bank. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Chief Veterinarian Discusses Avian Influenza

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Dr. Jack Shere

Due to the recent cases of Avian Influenza in Alabama and Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with state officials, continue to remind poultry producers about the importance of biosecurity. There are some concerns more cases could pop up, but in a phone interview with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman, USDA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jack Shere said for the most part these have been point source introductions. Read the rest of this entry »

Subcommittee Examines Livestock Producer Perspectives on Next Farm Bill

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Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a hearing to gather perspectives from key members of the livestock community as part of the committee’s hearing series on the next farm bill. Members of the committee heard from representatives of four major livestock producer groups who discussed the issues facing their respective industries as well as their priorities for the upcoming farm bill. Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank

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The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony.

“If this country ever had an FMD outbreak, it not only would devastate my farm and the whole livestock industry but the entire U.S. economy,” said NPPC Vice President David Herring, a pork producer from Newtown Grove, N.C., who testified on behalf of the organization before the agriculture panel’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Additional Poultry Flocks Test Positive for Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alabama

avian influenzaState veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirms that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Blocks Poultry, Eggs from Alabama and Tennessee

canadaCanada has moved to block imports of poultry and eggs from select areas in Alabama and Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »

Stabenow Asking for USDA Bird Flu Response Information

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Senate Agriculture Committee ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is asking the Agriculture Department to outline its avian influenza response. Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Cattle Price Decline Could Be Less Drastic than Was Expected

beef cattle auction-5Beef cattle prices are a little stronger than had been expected a few months ago, while hog producers are getting better than expected prices, even with more production. But what will happen to broiler prices if producers carry out expected production expansion? Gary Crawford more on all three of those stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 17, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 17th, we have an update concerning avian influenza, when damage assessments to certain crops might be available after this week’s freeze event, cabbage, weather damage to pecan trees, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Confirms Second Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee

avian influenzaThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza in a commercial breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This H7N9 strain is of North American wild bird lineage and is the same strain of avian influenza that was previously confirmed in Tennessee. It is NOT the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia. The flock of 55,000 chickens is located in the Mississippi flyway, within three kilometers of the first Tennessee case. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on Premises Under Investigation for Avian Influenza in Alabama

avian influenzaResults have been received from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa on the sample collected from a guinea fowl at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro, located in Jackson County, Alabama. The sample tested positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza (LPAI). The premises of origin for the guinea fowl, also located in Jackson County, Ala., is under quarantine and continued surveillance. The guinea fowl in question have been depopulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Poultry Producers Reminded of Stop Movement Order in Alabama

stop movement poultryThe Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries issued a stop movement order this week for certain poultry in the state because of three ongoing investigations of avian influenza in north Alabama. State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier explains. Read the rest of this entry »

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