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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 24, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 24th, we hear from USDA’s Chief Veterinarian concerning avian influenza, talk about the confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue, the nominee for Agriculture Secretary, the New World screwworm, optimistic farmers, Read the rest of this entry »

Agriculture Secretary Nominee on USDA Response to HPAI

sonny-perdue-hearing-1During Thursday’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue was asked questions about a variety of topics by the Senate Agriculture Committee. And as Rod Bain reports, one of those was USDA’s response to the recent outbreaks of high path bird flu in commercial poultry flocks. 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 »

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 »

Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

Poultry litter being incorporated into the soil during disking, a process that turns the soil and pulverizes it so that the litter will be mixed into it. Over a 3-year period, ARS scientists determined that yields were cumulatively higher in plots with litter applied in the spring rather than in the fall. (Photo by Haile Tewolde)

Poultry litter being incorporated into the soil during disking, a process that turns the soil and pulverizes it so that the litter will be mixed into it. Over a 3-year period, ARS scientists determined that yields were cumulatively higher in plots with litter applied in the spring rather than in the fall.
(Photo by Haile Tewolde)


A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits.

Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other poultry-house materials) contains nitrogen and phosphorus—both important crop nutrients. Applying poultry litter to the soil also recycles some of the tons of litter generated annually by poultry operations throughout the United States, says Haile Tewolde, an ARS agronomist at Mississippi State.

While more farmers are using poultry litter as fertilizer these days, there is little information about the amounts cotton growers should use to maximize profits. Read the rest of this entry »

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