rural veterinary

Efforts Being Made to Address Rural Veterinary Shortages

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Regulation, Sheep-Goats

Lawmakers have reintroduced the Rural Veterinary Workforce Act, formerly known as the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. Introduced in both the House and Senate, the legislation would expand its reach. The Program helps increase access to food animal veterinary services in rural areas by assisting with the significant obstacle of educational debt. The legislation would end the federal …


APHIS Finalizes Changes to Import Regulations for Horses

Dan Agri-Business, Equine, Exports/Imports, Legislative, Regulation, This Land of Ours, USDA-APHIS

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is finalizing amendments to its import regulations for horses. These amendments will better align our regulations with international standards and allow more flexibility for permitted imports, while continuing to mitigate the risk of bringing equine diseases into the United States. The regulations also provide APHIS with …


Around the State with Commissioner Pate

Dan Alabama, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), Equine, Industry

In this week’s “Around the State with Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Pate”, Commissioner, I understand you’d like to share with us information about a big event that took place this past weekend. For more information about the Alabama Open Horseman Association annual state championship horse show, click here. That’s our weekly Around the State with Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) Commissioner, …


Livestock Shelter Open in Alabama in Preparation for Hurricane Idalia

Dan Agri-Business, Alabama, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock

(ADAI/MONTGOMERY, AL/August 29, 2023) — In preparation for Hurricane Idalia, entry requirements have been lifted for livestock animals that are moving across state lines. The following temporary sheltering facility has agreed to provide a place for evacuees with livestock including horses and cattle to stay. Pike County Cattlemen’s Association – Cattleman Park4100 US HWY 231 STroy, AL 36081 Building Number: 334-566-0892 …


Commissioner Pate Advises Horse Owners to Vaccinate for EEE & West Nile Virus

Dan ADAI, Alabama, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Equine, Livestock, News from Our Sponsors

(ADAI/MONTGOMERY, AL/August 23, 2023) — Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) Commissioner Rick Pate has announced that a horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) by the ADAI’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Auburn. The positive result originated from a horse in Baldwin County. EEE is a mosquito-transmitted disease that is more severe than West Nile Virus (WNV). The mortality …

horse protection

USDA Proposal to Strengthen Horse Protection Act

Dan Agri-Business, Equine, Legislative, Livestock, Regulation, This Land of Ours, USDA-APHIS

A proposed rule to strengthen horse protection. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks public input on a proposed rule to strengthen Horse Protection Act (HPA) requirements. Announced last week, the proposed changes aim to eliminate horse soring, a practice that gives horse owners and trainers an unfair advantage in …


Manure Recycling on the Farm

Dan Beef, Biofuels/Energy, Cattle, Dairy, Environment, Equine, Fertilizer, Greenhouse Gas, Livestock, Pasture, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats, This Land of Ours

It’s another type of recycling on the farm. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Farmers who utilize manure as a fertilizer mostly get the aromatic livestock byproduct from their own operations. New data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows most manure applied to U.S. cropland, 78 percent, comes from animals raised on the same operation. Meanwhile, 14 percent …

animal-raising claims

USDA Launches Effort to Strengthen Substantiation of Animal-Raising Claims

Dan Beef, Cattle, Equine, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA, USDA-ARS, USDA-FSIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday that it is implementing a multi-step effort aimed at strengthening the substantiation of animal-raising claims. This action builds on the significant work USDA has already undertaken to protect consumers from false and misleading labels and to implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American economy. “Consumers should be able to trust …

agriculture covid

USDA Developing New Ways to Track COVID in Wild and Domestic Animals

Dan Beef, Cattle, Coronavirus, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-APHIS, USDA-ARS

Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are developing new tests to identify and track the COVID virus in wild and domestic animals. Funded by the American Rescue Plan, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing $300 million to conduct monitoring and surveillance of susceptible animals for the COVID virus. Through the initiative, ARS, in partnership with …


U. S. Needs More Veterinarians

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, This Land of Ours

There’s a shortage of veterinarians in the United States. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. A new report commissioned by Farm Journal Foundation found that there is a shortfall of veterinarians to treat livestock and poultry in rural areas. The report says that shortfall is threatening public health, food safety, and economic growth in communities that depend on agriculture. More than 500 …