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USDA Confirms New World Screwworm Cases in Big Pine Key

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida. USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirms this is a local infestation of New World screwworm. This is the first […]

Grants aim to improve animal welfare

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

  Farmers seeking to improve the welfare of their farm animals may apply for grant funding from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). FACT is calling for applications for its Fund-a-Farmer Project, which provides grants up to $2,500 to qualifying livestock and poultry farmers for projects designed to improve farm animal welfare. This year the Fund-a-Farmer […]

Senate Hearings on U.S. Livestock and Poultry

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Representatives from many of the National Organizations representing animal agriculture were asked to provide a review of animal agriculture, including challenges and opportunities, before the US Senate on May 26, 2016.  Animal commodity representatives discuss economic, disease, and even social issues that their producers have faced during the past 5 years.  You can watch a […]

USDA to fund rural veterinary education and training

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations through education, extension and training as well as support for veterinary practices in designated shortage areas. This funding is was authorized by the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) in the […]

Bison named our National Mammal

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States. The House of Representatives passed its version of the National Bison Legacy Act late Tuesdaynight and the Senate passed […]

It’s Mosquito Awareness Week in California

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

This week (April 17-23, 2016) is Mosquito Awareness Week in California, and mosquito-control districts are doing their best to educate the public about how to control mosquito populations. As we move into spring and the weather gets warmer, the number of mosquitoes will increase as people begin spending more time outdoors. Mosquito Awareness Week is […]

USDA considering new standards for organic livestock and poultry

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

USDA is announcing that we will soon publish and invite public comment on a proposed rule regarding organic livestock and poultry practices. It’s an important step that will strengthen consumer confidence in the label and ensure that organic agriculture continues to provide economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and businesses around the country. The proposal aims […]

Zoetis avian flu vaccine gets USDA conditional license

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Efficacy and potency studies are underway for Zoetis’ Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the Zoetis a conditional license for its vaccine product, Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus. The vaccine is intended for use in chickens as an aid in the prevention of disease […]

California to restrict antibiotics use in farm animals

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Citing an “urgent public health problem,” Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday made California the first state in the nation to restrict the use of antibiotics in healthy farm animals and prohibit their use to promote the growth of livestock. Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced the bill because of concern that unnecessary use of antibiotics […]

APHIS issues fall avian flu preparedness, response plan

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

US agency preparing for possible return of virus in the fall The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a report on planning and preparations for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in advance of a potential recurrence of the disease when birds migrate south this fall. The HPAI outbreak that devastated poultry […]

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