APHIS Highlights Biosecurity Advancements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently highlighted many of the advancements in AG biosecurity in 2020. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, said among the highlights, progress on a Foot and Mouth vaccine bank. “We were able to negotiate a very attractive contract that allowed us to purchase basically double […]

WSDA Waves Import Requirements To Help Oregon Farmers

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture announced it was waiving import requirement on livestock from Oregon. The move allows animals displaced by wildfires, to temporarily stay in Washington, provided they don’t change ownership and return to Oregon within 30 days. Officials in Oregon have reported significant strain on local stalls and pasture […]

Biosecurity Not Just For Livestock

Most livestock producers are very aware of the importance of maintaining strong biosecurity practices to keep diseases from infecting their herds or birds. But one expert said that with all that’s going on the to conoravirus all farmers should take biosecurity measures to keep their workers healthy and safe. “Part of that is to limit […]

WSDA Warning Horse Owners To Be On The Lookout For Strangles

The Washington state Department of Agriculture is asking Horse owners across the Northwest to keep an eye out for strangles.  Dr. Ric Torgerson says strangles is a bacterial infection caused by streptococcus.  He added while the name may not be familiar, he says the disease is fairly common.   “It causes fevers, it may also […]