Purdue Report Shows Gaps in Urban-Rural Food Satisfaction

A Purdue University report said people living in urban and rural areas share many of the same concerns about food prices and availability, including the impact of recent bird flu outbreaks. However, the monthly Consumer Food Insights Report said differences remain in food insecurity and diet satisfaction. Some of the key results from this month’s […]

Additional Bird Flu Cases Reported Across Washington

With cases of avian influenza adding up across the state, the Washington state veterinarian is asking bird owners to double down on biosecurity measures. On Wednesday, the WSDA announced the confirmation multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in non-commercial backyard flocks in Pierce County. State Veterinarian Dr. Amber Itle said those cases were first […]

Grassley, Klobuchar Lead Push for Avian Influenza Outbreak Funding

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar led an effort this week for more funding to help address the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak. The Senators told the Senate Appropriations Committee leaders, “Although the virus poses minimal risk to human health, it has serious implications for U.S. poultry producers, rural communities, and […]

Vilsack Authorizes Additional CCC Funds for HPAI Response

Last week, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack approved Commodity Credit Corporation funding to assist USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service response to highly pathogenic avian influenza. The virus has been confirmed in 29 states, affecting more than 33 million domestic birds. APHIS is working closely with state animal health officials on joint incident responses in […]

Bird Flu Reported In Oregon Washington

The Highly Parthenogenic Avian Influenza has been reported in both Oregon and Washington. Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the cases late last week that a Linn County backyard flock. Dr. Ryan Scholz, Oregon Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, said the owner reported three geese that exhibited neurological and respiratory signs, and then […]

USDA Focused On Fighting Avian Influenza

When it comes to responding to reported detections of high path avian influenza, currently compared to the infamous bird flu outbreak of 2015, “we are in a much better place now than we were before,” noted Dr. Rosemary Sifford, with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She said compared to the 2015 situation, producers […]

Avian Influenza Cases Outpacing 2014/2015 Outbreak

The number of highly pathogenic avian influenza cases in the United States is outpacing the 2014-2015 outbreak. However, the American Farm Bureau Federation said the higher numbers might be attributed to improvements in detection and reporting protocols. Farm Bureau economists found as of April 7th, there have been more than 600 detections of HPAI in […]

Vilsack Asking Everyone To Prevent The Spread Of Bird Flu

With high pathogenic avian influenza showing up now in commercial and backyard flocks in at least 24 states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is telling the farming community nationwide, “It is imperative that farmers tighten up their facilities, and it’s imperative that they are very very conscious of all this.   In fact, it’s also true […]

Regardless Of Operation Size, Bird Owners Reminded Of The Importance Of Biosecurity

Bird owners across the country are being told to use extreme caution as a new strain of highly pathogenetic Avian Influenza continues to spread. Dr. Scott Leibsle with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture said biosecurity is vital, from large poultry and egg operations down to those who have a few backyard chickens. What is […]

USDA Warning Of New Cases Of Bird Flu

For poultry producers, backyard and commercial, “…if you have not recently reviewed your biosecurity plan, now is a really good time to do that,” noted Dr. Rosemary Sifford with APHIS. That’ warning coming as USDA has confirmed some more wild birds carrying the highly pathogenic avian influenza. On Friday, January 14th, the Department detected one […]