Illinois poultry specialists: biosecurity will help avoid HPAI

Illinois extension poultry specialists say producers of any size need to practice good biosecurity to keep avian influenza out of the state.  Small Farms Educator Andy Larson says even backyard poultry producers need to take precautions against infections that, in other states, have come from migrating wild birds. “One of the best things that you… Read more »

Branstad declares state of emergency over avian flu

The continued spread of avian flu among commercial poultry operations in Iowa has prompted Governor Terry Branstad to declare a state of emergency. Branstad says the proclamation will allow state agencies to better utilize resources to help respond to the outbreaks.  It also authorizes the state Department of Transportation and other agencies to plan travel… Read more »

Minnesota Congressman worried about A-I

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The ranking member of the House Ag committee is from Minnesota, the state hardest hit by this year’s Avian Influenza outbreak in commercial poultry flocks. Congressman Collin Peterson told farm broadcasters in Washington, D.C. that he’s met with turkey farmers in Wilmer, Minnesota where the state’s emergency center has been set up, “They’re in shock… Read more »

Four more avian flu cases in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Friday that it is responding to four more probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Sac, Pocahontas, Cherokee and Madison counties. The cases in Sac, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties all involve turkey farms.  Estimates on the number of birds at those… Read more »

Avian flu has infected 1/4 of Iowa’s laying hens

Iowa officials announced five new probable cases of the avian flu Thursday afternoon. Three of the new cases are in Buena Vista County including one facility with 5.5 million egg-laying hens. That pushes the number of Iowa facilities infected to 17.  The approximately 15 million laying hens infected represent about one-fourth of Iowa’s layers. Iowa… Read more »

May is Beef Month

May is National Beef Month.  Indiana Beef Council executive vice president Joe Moore says it’s an opportunity to educate consumers of all ages about beef.  “We have reached out on some different things to schools to help people explain the beef production process to middle school and high school kids,” he says.  “We are inviting… Read more »

Four new avian flu cases in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to four probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Buena Vista and Kossuth counties, according to a news release.  These four new cases bring the total number of cases of the disease in Iowa to 12. State officials have… Read more »

Corn and meal demand impact from avian flu is limited

A market strategist says the avian influenza outbreaks have only a limited effect on corn and soybean meal demand.  Rich Nelson of Allendale tells Brownfield Ag News the impact to the corn and soybean meal market is mostly psychological. “At this point in time, we’re only writing off 20 million to 30 million bushels of… Read more »

Smithsonian exhibit on agriculture opens July 1

U.S. agriculture will be part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The United Soybean Board was approached four years ago about being a partner in the exhibit and USB Chairman Bob Haselwood, a soybean farmer in Kansas, says the timing was just right. He tells Brownfield… Read more »

West Coast truckers’ strike renews reliability concerns

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A strike by truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is renewing concerns about the United States’ reputation as a reliable supplier of agricultural goods to foreign customers. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says that while the strike is not expected to cause major disruptions, the timing is bad… Read more »