USDA streamlines Avian flu reports

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has streamlined its reporting of avian flu outbreaks as more detections are expected during spring migration of wild birds. The USDA says its announcements will come through each day at  as well as being posted to the APHIS website. In the event of new H5N2… Read more »

National Guard called upon to help fight H5N2 in Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker issuing a couple of executive orders on Monday calling up the Wisconsin National Guard to help with threats to agriculture in the state. Executive Order #156 authorizes the Guard to assist in the response to avian influenza cases in Jefferson, Juneau and Barron Counties.  “We must act quickly and efficiently to contain… Read more »

Franken calls poultry restrictions “bogus”

  The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council estimates between 30 and 40 countries have imposed restrictions on U.S. poultry because of the avian influenza outbreak. Minnesota Senator Al Franken calls these boycotts bogus, saying “I think these boycotts of products are really bogus.  They should know that we (U.S.) would not be exporting anything that has… Read more »

Wisconsin State Vet limits poultry movement

In an effort to prevent the spread of avian influenza, Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw has issued a ban on poultry movement to shows, exhibitions and swap meets in Jefferson, Juneau or Barron counties.  The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in flocks in those counties.  McGraw says, “Gathering poultry… Read more »

Four new cases of avian flu in Minnesota

Four more commercial turkey farms in Minnesota have been infected with avian influenza. The US Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday flocks in Ottertail, Roseau, Kandiyohi and Stearns Counties have been affected. That brings the total number of cases in the state to 26 in 14 different counties affecting over… Read more »

Wisconsin Ag Board will retain policy authority

The Wisconsin DNR and DATCP boards will retain their policy-making authority.  Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget includes a provision which would make the two boards strictly advisory; giving policy-making power to the Secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee pulled… Read more »

Two more H5N2 cases in Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the H5N2 virus has been confirmed in a 126,000-turkey flock in Barron County and a backyard flock of 40 mixed birds in Juneau County. The properties were immediately quarantined and neighboring properties with poultry notified.  Remaining birds will be depopulated and will not enter the… Read more »

‘This is a poultry farmer’s worst nightmare’

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It’s every livestock and poultry farmer’s worst nightmare—a deadly disease with the potential to wipe out an entire operation. Turkey growers across Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states are living that nightmare as the highly contagious H5N2 avian influenza virus continues to spread across the region. Turkey grower Katie Olthoff of Stanhope, Iowa says they’re doing… Read more »

The increasing need for agricultural service workers

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The number of good job opportunities in the agricultural service area is increasing tremendously.  Bill Oemichen is president and CEO of Cooperative Network which provides training, marketing, technical services and government relations for more than 600 cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Oemichen says cooperatives are growing and that means more opportunities for people to work… Read more »

Professional Dairy Producers Foundation grants available

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation is seeking educational grant applications.  PDPF is looking to support unique programs that help build dairy producer professionalism and public trust in how dairy products are produced.  Programs should be consistent with the PDPF vision of a professional, proactive and prepared dairy community.  Grant applications are due June 1, 2015…. Read more »