Avian flu has burned through 60 million domestic birds in at least 47 states, egg prices have hit the stratosphere, and more troubling, the virus is mutating to infect mammals including three Montana grizzly bears.Continue Reading APHIS is preparing Environmental Impact Statement on worsening avian flu outbreaks
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend animal disease traceability regulations and require electronic identification for the interstate movement of certain cattle and bison.
The change will permit official USDA…Continue Reading APHIS welcomes comments on the new animal disease traceability scheme
The United States is now all but certain to beat its 2015 record of losing 50 million birds to highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks. That became apparent during just two days late this month when…Continue Reading Poultry losses for the year from bird flu near record; the threat to humans isn’t zero
Commercial poultry flocks in the United States have mostly escaped highly pathogenic avian influenza during the past month.
And a world snapshot for the period from May 19 through June 8 by the World Animal…Continue Reading Bird flu eases in commercial poultry, but APHIS fears it could return in fall
Forty million birds have died from avian flu since February. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the detection of bird flu in 372 commercial and backyard flocks in 36 states.
But the…Continue Reading After 40 million dead birds, hot weather may be killing off the bird flu virus
The highly pathogenic avian flu is costing the United States so much that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is kept on the ready to pour more money into the fight.
The Secretary is authorized to…
Continue Reading Avian flu in 35 states requires a costly response
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday that its avocado inspection program in Michoacan, Mexico, has restarted and avocado exports to the United States have resumed following a…
Continue Reading U.S. again allows import of Mexican avocados following threat against U.S. inspector
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s job of keeping African Swine Fever out of the United States is not helped by stepped up and all too common meat smuggling.
Whether commingled in those…
Continue Reading Meat smugglers are out to breach U.S. borders, endangering pork industry
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has begun a new collaborative effort to study antimicrobial use and resistance on commercial swine farms in the Midwest.
Each year in the United States, at…
A candidate vaccine, known as ASFV-G-DI177l—efficiently protects against African swine fever, USDA announced Thursday.
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) published new research that highlights a new vaccine candidate that has been shown to prevent and…
Continue Reading Vaccine finally offers pork producers a defense against African Swine Fever Virus