Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) claiming horses, states encourage vaccination

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, from Suffolk, was a Saddlebred mare. She exhibited symptoms on June 22 and was euthanized June 23.

In North Carolina, a Pitt County quarter horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting EEE. The disease is a mosquito-borne and preventable in equine by vaccination. [Read more…]

American Farm Bureau supports national GMO pre-emption bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption of state laws that mandate labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The AFBF has maintained that, unchecked, such laws have the potential to become “an unruly patchwork” of state-by-state legislation.

The bill acts “to stop the expansion of state laws that threaten interstate marketing and effectively ignore science,” explained AFBF President Zippy Duvall on June 28. [Read more…]

NYCAMH to host Grain Bin Rescue Training and Safety Demonstrations at Empire Farm Days

CEW-FS-MR-19-1-NYCAMH-1cby James Carrabba, The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH)

NYCAMH will be hosting a grain bin safety and rescue-training unit at the Health and Safety tent located at the corner of East Pencil Pusher and Sunrise Blvd. The unit is provided by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located in Peosta, Iowa. NECAS Director Dan Neenan will be offering 20-minute educational presentations throughout each day of Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, and providing firefighters and emergency rescue personnel with a free four-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10. [Read more…]

New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]

National Pork Board continues to lead on antibiotic awareness

Ongoing research, education and engagement remain center stage

The National Pork Board continues to take a prominent role in the ongoing conversation about antibiotic use in pork production. From the Don’t Wait… Be Ready! national producer awareness and education campaign, to ongoing engagement with consumers and influencers, to increased investment in antibiotic research, the National Pork Board is taking unprecedented action on this globally important topic. [Read more…]