Avian Influenza Confirmed in Tennessee

The first U.S. commercial highly pathogenic avian influenza detection is in a Tennessee flock of breeder chickens, and a state official says procedures to handle it are in place.

A flock of more than 73,000 birds will be depopulated after an H7 strain of HPAI was discovered in lab testing. HPAI was detected in a wild mallard earlier this year, but this is the first detection of the disease in a commercial flock since January of 2016.

Tennessee wasn’t hit by the 2015 HPAI outbreak that resulted in the depopulation of more than 48 million birds. But Tennessee state veterinarian Charles Hatcher says the state was ready because of lessons learned from two years ago…tape

Cut #1                   :17          OC:…”to respond.”                          


The detection was observed in Lincoln County Tennessee, in the south-central part of the state along the Alabama border.

Hatcher says other flocks in the area will receive extra attention…tape

Cut #2                   :32          OC:…”control that rise.”                



EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke with AFBF about his goals for the agency. Micheal Clements has more…tape

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke with AFBF about his goals for the agency. Micheal Clements has more…tape

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says the agency must work within its authority, not beyond…tape

Cut #1                  :20         OC:…creating regulations.”                         AUTHORITY


He says it’s time for the EPA and other agencies to follow the rules when it comes to creating regulations…tape

Cut #2                  :26         OC:…”of the rule.”                                         REGULATIONS


By following the rule-making process, Pruitt says it allows federal agencies to work with the people the rule affects…tape

Cut #3                  :15         OC:…”be about.”                                            PROCESS


That’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Micheal Clement’s Washington.”

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *