AI Flu

Looking for Holes in Biosecurity in AI Preparations

At Tuesday’s 11th annual Food Safety Forum, hosted by NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler, the topic was preparation for the occurrence of high path avian influenza, anticipated to affect the east coast later this year.  Oscar Garrison, Director for Food

North Carolina Prepared for Avian Influenza

“We started in march and took trips to Minnesota and Iowa and set a plan in motion and are at a point where those plans are finalizing. We learned how to attack a house differently. We go into a site

Preparations for Avian Influenza Continue

Recently a conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa regarding highly pathogenic avian influenza, primarily to benefit states that were spared the last round in late winter and early spring.  Dr. Doug Meckes, State Veterinarian for the State of North

USDA Will Stockpile Avian Flu Vaccine for Possible Fall Outbreak, Needs More Money for Battle

USDA officials told congress they will stockpile commercial vaccine to combat avian flu that could return this fall, after devastating poultry flocks in 21 states this summer. APHIS and ARS officials told House Ag Livestock members, research continues on a

N.C. continues to prepare for possible avian influenza outbreak

RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all

Senate Subcommittee Hears Avian Influenza Testimony

It’s been two weeks since a new case of highly pathenogenic avian influenza has been found in the US—with Minnesota and Iowa being the two hardest hit states. During a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Deputy Administrator for

North Carolina Takes Preemptive Steps to Avert Avian Influenza

While there have been no positive cases of H5N2 avian influenza on the east coast thus far, on Thursday, NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler as well as the State Veterinarian NC State and others announced preemptive strikes against the virus:

The Trickle Down Effect of Avian Influenza

A noted ag economist says the impact of the highly pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza will be most severe in northwest Iowa… “We have seen Avian Influenza move hard into NW Iowa, that is where we will see the biggest economic impact here.