SCDA Sets Pesticide Collection Date and Site

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is partnering with Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center (REC) to accept unwanted or unused pesticides on September 10 from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. This free collection event will be held in conjunction with the annual Farm Field Day at the Pee Dee REC. The pesticide and chemical collection program is open to all private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in the state, as well as homeowners.

Bird Flu Vaccine Out to Private Industry for Bid

USDA is taking bids from animal health companies for a bird flu vaccine.

The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says it’s preparing for the possible return this fall of the H5N2 virus that resulted in the death of 48 million birds.

Companies may use a government-prototype seed strain or create their own that could be mass produced for a vaccine if needed.

The USDA won’t approve a vaccine for use unless it’s deemed necessary to control another outbreak.

The agency said Tuesday it wants to acquire an emergency stockpile of vaccines available for delivery anywhere in the United States within 24 hours.

The USDA seeks companies capable of producing at least 100 million doses and up to 500 million doses.

Avian Influenza Cost Iowa $427 million

New research done on behalf of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation indicates that the total cost of that state’s avian flu outbreak will be nearly $427 million in lost additional value to the economy, The flu outbreak last spring forced the depopulation of 34 million birds on 77 Iowa farms, and cost the state nearly 8,500 jobs, according to the study conducted by Decision Innovation Solutions. It is expected to cause price increases for poultry and eggs — Iowa is the nation’s largest egg-producing state — for the next three years. In addition to the farms themselves, IFBF pointed out that other Iowa businesses up and down the supply chain have been affected, including veterinarians, trucking companies, processors and lenders.

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.