Documented Cases of EEE Increasing

 

A serious horse disease carried by mosquitos has spread across South Carolina, making it essential that horse owners have their animals vaccinated, according to officials with Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

Recent cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have moved beyond the coast to the Midlands and the Upstate, said State Veterinarian and Livestock-Poultry Health Director Boyd Parr.

Eleven cases have been confirmed by Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health so far in seven counties — four in Horry County alone. A simple vaccine will minimize the risk of EEE, but the disease is almost always fatal to exposed, unvaccinated horses. Though less common, the mosquito-borne illness can also affect humans.

NC Farm Act of 2016 Now Law

Governor Pat McCrory was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, state legislators and agriculture leaders from throughout North Carolina when he signed the Farm Act of 2016 earlier this week. Among the many provisions, the Farm Act of 2016 will help the state respond to agricultural emergencies. The bill also gives North Carolina school districts the ability to prioritize purchasing food grown and raised in North Carolina. In addition, regulations are streamlined for construction, installation, repair, replacement or alteration of farm structures.

8 To 14 Day Weather Forecast

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says above normal temperatures from the Plains eastward, and near to above normal rain in much of the nation, highlight the weather forecast for the period of August 2 – 8.

“Looks like some of that heat might push back further to east in early august with the likelihood of above normal temperatures expected from the Plains eastwards.  In terms of rainfall patterns from August 2nd through the 8th, large areas of the country expecting near to above normal rainfalls, so a little good news to go along with that heat.”

Brexit May Help UK Biotech Approval Process

The CEO for Syngenta pointed to Brexit as a boost for the United Kingdom’s crop regulations, saying he sees the referendum vote to leave the European Union as an “opportunity for the UK in agriculture.” Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta’s CEO, told the Financial Times in an interview that after Brexit, the UK would implement science-based rules and would help companies more quickly implement new technology.

Poultry Pets Sicken More than 600 People

Salmonella traced to backyard flocks and pet chicks and ducklings continues to claim victims, with public health officials now tracking eight outbreaks across 45 states, according to Food Safety News. The outbreak was reported in June and since then, there have been 287 additional cases of illness reported, bringing the total to 611 people sickened. At least 138 victims had to be hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says “these outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months since flock owners might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection.

EPA Sets Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting on Glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a scientific advisory panel meeting this fall to review the widely used herbicide glyphosate. However, the Federal Register notice of the meeting Tuesday offered no indication on whether the panel will consider the conclusions of an EPA assessment that found glyphosate poses no significant cancer risk. The Federal Register notice mentions the conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in March 2015 that says glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The notice makes no mention of other studies that find the opposite.


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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.