Jan 19 Ag News

Nine more commercial turkey farms in Dubois County, Indiana have tested positive for HPAI, bringing the total to 10 commercial turkey operations affected. All positive flocks are located within the original control area, identified through surveillance testing. New 10K circles have been drawn to expand the control area with daily testing occuring in order to minimize the impact.

Back on Friday, January 15th, USDA APHIS confirmed the first highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in southern Indiana. It's important to note that this is a different strain of HPAI that caused the 2015 outbreak. All currently affected flocks are being tested to determine the virus type.

The FAA has released a smartphone app aimed at drone users: B4UFLY. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system. The app is now available for Apple devices and can be downloaded from the App Store. The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google.

Cargill has opened a new $2 million Technology Application Center (TAC) in Turkey to help dairy and poultry customers in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa leverage and apply the best possible feed technologies to grow their businesses. This TAC was built through a partnership with Egesay Animal Agriculture Food Industry and Trade Company, Ltd. and will be used to concentrate on customized solutions relating to ruminants and demonstrate the performance of Provimi's Rupromin mineral range and calf milk replacers in the local area.

Congratulations to Melinda Groth of Fillmore County, who was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the AFBF P&E Committee. She'll be involved in planning P&E activities and programs, communicating with state leaders, and of course taking part in committee meetings. She currently serves on the Minnesota Farm Bureau P&E committe.

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