There has been a steep drop-off in detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across the country compared to last year's peaks, but USDA officials and poultry industry groups have no plans to relax precautions.
The prospect of vaccinating against the spread of highly-pathogenic avian influenza has divided the nation's poultry industry groups as the Biden administration moves forward with plans to conduct vaccination trials this month.
In an effort to increase egg supplies ahead of the Easter holiday, the National Chicken Council has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration seeking regulatory changes to allow “surplus” hatchery eggs be permitted in the food supply.
Samuel Crowell has joined the American Seed Trade Association as the new senior director of international programs and policy and the National Pork Producers Council has selected Kelly Cushman as its new vice president of domestic policy.
Mark Munger has been hired as the senior director of marketing for Ocean Mist Farms and Ken Melban has been elevated to vice president of industry affairs and operations at the California Avocado Commission.