The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Inspection Service is creating a National Incident Coordination Center to help producers who cannot take animals to market as meat processing facilities close due to COVID-19.
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza for the first time since 2017. The H7N3 strain of the disease was detected in a South Carolina commercial turkey flock.
The USDA is now moving to open the U.S. border to Chinese chicken amid final talks between the two countries to wrap up a partial trade pact that is promised to result in China increasing its imports of U.S. ag commodities.
President Donald Trump designated Glen Smith to serve as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced new leadership appointments, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has made new leadership changes and hires for the department.
A September 2006 outbreak of E.coli in 26 states that sickened more than 200 people and led to the deaths of three may have been caused by feral swine roaming on a central California spinach farm, according to a study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will announce in a Federal Register notice today its assessment that adopting one or more of the five designated phytosanitary measures would make certain Chinese produce safe for import.