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Roy Graber

Roy Graber

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Virulent Newcastle disease found in commercial poultry

This is the first case of the disease in a US commercial poultry flock since 2003
Virulent Newcastle disease (vND) has been confirmed in a commercial chicken flock in Riverside County, California, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on December 15.
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40,000 Maryland chickens culled over avian flu fears

Broiler flock in Wicomico County saw mortality levels return to normal after chickens were treated for bacterial disease, but inconclusive avian flu test results led to decision to cull
About 40,000 chickens have been culled at commercial poultry farm in Wicomico County, Maryland, after the flock was experiencing higher than normal mortality.
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Sofina Foods charged in chicken abuse case

Elite Farm Services and Dwayne Paul Dueck also charged on suspicion of violating Canada’s Health of Animals Regulations
As a result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), 38 charges under the Health of Animals Regulations were filed against Elite Farm Services Ltd., Dwayne Paul Dueck, and Sofina Foods Inc.
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King amendment absent from newly released farm bill

Text of 2018 farm bill has advanced out of conference committee and is subject to congressional votes
The leaders of the U.S. Senate and House agriculture committees on December 10 released the text of the proposed 2018 farm bill, which does not include the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), also known as the King amendment.
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California virulent Newcastle disease cases continue

While some affected areas are under an order to euthanize all birds, new cases of vND are being confirmed
Five new cases of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) was confirmed in backyard exhibition chickens in Riverside County, California during the week of November 30 – December 6, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced.
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Senate ag committee advances 3 USDA nominations

Full senate to consider key posts involving food safety, civil rights, and research, education, economics
The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has advanced the nomination of three people chosen to serve in leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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