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Egg producer: ‘Boots on the ground’ key to vND fight

Poultry industry should never have a shortage of people when it comes to responding to animal disease outbreaks, members of Congress are told
Testifying before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, the general manager of a California-based egg company applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its assistance in battling virulent Newcastle Disease (vND), and urged members of Congress to keep the help coming.
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USDA releases plan for National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility

The United States Department of Agriculture is releasing a plan that outlines the department's vision for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) on June 20, following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to transfer operations of NBAF from the Department of Homeland Security to USDA.
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ASF researcher: Controlling Chinese outbreak could take decades

‘ASF is out of Africa for good and … will pose a threat to Europe and the US for a long time,’ former Plum Island pathobiologist says
Former Plum Island pathobiologist calls Chinese outbreak of ASF a "game changer" that will pose a threat for years to come, even in the U.S. And a vaccine, he says, may not be able to solve the problem.
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Aviagen invests in innovative Australian quarantine facility

Wagga Wagga facility is the only poultry quarantine unit within Australia that fully complies with government animal health and import regulations, Aviagen says
In keeping with a commitment to rigorous biosecurity to ensure the health and welfare of its birds, Aviagen has built a leading-edge quarantine farm in New South Wales, Australia. The investment totaled A$20 million.
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USDA confirms 3 more cases of virulent Newcastle disease

During the week of May 17-23, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed 3 additional premises as positive for virulent Newcastle disease in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California.
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2019 USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic to focus on best practices

Everyone knows the saying…behind every successful poultry operation is an equally successful hatchery-breeder management strategy. USPOULTRY’s 2019 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will offer a look at industry updates, best practices, biosecurity challenges and other topics related to chick quality. The annual Clinic, sponsored by USPOULTRY, will be held July 9 – 10, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Feed, biosecurity breaches likely vectors for animal viruses

If African swine fever virus makes it into the US, people and feed ingredients are likely to spread it
African swine fever (ASF) virus could enter and be transmitted in the U.S. through animal feed and feed ingredients, but that is only one of the many potential vehicles for viral transmission, according to Cassandra Jones, undergraduate research coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University.
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