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Oklahoma keeps new poultry farm moratorium in place

Oklahoma Board of Agriculture fails to reach consensus on new rules, defers matter to state’s legislature
The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture on December 11 opted not to act on a new set of rules involving new poultry operation registrations in the state, which ultimately leaves the state’s current moratorium on such operations in place until May 31.
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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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Egg Industry Center director Xin named dean at UTAI

Hongwei Xin will take the helm in May 2019.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Hongwei Xin, currently assistant dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, as UTIA’s new dean for AgResearch. Xin will begin his new role in May 2019, after the conclusion of the current academic year.
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Bill seeks delay of Michigan cage-free law effective date

Under new legislation approved by Michigan House and Senate, cage-free egg law would not take effect until 2025
The Michigan House of Representatives by a 79-29 vote has approved legislation that would postpone the effective date of a previously passed law that would require that all eggs produced in the state come from cage-free laying systems.
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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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