Security a priority for farmers
West Missouri farm country has no shortage of livestock and rolling hills, but terrorism targets seem few and far between. No tall buildings. No well-known landmarks.
The nearest Manhattan: It’s in Kansas.
‘Out here things are still pretty quiet,’ cattle rancher Rod Findley proudly declared last week as he finished feeding his Hereford heifers in an early-morning fog. ‘I would think a terrorist would be a little out of place around here.’
While the threat of terrorism clearly hangs over urban areas, a growing concern about an attack on the U.S. food supply is bringing more attention from law enforcement to rural America and farms like Findley’s.
US officials warn of terrorist attacks on food supply
PLEASANT HILL, Missouri – American farmers got a new set of tips from the US Department of Agriculture this harvest season: how to protect themselves from a terrorist attack.
Few were likely to worry much in the quiet rural communities that have so far been untouched by the low cloud of anxiety that has settled over urban areas with the dense populations, which offer anonymity to outsiders and potentially high casualty counts.
“Out here things are still pretty quiet,” said cattle rancher Rod Findley as he finished feeding his Hereford heifers in an early-morning fog that drifted across the Missouri hillsides.
“I would think a terrorist would be a little out of place around here.”
Taiwan to stop importing Canadian beef products from U.S.
North Texas E-news
Billings, Mont. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued on Tuesday updated export requirements for Taiwan regarding fresh/frozen boneless beef derived from Canadian cattle under 30 months of age.
Effective with an Oct. 9, 2006, slaughter date, beef derived from cattle imported from Canada for immediate slaughter are not eligible for export to Taiwan.
“Earlier this year, South Korea made clear its concern with Canadian beef being commingled with U.S. beef and requested that its imports of U.S. beef not include any product from Canada,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. “USDA has not reported any sales activity to South Korea this year, according to the latest weekly export sales report, for the period ending Sept. 21.
Mexico opens markets to U.S. dairy heifers
North Texas E-news
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2006 — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that Mexico will resume trade in U.S. dairy heifers under 24 months of age.
“I am pleased with this first step in reestablishing cattle trade with Mexico, but I remain committed to a broader resumption of cattle trade between our countries,” said Johanns. “My goal is to restore the once-vibrant live cattle commerce between the United States and Mexico and to do so in accordance with science-based international guidelines.”
Pennsylvania Beef Council Awarded State and National Grants
Pennsylvania beef producers will be better able to compete in the international market now that a $20,000 state grant has been awarded to the Pennsylvania Beef Council, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.
The state funding matches a grant awarded to the Beef Council by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Increasingly, foreign markets are imposing higher quality standards and stronger restrictions on the food products they import from the United States,” said Wolff. “Pennsylvania’s outstanding food safety and quality assurance programs, such as our Beef Quality Assurance program, help make our state’s food products among the safest in the world and position our producers to meet foreign market requirements.”
Dr. Warner Receives World-wide Recognition Treating Bucking Bulls
By Erin Heine
Dr. Gary Warner has been a familiar name to many Elginites since 1980. He started his veterinary career with Elgin Veterinary Hospital immediately after graduating from the Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Charles Graham and Dr. Wallace Cardwell were the original owners of EVH and were practicing veterinary medicine at that time. Dr. Robert Lewis and Dr. Warner were the only other doctors on staff. Back in those days each of the doctors saw any animal that came through. There were not certain doctors assigned to particular areas of the practice.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Diagnosed in Two Michigan Deer
Contact: Thomas Cooley 517-336-5034
Agency: Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife health officials, collaborating with Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, today announced epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been diagnosed in two Michigan white-tailed deer. The two deer — one free-ranging and one privately owned — were from Allegan County.
EHD is an acute, infectious, often fatal viral disease contracted by wild ruminants but most commonly affects white-tailed deer. EHD is not transmitted from one animal to another by direct contact, and it is not transmissible to humans. Cattle may develop an infection from the EHD virus that is not readily apparent; but fever, oral lesions, lameness and reproductive problems occasionally occur. Dogs and cats are not susceptible to EHD. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected insect, Culicoides, which includes midges, gnats and other biting flies. EHD typically strikes in late summer and early fall. The insect dies with the onset of frost.