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The Wisconsin Pork Association presented Representative Gary Tauchen with their 2018 Distinguished Legislator Award on February 1 during their annual convention. As a staunch voice for Wisconsin agriculture, Representative Tauchen knows farming because he is a farmer.
State veterinarians are investigating a beef cattle herd in southeast North Dakota after a first-of-its-kind strain of bovine tuberculosis in the United States was identified in seven of the animals. Late last year, State Veterinarian Susan Keller said two older beef cows from the herd tested positive for the disease after lesions were found on them at slaughter plants in South Dakota and Minnesota.
The U.S. pork industry has announced that it has aligned its efforts to reduce the risks from foreign animal disease and has formed the National Swine Disease Council to protect animal and public health.

The ongoing spread of African swine fever has experts concerned about the long-term damage it could cause to agriculture. Preparations are being made in the event the spread becomes a full-fledged outbreak. African swine fever was first detected in Kenya in 1921. The disease is spread among pigs by direct transmission through bodily fluids or by consuming contaminated meat discarded by humans. 

Gene editing is helping the bovine world make leaps and bounds through genetic improvement. You may have heard of the success story of the world’s first gene-edited polled calf. Another on the list of possibilities is resistance to bovine tuberculosis.
Gene editing is helping the bovine world make leaps and bounds through genetic improvement. You may have heard of the success story of the world’s first gene-edited polled calf. Another on the list of possibilities is resistance to bovine tuberculosis.
A new study confirms antibiotic-free production strategies leave pigs at considerable risk of exposure to disease and responsible use of antibiotics can significantly improve animal health. Prior to this study, no data has been available regarding the production performance and health of animals raised antibiotic-free when under a disease challenge such as PRRSV, the most significant pathogen in the global swine industry.
Governor-Elect Tony Evers has selected former Wisconsin Farm Service Agency Director Brad Pfaff to lead the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
In early October, blockchain technology took a big step toward becoming a permanent part of the daily agriculture landscape. After 18 months of testing, IBM has greenlighted the commercial availability of its food safety blockchain-based platform dubbed IBM Food Trust designed for farms, distributors and retailers.
Canada plans to adopt a virus detection system that will provide CPC with information about the health of the swine herd in Canada while tracking warning signs of disease and identifying new swine diseases and emerging diseases before an outbreak occurs.

Under the new farm bill, USDA will be able to use $150 million over the next five years to prepare for a foreign animal disease outbreak.

The 2018 Farm Bill quickly and easily crossed its first hurdle today as the Senate approved the measure on an 87 to 13 vote a day after the final conference report was made public.
A local government in central Japan said Wednesday a hog cholera infection has been found at a public research institute — the third such case since the first outbreak in decades in Japan was reported earlier this year. The latest case in the city of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, follows the first swine fever infection since 1992 reported at a pig farm in September and another at a public livestock center park in November, both in the city of Gifu.
Approximately 40 beef industry leaders who are participating in the CattleTrace disease traceability pilot project met with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach to discuss next steps for the pilot project and disease traceability across the country. ( Kansas State University )
Due to a recent confirmation of bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) in a Dane County dairy farm the department will be testing wild white-tailed deer for the disease. To date, bovine TB has not been identified in wild, free-ranging animals in Wisconsin.