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Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu : The Two-Way : NPR

A farm in Iowa is going to destroy more than five million of its chickens in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly infectious avian flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak Monday, adding that the agency says that there is little chance that humans could become infected.

  • April 23, 2015

Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment

(The Guardian) The Australian International Food Security Research Centre recently announced the launch of a two-year, $800,000 initiative for sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to help 10 countries become better equipped to combat plant biosecurity threats.

  • August 30, 2014

Olive oil prices under threat from bacteria hitting trees in Italy

(The Daily Mail) A hostile bacteria, seen in Europe for the first time, is destroying centuries-old olive trees and threatening supplies of Italian oil. The microbe, first identified in the Americas, has now infected 800,000 trees in Salento, the southern half of Puglia, the heel of Italy. Puglia produces about 11million tonnes of olives a year, more than  Read More »

  • August 19, 2014

S.Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak

(Reuters) South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.The case comes as Asia’s fourth-largest economy strives to contain a six-month outbreak of bird flu, which has pushed pork prices to multi-year highs  Read More »

  • July 28, 2014

Pork industry signs biosecurity deal

(Radio New Zealand) The pork industry has signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government. It became just the second sector, after the kiwifruit industry to sign a Government Industry Agreement deed. Under the deal signed on Tuesday at New Zealand Pork’s annual conference in Auckland, the pork industry shares the costs of biosecurity, and  Read More »

  • July 23, 2014