Agriculture is the state's number one industry and the poultry industry is a major factor. Earlier this year an avian flu outbreak wiped out millions of birds in the Midwest. If avian flu hits Pennsylvania, the impact will be widespread, from a hike in your grocery bills to the production of next winter’s human flu vaccine, state agriculture officials said. Pennsylvania is among the nation’s top egg producers.
More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
Information for Pennsylvanians about the biology of Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") and recent outbreaks.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released two updated interagency plans related to the surveillance of avian influenza in wild birds.
Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. Here is information to help you be better informed and advise bird owners, especially about biosecurity, should the need arise.
For the second straight year, students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science placed second overall at the USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held at Louisiana State University on April 15-17. Josh Cassar, Lansdale, PA, was first place over all individual,
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages the poultry industry to practice biosecurity measures and stresses the need for vigilance and preparedness in wake of avian flu outbreak. The Department is actively working with industry and government agencies following confirmed positive tests in other states.
Penn State's Poultry Science Club was recognized as the top club in the country at the 2015 International Poultry and Processing Exposition in Atlanta; Hannah Misner was second in member of the year competition.
Penn State Department of Animal Science's poultry judging team captured second place overall at the 49th Annual National Collegiate Poultry Judging held in Fayetteville, AK last week, building on a strong winning tradition.
Department of Animal Science students placed second overall at the 67th National Poultry Judging Contest at Louisiana State University.
The Poultry Science Club won the following honors at the United States Poultry and Egg Association College program in Atlanta GA. Taylor Young was named national "Member of the Year", Corissa Steimling was 2nd place national "Member of the Year", the club was named 2nd place "Club of the Year", and we had the 3rd place Scrapbook. Amy Mayer also received the Don R. Sloan Undergraduate Research Award in recognition for a superior undergraduate research presentation at the meeting.
Penn State's Poultry Judging team placed fourth overall, second in Egg Production and Quality division and fourth in Broiler Selection and Carcass Quality Division.
Centre County 4-H leader is recognized for her years of service and outstanding success in working with the 4-H poultry program.
Penn State students excel at the 66th National Poultry Judging Contest held at Louisiana State University.
The Club's scrapbook won first place in the scrapbook contest, the club was third in Club of the Year contest, and Corissa Steimling placed first in the undergraduate research poster presentation contest.
Penn State Department of Animal Science's poultry judging team placed second overall at the 47th Annual National Collegiate Poultry Judging held in Fayetteville, AK Nov. 4-6.