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Tips to Mitigate HPAI

On April 9th, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) confirmed highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina. Click HERE for tips on spotting infections early, preventing exposures, and the importance of communicating biosecurity protocols to everyone on your farm or preserve.

Explaining Why Gamebird Businesses Are Still Open

Over the last two weeks, an increasing number of states have heavily restricted businesses and travel, with six, so far, going as far as issuing “shelter-in-place” orders that limit travel, business operations and activities to those that are defined as “essential.” Although many of these orders are similarly worded, there are enough differences to leave … Continued

NAGA’s New Communications Director Brings Wide Experience in Digital and Social Media

Stephanie Spika Hickey has joined the gamebird industry’s trade association as its Director of Communications. Stephanie is a seasoned marketing and communications professional who has previously served in similar roles with Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association and Benelli USA. Stephanie is passionate about preserving our hunting heritage, having grown up in rural Montana. She … Continued

Newcastle Disease in Chickens Spreads Easier than Wild Birds

Virulent Newcastle disease viruses from chicken origin are more pathogenic and transmissible to chickens than viruses normally maintained in wild birds. Research led by scientists from the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia, US, looked at 5 virulent Newcastle Disease virus (vNDV) isolates of different genotypes from different host species. They were evaluated for … Continued

Former NAGA President Marvin “Sonny” Hairston Passes

The NAGA Board and staff were very sad to hear of the passing of Marvin Dewey “Sonny” Hairston, 72, on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Sonny was a long-time member, board member, and past president of the North American Gamebird Association. He grew up in the Mississippi Delta and married his high school sweetheart, Andrea Burnett, … Continued

Application Deadlines Approaching for North American Gamebird Foundation Scholarships

The North American Gamebird Foundation (NAGF) is offering two scholarship opportunities in 2019: The John Mullin Memorial Scholarship and the Jeannine Kuhl Memorial Scholarship, both supporting career opportunities in the gamebird industry. Application deadlines for both are quickly approaching! John Mullin Memorial Scholarship The John Mullin Memorial Scholarship offers as many as five, $1,000 post-high … Continued

April 2019 USDA Meetings

Summary of USDA Meetings April 2019 in Maryland and Washington DC By Todd Laudenslager, Mahantongo Game Farms In April, I was asked to attend two important USDA meetings on behalf of the NAGA, as well as report back on them to the membership. The first meeting was held on April 17, 2019, at the APHIS … Continued

Study: Gene Editing to Control Avian Influenza

Gene editing may be able to help control the avian influenza virus in the future, according to the results of newly released research. On June 4, 2019, the Roslin Institute, an animal research institute at The University of Edinburgh, announced scientists used gene-editing techniques to stop the virus from spreading in chicken cells grown in … Continued

A National Effort to Recruit, Retain and Reactivate Hunters and Target Shooters

THE COUNCIL TO ADVANCE HUNTING AND THE SHOOTING SPORTS OFFERS R3 OPPORTUNITIES By Kristen Black, Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports Participation rates in hunting and target shooting in America are changing, which presents challenges for the future of these activities as well as the current model of conservation in America. Fortunately, one organization, the … Continued

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