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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

Avian Flu Confirmed in California Breeding Duck Flock

An Estimated 9,500 Ducks Have Been Affected in Monterey County Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been confirmed in a flock of almost 9,500 breeding ducks in Monterey County, California. The virus, which is of the H5 serotype, was found as the result of routine surveillance, according to the U.S. Department for Agriculture (USDA), and … Continued

USDA Confirms Virulent Newcastle Disease in Pet Chickens in Arizona

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2019 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of pet chickens in Coconino County, Arizona. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease in Arizona.  This case is believed to be connected … Continued

The North American Gamebird Association Announces Jeannine Kuhl Memorial Gamebird Industry Scholarship

The North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) announced a new scholarship opportunity offered in memorial to the late Jeannine Kuhl, whose work with Kuhl Corporation has been an essential part of the gamebird industry. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase awareness of, and support career opportunities in, the gamebird industry, defined as the raising of … Continued

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