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Lawmakers vote to spend $180K on pheasants for hunting

Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting. The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office. The pheasants would be released in state game areas to enhance hunting opportunities. The Legislature told the Department of Natural Resources … Continued

USDA Updates National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards to finalize provisions for compartmentalization of primary breeding poultry establishments to protect against disease. Compartmentalization is defining a specific group of animals that are maintained under strict biosecurity and health standards, and therefore have a … Continued

Delegates at 2018 Biennial NPIP Conference Unanimously Vote to Separate the Gamebird Industry into Our own Subpart!

By NAGA Vice President Brian Beavers Eleven North American Gamebird Association members attended the 44th National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Biennial Conference June 26-28 at Franklin, Tennessee, June 26-28. NPIP is a voluntary, national collaboration with state and federal departments of agriculture and industry representatives. The program’s goal is to use the latest diagnostic technology … Continued

Add a Successful Event Business to Your Range or Preserve

By Jeff Swanson, NSSF Range Action Specialist Team Member When developing your business model to attract the next generation of hunters and shooters, consider the “destination” facilities that are successfully attracting customers by promoting their event-hosting capabilities: Topgolf, Lucky Strike Bowling and Main Event are just three examples. Creating your “next generation” shooting range (after … Continued

Department Of Interior Announces Hunters And Anglers Generated More Than $1.1 Billion In Funding For Conservation

On Tuesday, March 20, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke traveled to Horicon, Wisconsin, where he announced more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts. The secretary presented a ceremonial check to the Wisconsin Department … Continued

H7N1 Low-Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed In Texas

On March 12, 2018, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announced that routine, pre-slaughter testing and surveillance for H5/H7 avian influenza had detected H7N1 low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County, Texas. Partial HA sequencing determined the H7 to be a low-pathogenic virus of North American wild bird … Continued

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