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USDA Web Conference to discuss avian influenza with the North American Gamebird Association. June 17th, 2015 at 11:30 EST.

USDA has agreed and will conduct a web conference that will allow those in the gamebird business to hear a status update from the government, and then be free to ask questions in an environment that is only folks in the gamebird industry. This is a must attend for people who make their living hatching, raising, or selling gamebirds along with those who operate hunting preserves.

There will be 225 lines available for your members. Here is connecting information from USDA:

Preparing for the Worst: Steps to Take In Case of an AI Outbreak

The Health Committee of the North American Gamebird Association has been meeting each week to exchange and provide information on the latest outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H2N5). We’ve been cranking out a steady dose of tips on how to prevent and protect an outbreak from occurring on your place. But what should you be doing to be ready in case you suspect you have an outbreak on your farm?

Water Fowl, Water, and Avian Influenza

Wild ducks continue to be the top suspects for new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) that have occurred in the western and central United States. While migrating waterfowl may not be responsible for the spread of the disease within small regional areas, the large distances between outbreak areas continue to lead experts in the field to believe that wild ducks are the most likely carrier.

Avian Influenza Could Head East with Fall Migration

Eastern U.S. poultry producers are bracing for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking undetected somewhere in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter or fly back north next spring.

Avian Influenza Could Last

Veterinarians are concerned that H2N5 Hi Path Avian Influenza will move eastward during fall migration, and ultimately be active for three to five years. (reports from the Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.)

Avian Influenza Resources

As members of the North American Gamebird Association, we must be watchful of the resurgence of high-path Avian Influenza on the North American continent. This page provides information and resources you should monitor and research frequently to stay informed about the disease, its location and what you can do. It would be impossible to gather and present all information regarding to Avian Influenza in one location. The links at the bottom of this page will hopefully give you a good start on information yourself.

This page has been marked so it is visible for members only. If you know someone that needs access to this information, please encourage them to be come an NAGA Member today.

Insuring Poultry Flocks In Case Of Catastrophic Disease

Funding was included in the 2014 Farm Bill to determine the feasibility of insuring poultry producers for a catastrophic disease event. As you know, USDA has offered crop insurance for many years – but never for poultry. Part of the required research is gathering input from those that might be involved or interested. Watts and Associates (W&A) of Billings, Montana was hired to do this research. Meetings are scheduled in the following locations: Atlanta GA 1/26, St. Cloud MN 2/3, Modesto CA 2/10, Lancaster PA 2/12.