At the recent Multi-State Poultry Feeding and Nutrition Conference, Dr. Tony Pescatore, University of Kentucky extension specialist, presented on the "Impact of Housing on Poultry Well-being, Egg Quality and Safety." We discussed his presentation outside the meeting hall. His warning... Watch the opportunities for bias in research on 'best housing alternatives'.
Is there a movement for antimicrobial clawback? How about animal welfare warfare? How do you track the legislation/regulation environment when on the one hand we're losing access to products that help maintain a safe food supply and healthy animals, and on the other hand we see our ability to manage animal housing being usurped by Washington? It's more than a bit frustrating as Gary Baise pointed out in the last email update [audio].
Dr. Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, Assistant Director of the Division of Scientific Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), shares a glimpse of this new world in her comments before the poultry committee at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture program in Denver. She's also featured in the AVMA series Chew On This [audio], plus she presented before the NIAA antibiotic group in March 2012 [video].
The American Veterinary Medical Association is working to limit losses in the antimicrobial area of the animal health toolbox, as Dr. Christine Hoang notes in the brief segment from the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting.
It is no surprise the Environmental Protection Agency has recently had a decidedly retro-agriculture perspective. The range and extent of the actions being taken by the EPA is unprecedented. In the closing session of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's annual meeting, Illinois farmer and attorney Gary Baise shared his concerns with these policies and the impact on agriculture.
Audio: Washington Gridlocked, Farm Bill, and You - House Ag Committee Chair Congressman Frank Lucas recently spent some time walking through the current climate in Washington, D.C. and gave his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen. Please pass this one to others in your organization [audio].
Video: Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare - Initiatives to Ensure Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals - Dr. Tom Shryock, Senior Research Advisor of Microbiology, Elanco Animal Health, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA [video].
Lewis Martin, West Pennboro Township in Cumberland County Pennsylvania, is proposing to build a 31,000 SF poultry barn located 1,645 feet from the Big Spring Creek watershed. In his National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit application, he proposes to disturb 8.24 acres to construct poultry houses on his property. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit application is required to address the project's erosion and sediment control and post-construction storm-water management.
"DEP [PA Dept of Environmental Protection] of has received numerous requests for a public hearing from citizens wanting to voice their concerns about the potential for runoff and disturbance to water sources from the poultry barns," DEP South-central Regional Director Rachel Diamond said. "Those comments are valuable to DEP and will be considered with final review of the permit application."
Of concern is the effect of the poultry operation on the Big Spring Creek watershed, which is a trout fishery and high-quality stream. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, to receive testimony.