The fall migration of wild birds has state officials concerned about possible new outbreaks of avian influenza.
As wild birds fly south for the winter they may pose a threat to domestic poultry.
This year’s spring outbreak of avian flu was documented as the largest domestic animal health crisis in U.S. history.
Jennifer Holton is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “The threat of avian influenza coming back is very real so it’s important for us to make sure that we’re reminding poultry operators to continue to put it proper risk mitigation and biosecurity practices to minimize the threat of high path avian influenza,” she said.
Holton said no outbreaks have been reported yet this fall. “Unfortunately, you know, nobody has a crystal ball but at this point what we can really just say is that the potential is there, the threat is there and so implementing those biosecurity practices really should be a priority for all our poultry operators,” she said.
Holton said avian flu does not pose a risk to human health or to food safety.
She said biosecurity measure like restricting outdoor access and using well or municipal water instead of ponds for drinking water can keep flocks safe.
It’s been five years since the federal government’s largest initiative to restore the Great Lakes was passed into law, and Congress recently agreed to fund the program for another five years.
According to Cameron Davis, the senior adviser to the administrator of the EPA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the few pieces of legislation that repeatedly gets bi-partisan support. Continue reading →
Jamie Clover-Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Summer is obviously a busy time for Michigan’s agriculture industry… and for the state agency that regulates farmers, producers, and food establishments.
Late last month, Jamie Clover-Adams, the director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was traveling around the state, checking in with her employees and getting a first hand look at just how the industry is doing.
She also stopped by the studios of CMU Public Radio to speak with Mike Horace about the industry. Continue reading →
France, Italy, Spain and California are all known as popular wine regions. And in recent years, a new location has been added to that list: Michigan.
In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, the wine industry contributed over $300 million into the Michigan economy, much of it coming from northwestern Michigan. Continue reading →
It’s considered one of the gems of northern Michigan: the Leelanau Peninsula. It’s home to some of the state’s best agricultural destinations, including vineyards and orchards… as well as some of the most beautiful landscapes in the midwest.
Leland is situated right between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on the western edge of the Leelanau Peninsula. The quaint little community certainly isn’t northern Michigan’s largest, yet it is still big enough to host a town within a town… a hidden town, if you will. Continue reading →