Reimbursement & Avian Influenza Caution
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for partial reimbursement for some of the costs paid to become organically certified by a US Department of Agriculture accredited certifier or renew such certification. Oregon growers, processors, and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75 percent of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or category of certification. This reimbursement is also available to Oregon growers, processors, and handlers renewing their certification. Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2015.
The threat of more cases of avian influenza has not subsided although as temperatures warm that risk will go down but according to USDA's Chief Veterinarian, Dr. John Clifford, there are some things you can do to help mitigate the issue.
CLIFFORD: The storage of feed. It can;'t be out in the open. If you have feed being spilled on the ground when you have feed trucks fill up bins you're going to have to pick that feed up and clean up because all of those things can attract water fowl. You have to treat every single house as a bio-secure unit.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.