Florida Sends Firefighters West and ASF Efforts in Dominican Republic
**Since the end of June, Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service have deployed nearly 170 wildland firefighters and support personnel to assist suppression efforts on western wildfires.
Fried says as the devastating wildfires continue to threaten our fellow Americans across the West, she’s incredibly proud of our well-trained wildland firefighters who choose to leave their families to help their fellow firefighters and pray for their safety.
**It’s not the full year extension requested, but Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has granted the organizers of the National Beef Checkoff Petition Drive an additional three months, until October 3rd, to collect the necessary signatures on the petition calling for a producer vote of the National Beef Checkoff Program.
According to R-CALF USA, the USDA originally established a 12-month period for the collection of the required 88,000-plus signatures, but so far only about 19,000 signatures
have been gathered.
Go to www.checkoffvote.com for more.
**Efforts are underway to prevent the first cases of African Swine Fever in the North American hemisphere from spreading to U.S. shores.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, less than a week after the
Dominican Republic confirmed cases of ASF, the country announced it’s limiting shipments of pigs and calling on its military to try to contain the spread of the virus.
DR officials say they’ll slaughter thousands of pigs after detecting outbreaks in 11 of its 32 provinces.