Monday, April 27, 2015

USDA: Avian influenza cases to decline in spring, summer

Minnesota declares avian influenza state of emergency

    Minnesota's governor has declared a state of emergency to deal with the rapidly spreading avian influenza outbreaks.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Due to the high number of cases of avian influenza that have been confirmed recently in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency. With the declaration, Dayton has authorized the National Guard to be called up for duty if needed.
    The state of emergency was called for on April 23, one day after the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed 13 new outbreaks of H5N2 avian influenza in commercial turkey flocks. Several new avian influenza cases have since been confirmed in Minnesota and in neighboring states. The outbreaks have affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state and the virus continues to spread.
    Several days prior to Minnesota’s state of emergency declaration, a similar declaration was made in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker.
    H5N2 avian influenza has been detected in three Wisconsin poultry flocks, affecting tens of thousands of chickens and turkeys. The virus was discovered in a commercial flock of 126,000 turkeys in Barron County, as well as in a flock of 40 mixed breed birds in Juneau County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) reported on April 16. The state’s first confirmed case of avian influenza was reported on April 13, infecting a flock of about 180,000 egg-laying chickens in Jefferson County.

Second avian influenza case reported in North Dakota

Minnesota avian influenza cases adding up

North American Meat Institute celebrates 25 years of support for 'Meating the Need'

Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page maps path to a more food-secure world

Syngenta’s first quarter sales down 14 percent

    Syngenta’s sales for the first quarter were $4 billion, down 14 percent from last year.
    From WATTAgNet:
    Syngenta’s first quarter sales were lower than expected, after the Swiss crop chemical manufacturer took a hit from low commodity prices, a strong dollar and a prolonged U.S. winter.
    Syngenta’s sales for the first quarter were $4 billion, down 14 percent from last year, and lower than the $4.3 billion forecast.
    Integrated sales of $3.8 billion rose 1 percent at constant exchange rates. Volumes were 7 percent lower, and prices were 8 percent higher.
    In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, sales were up 15 percent. In North America, sales were 16 percent lower. Excluding glyphosate, where a deliberate reduction is under way, sales were 13 percent lower. Sales in Latin America were 11 percent lower.
    Corn prices fell 15 percent in 2014, and nearly 40 percent in 2013, causing farmers to scrutinize their spending and putting pressure on companies like Syngenta. However, Syngenta maintained its full-year targets and its longer-term target for 2018.
    Syngenta faces legal issues in the United States, where Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland and hundreds of farmers sued it for damages stemming from China’s rejection of genetically modified U.S. corn. The case is expected to last several years, but Syngenta executives say their defense in the case is strong.