BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A disease more commonly known as EHM (Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy) has been confirmed in a barrel-racing horse in Bowman County. The state Agriculture Department says the horse was quickly euthanized, and horses that were exposed to the sick horse in the previous days have been quarantined.
Owners of other horses that might have had contact with the affected horse are being advised to consult with their veterinarian, monitor their animals and restrict travel.
State Veterinarian Susan Keller says that with summer coming, many horses will be moved to events around the region. She says horse owners should be cautious about co-mingling their animals.
EHV-1 can be spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands. Biosecurity measures that can reduce the risk of spreading the disease include avoiding shared food or water containers and preventing nose-to-nose contact.
Out-of-state horses and other equines entering North Dakota for any length of time must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection.
"Certificates of veterinary inspection reduce the risk of introduction of clinical disease and help us better monitor the movement of equines into North Dakota," said Dr. Keller. "We use that information to report disease risks and findings to veterinarians and horse owners in North Dakota."
There is no threat to people from the disease.
BISMARCK, N.D (NDDA) - Online dicamba training is now available through BASF, Monsanto and DuPont.
In October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their new label language classifying the new formulations as restricted-use products, meaning that they may only be applied by a certified pesticide applicator.
"Online training is available to those individuals who may be hired by a commercial applicator or start employment with a farm this spring and will be applying product to fields," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "The training will benefit applicators by teaching them the techniques to use the technology properly so that these products will be available for future use."
This technology requires strict attention to detail and adherence to label requirements that many users may not be familiar with. For those applicators who were unable to attend an in-person training, online training is now available.
Applicators only need to complete one registrant training to be able to apply any of the three products. The products are Engenia by BASF; XtendiMax by Monsanto; and FeXapan by DuPont.
Links to the online training modules are below.
For more information about the training requirements, please contact Eric Delzer, North Dakota Department of Agriculture Pesticide and Fertilizer Program Manager at 701-328-1508.
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