BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - State veterinarians are investigating a beef herd in Sargent County after bovine tuberculosis (TB) was identified.
"In late 2018, we were notified that two adult beef cows originating from the herd tested positive for Mycobacterium bovis at out-of-state slaughter plants," State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller said. "The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the TB diagnosis in the cows."
The herd was subsequently tested by state and federal veterinarians and five additional cows have been confirmed affected. Additional testing is ongoing.
This strain of TB has not been previously identified in the United States and is most similar to cases that have been identified in Mexican cattle.
Tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease and can be transmitted from animals to humans and from humans to animals.
"An epidemiologic investigation is now underway, and further testing will be done to determine the source of the disease and to prevent its spread," Keller said. "The herd owners are fully cooperating in the investigation."
There are no other cattle herds which have direct contact with this herd. Animals which test negative for the disease may move direct to slaughter, but other movements are not allowed. Meat from animals that pass inspection is safe for consumption.
Keller said that the bovine tuberculosis eradication program is a state-federal cooperative program and that the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and State Board of Animal Health typically work with USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services on disease responses. Due to the federal government shutdown, federal funding and field staff are currently limited in their ability to assist.
BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that $52,500 is available to help North Dakota communities and schools plant orchards and gardens in 2019. The original deadline of Jan. 11, 2019 has been extended until Jan. 31, 2019 to increase the pool of applicants. The review process will start after the new deadline.
Communities and schools are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $7,500. The grants are available on a competitive basis.
Grant funds can be used for plants, trees, planting supplies, soil amendments, irrigation and fencing supplies. Grant funds cannot be used to purchase land, permanent structures or for capital expenditures. Grant funds are for new projects and not the continuation of existing projects.
Application forms for the grants are available on the NDDA website at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/government-affairs-division/local-foods/communit....
Questions about the grant program should be directed to Jamie Good, local foods marketing specialist at (701) 328-2659 or jgoodnd.gov.
The North Dakota Community Orchard Project is, funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
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