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Resources and Information for Pastured-Poultry Owners on Biosecurity Measures Against HPAI

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a virus that infects fowl. It is so virulent that it moves quickly between birds and can kill an entire flock in just a few days. Wild birds, domestic poultry, and other animals carry the virus. HPAI is currently considered a seasonal threat, thought to be transmitted from wild waterfowl to domestic poultry as the fowl travel for seasonal migration. Wild bird migration patterns and lower fall temperatures make it very likely that wild birds from recently infected areas in Canada will travel south through the Atlantic flyway through North and South Carolina this fall. Due to the seasonality and severity of the risk, the NCDA has canceled all live bird shows and sales between August 15th and January 15th. This strain of the disease does not infect humans or other livestock.

Many chicken and turkey flocks, pastured and conventional, across the Northwest and Midwest have been decimated by the rapid spread of the disease. Coordinated emergency response to the disease by the government has been key to reducing the number of infected birds and reducing farmers’ losses of livestock.

CFSA’s Q&A on HPAI with the NC State Vet, Dr. Meckes

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Q&A with the NC State Vet on Avian Influenza


Since December 2014, a number of chicken and turkey flocks, both pastured and conventional, in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest were infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). HPAI is a virus that infects fowl, killing entire flocks in a matter of days. The virus is transmitted by migrating waterfowl, meaning that farms may be infected seasonally during times of bird migration.

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Open Farm Bill Grants

CFSA maintains this page as a service to our members and others to raise awareness of some USDA -funded grant opportunities that may be relevant to our members. We do not guarantee that the site provides information about all available grants for local, organic growers or processors. For a complete list of grants available from USDA, please visit The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition also has a chart that provides a quick guide to Farm Bill related programs and grants, organized by issue and by who is eligible to apply or sign up.

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