Articles by Tom Polansek and Sybille de La Hamaide

Bird Flu Forces Free-Range Chickens Into Lockdown, From Pennsylvania to France

Organic and free-range chickens have been thrown into lockdown. Egg-laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks as some U.S. and European farmers temporarily keep flocks …

U.S. Considers Vaccines to Protect Poultry From Deadly Bird Flu

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into vaccines as an option to protect poultry against deadly bird flu, the agency’s chief veterinary officer said as the country faces its worst outbreak since 2015. Supporters say vaccines could help keep …

Delaware Poultry Farm With 1.2 Million Birds Hit by Lethal Flu

A commercial poultry farm in Delaware with 1.2 million birds has been hit by a highly lethal form of bird flu, the state said on Wednesday, significantly expanding an outbreak that has killed U.S. chickens and turkeys. The outbreak brings …

Agriculture Officials Find More Avian Flu Cases in Wild Birds, Caution Poultry Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported two more cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in wild birds on Tuesday, raising risks for potential infections in poultry. The USDA on Friday reported the nation’s first case of a Eurasian H5 type …

Bird Flu Found in Wild Duck Could Endanger Poultry Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday confirmed the first case of a highly pathogenic type of avian influenza in a wild bird since 2016 in South Carolina. The virus, Eurasian H5 avian influenza, was found in a wild duck …

Unions Say Meat Plants Relaxed COVID-19 Safety Measures After Outbreaks

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, last year assigned a team of dedicated employees to enforce social distancing and sanitize surfaces at a South Dakota slaughterhouse where COVID-19 infected nearly 1,300 workers, the president of the local labor union …

EPA to Revisit Bayer Dicamba Herbicide Risks After 3,500 Reports of Crop Damage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is assessing whether the herbicide dicamba can be sprayed on soybean and cotton plants genetically engineered to resist the chemical, without the procedure posing “unreasonable risks” to other crops, an agency official said on Tuesday. …

Pork Plants Allowed to Operate Faster in Trial Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday that nine pork plants can apply to operate faster processing-line speeds under a one-year trial, after a federal judge in March struck down a Trump-era rule that removed line speed limits. Faster …

Agriculture Department Readying Waivers to Address Pork Plants’ Processing Speed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a proposal for a waiver system for hog plants forced by a federal court to slow processing lines, Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday. Waivers to allow plants to speed up processing …

Oklahoma Pork Processor Moves to Delay Court Ruling on Slaughter Speeds

U.S. pork processor Seaboard Foods wants to pursue a 10-1/2-month delay to a federal court decision that would force it to slow the speed of hog slaughtering at a massive Oklahoma pork plant, according to court documents. The second-biggest U.S. …