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Vietnam Culls More Than 2.5M Pigs to Contain Deadly African Swine Fever: Officials

Vietnam has culled more than 2.5 million pigs to contain the spread of an African swine fever outbreak that is in danger of infecting every province of the country, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday. The virus, which is …

Elk Damage to Washington Farms Estimated at $1.4M

The growing elk population in the Skagit County, Wash. is costing farmers $1.4 million a year, according to a new estimate. That figure is slightly down from the $1.5 million estimate released in January, the Skagit Valley Herald reported Saturday. …

S. Korea Scrambles to Stop Spread of African Swine Fever After N. Korea Outbreak

South Korea said Friday that it is scrambling to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever on its pig industry after North Korea confirmed an outbreak at a farm near its border with China. South Korea’s agriculture …

Deadly African Swine Fever Now `Endemic’ in Two Regions of China: UN

China’s attempts to control African swine fever have been insufficient to stem further spread of the disease, with the deadly pig contagion now endemic in two regions, a United Nations group said. The virus that causes the disease is entrenched …

Thailand Intensifies Efforts to Stop ‘Pig Ebola’ from Crossing Border

Thailand, one of Asia’s top pork producers, is intensifying efforts to hold off a lethal pig virus that’s causing havoc as it spreads across the region. African swine fever — a disease that kills nearly all the pigs it infects …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Australian Insurance Broker AgriRisk Services

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian insurance broker AgriRisk Services Pty Ltd. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in North Sydney, New South Wales with offices in Tamworth, NSW and Toowoomba, Queensland, AgriRisk Services …

Missouri’s Nichols Insurance Joins Valley Insurance Agency Alliance

Nichols Insurance in Belle, Missouri, recently joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of over 120 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Nichols Insurance was founded in 2019 by owner Cody Nichols, who has a strong cattle …

Minnesota Governor: Collapsing Dairy Barns Threaten State’s Economy

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says dairy barns collapsing due to heavy snowfall are threatening the state’s economy. Walz and Sen. Tina Smith met with dairy farmers near Altura in southeastern Minnesota on Saturday. Dozens of barn roofs have collapsed in …

Hub International Acquires Manitoba-Based Desilets Insurance Brokers

Hub International Ltd., the Chicago-based insurance brokerage, announced it has acquired the shares of Desilets Insurance Brokers Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Based in Elie, Manitoba, Desilets offers personal and commercial insurance lines and specializes in providing …

ACE’s Souza Named Farm, Agribusiness Manager at AAIS

Robin Souza, a veteran agricultural insurance, is the new product manager for farm and agribusiness programs for the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS). Souza comes to AAIS from ACE Agribusiness. She previously served in agricultural insurance underwriting, loss control …