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ODA discovers way to combat swine virus PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:32
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently made a scientific breakthrough that will help pork producers nationwide fight against the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Genetic sequencing of a new PED strain conducted by ODA's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory  may lead to a marketable vaccine for swine in the near future.
"The scientists at the Ohio Department of Agriculture have always been of the highest caliber, as this is not the first time they have broken new scientific ground to help secure our most important industry in our state and beyond," said ODA Director David Daniels. "Their tireless work in this important accomplishment will help ease the stress on pork producers and consumers nationwide."
PED, first confirmed in the U.S. in 2013, is a virus similar to transmissible gastroenteritis, another disease affecting pigs. The virus is most often fatal to piglets, causing diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and high mortality. The virus also sickens older hogs, though their survival rate tends to be high. PED cannot spread to humans or other species and poses no risk to food safety. However, PED remains a great concern for pork producers, with piglet mortality totaling in the millions to date.
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Some Ohio pigs found with virus PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:32
REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Agriculture is informing pork producers and veterinarians that a new coronavirus has been detected in pig fecal samples from four different swine farms in Ohio by Dr. Yan Zhang, a virologist from ODA's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory . The virus cannot spread to humans or other species and poses no risk to food safety.
The farms from which the samples were taken experienced outbreaks of a diarrheal disease in sows and piglets in January and early February of 2014. The clinical signs of the disease were similar to that of porcine epidemic diarrhea and transmissible gastroenteritis , which are both caused by coronaviruses. Electro-nmicropy of fecal samples from the four farms showed the presence of coronavirus-like viral particles. In one of the four farms, polymerase chain reaction  tests for TGE viruses and PED viruses currently circulating in the U.S. were negative, but all 10 samples were positive for a new virus. PED and the new virus were detected in fecal samples from the other three farms.
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County residents active at OFU convention PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:31
COLUMBUS - Ten participants from Wood County joined nearly 250 delegates, non-voting members and guests at the recent Ohio Farmers Union convention in Columbus. The meetings were highlighted by numerous speakers including Secretary Tom Vilsack, of the United States Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.
The focus of the convention included shaping the organization's 2014 public policy agenda. The 80th annual state convention was its largest in several years.  
Joe Logan of Trumbull County, was selected as the new president. He previously served on the OFU Executive Committee and was also previously the group's president. Logan and his family are longtime dairy farmers who also produce grains and grass-fed beef. He also serves as the co-chair of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a bipartisan fair trade advocacy group.
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Farm Briefs: 01-15-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:31
Tillage conference planned
The "Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference" is set to be held March 4 - 5.
The early registration deadline is Friday. Those wishing to register may do so online at www.ctc.osu.edu or print and mail in with check payment.
The CTC is an annual two-day educational program with around 60 speakers in concurrent sessions.  It is located at the McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, Ada.
Dwayne Beck, manager of Dakota Lakes research farm will speak on "Healthy Soil, We Know One When We See One."  
Certified Crop Advisor credits are available for all sessions which include: Corn University, Soybean School, Cover Crops, Advanced Scouting, Nutrient Management, Soil & Water Quality, Precision Farming, and Soil Quality.  
For more information contact the Wood County Extension office at 419-354-9050.
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Nominate an outstanding older Ohioan for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 09:19
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2014 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/ for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.
"So many of our older Ohioans - our Golden Buckeyes - are defined not by their age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do," said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. "The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors the vital roles our elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives."
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