Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - August 19

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Vietnam and Cambodia have been added to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's list of countries affected by African swine fever. The department added the two countries to the list late last week, after those countries' veterinary services reported the disease to the World Organization for Animal Health. The move means imports of swine or pork products from those counties won't be allowed as part of the federal government's attempts at keeping the disease out of the United States. The disease, which is deadly to hogs, already has greatly affected hog populations in various parts of the world - especially China. It's highly contagious in domestic hog populations.

Hemp seeds are smaller resemble wheat seeds in size.

In a related matter, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced late last week the funding of a three-part plan to prevent the spread of animal diseases in the U.S. The plan includes establishment of a vaccine bank, and the National Animal Preparedness and Response Program. Funding also has been expanded for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The plan was included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Industrial hemp will be the focus of a field day tomorrow at the Chippewa County agricultural research plots at Chippewa Falls. The event will be 12:30-3 p.m., with presenters talking about agronomic and production practices relating to industrial hemp for seed and fiber, according to Chippewa County UW-Extension agriculture agent Jerry Clark. A discussion of CDB oil also is planned. Presenters will be UW-Extension educators from around the state. The plots are at county Highway I and Seymour Boulevard. Information about the program is available through the Chippewa County UW-Extension office in Chippewa Falls.

The fair season starts to wind down this week, with the big Central Wisconsin State Fair going on at Marshfield, along with the Price County Fair and the Sawyer County Fair.