Biosec Agriculture

Wind, PRRS and Pig Farm Biosecurity: Learn from Our Outbreak

By BENNY MOTE-UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN Traditionally, Nebraska has fared better than many of our neighbors when it comes to swine diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). However, the last several months have been extremely brutal here in Nebraska in relation to PRRS breaks. High health farms that have […]

Salmonella Standards: FSIS Turns its Focus to Pork

  The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is taking a closer look at Salmonella performance standards for livestock as part of a comprehensive approach to reduce human illness by Salmonella by 25%. Last October, FSIS announced it would be mobilizing a stronger and more comprehensive effort to reduce Salmonella illnesses associated with poultry products. […]

Biosecurity: What It Is and Why It Matters

Biosecurity was originally defined by Koblentz (2010) as “a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.” This has since been updated and adopted into EU Animal Health Law (2016) as “the sum of management and physical measures designed to reduce the risk of the introduction, development and spread […]


The USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS) just accomplished an important first against one of the world’s deadliest swine diseases. ARS scientists developed a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) that protects hogs from the ASF strain found in Europe and Asia. This news couldn’t come at a better time for U.S. pork producers. The lethal […]

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