In today’s Ag News Roundup, U.S. avian flu poultry deaths keep rising, WSDA confirms equine infections anemia in Yakima County, winter wheat crops affected by dry conditions, wolf killed in Baker County, and research shows promising new treatment to help mitigate respiratory disease associated with COVID-19.
U.S. Avian Flu Poultry Deaths Keep Rising
According to Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the number of avian influenza poultry deaths are near record highs in the U.S. More than 47 million birds have died due to the flu and culling. The deadliest outbreak occurred in 2015 with 50.5 million bird deaths.
WSDA Confirms Equine Infections Anemia
In a press release from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), officials have confirmed two Washington horses have equine infectious anemia (EIA). The two horses reside in Yakima County.
Winter Wheat Crops May be Affected by Dry Conditions
Drought and dry conditions throughout the country and the Pacific Northwest may impact wheat production. Meteorologists say forthcoming rains could change the outcome for growers in our region.
Wolf Killed in Baker County
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is investigating the shooting of a wolf known as OR-88 in Oregon’s Baker County. The wolf was part of the Lookout Mountain Pack, which was believed to be responsible for several recent livestock deaths.
OSU Research Makes New COVID-19 Treatment Possible
An Oregon State University researcher has demonstrated that it is possible to block multiple variants of COVID from entering cells and causing issues. The treatment prompts the production of a specific protein. It’s hoped the new treatment could help people avoid respiratory diseases associated with the virus.