Public Health

March 14, 2019
In the age of free information, misinformation, and incomplete information, it’s often challenging for the info-hungry consumer to distinguish evidence-based facts from alternative facts, and truthful reporting from fake news. This concept is not new for you, readers. Collectively, we regularly debunk myths that threaten the integrity of our work, from correctly defining GMOs to preserving and defending appropriate farm animal welfare.
March 5, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota published a report which outlines the extent of the lead problem in Minnesota’s residential drinking water and estimates the costs to eliminate it. The Minnesota Legislature directed the analysis in 2017, in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
January 29, 2019
Last week, farm advocates, families affected by farmer suicide, and mental health counselors called on Minnesota lawmakers in the House Agriculture, Food Finance, and Policy Committee to fast-track three funding bills for farmer support resources. The bills would provide $150,000 in additional funding through June 2019 for state mental health programs, including training for additional mental health counselors. The bills would also triple the funding for the next two years.
January 17, 2019
Voters are concerned about how their food is produced and are actively using their votes to make changes. The most recent election cycle brought about another animal welfare voter initiative in California, Proposition 12, which establishes minimum space requirements based on square feet for calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens and bans the sale of products from operations that don’t meet the requirements.
December 27, 2018
As the year draws to a close, it’s natural to look back and reflect. Last year was eventful on all fronts. In food safety, we saw repeated outbreaks of potentially deadly E.coli on US romaine lettuce and the largest ever Listeria outbreak.
December 20, 2018
The Board of Animal Health released a newsbyte on December 17th regarding the spread and impact of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States, an invasive species from Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
December 18, 2018
After much debate, diplomats from nearly 200 countries reached a deal on Saturday, December 15th in Katowice, Poland, to keep the Paris climate agreement alive by adopting a new set of rules.
November 29, 2018
California residents received hopeful news during the Thanksgiving week: officials declared the Woolsey Fire in southern California and the Camp Fire in northern California 100% contained.
November 6, 2018
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a two commercial turkey flocks in Stearns County and Kandiyohi County.
October 18, 2018
Wednesday October 17th marks the legalization of marijuana nationwide in Canada; it is the second and largest developed country to legalize the use of marijuana nationwide. What is the impact on us as animal health professionals?