Since the arrival of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in North America was first reported in New Jersey in early 2018, it has been found in eight other states in the US and, by the looks of a new study comparing North American habitat with the invasive tick’s native … Read More

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced this week that representatives from the North Pole were among the visitors checking out the agency’s new traveler information web page. The site, launched in September, provides important information about the agricultural items that are safe … Read More

Reports of the presence of the deadly emerald ash borer (EAB) have been confirmed in the Eagle Mountain Lake area of Tarrant County. Texas A&M Forest Service began investigating within the high-risk area following the discovery of a single EAB specimen last year. Prior to spring adult beetle emergence, the … Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Dec. 6, 2018, that it has requested that animal drug companies voluntarily revise the labels of drugs intended to treat certain internal parasites in livestock and horses to add information about antiparasitic resistance. This move comes as a result of the agency’s … Read More

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is
publishing a record of decision for the final environmental impact
statement (EIS) on cattle fever tick fencing in South Texas.

On May 31, 2018, USDA published the final environmental impact
statement that discussed how to continue … Read More

The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, NRI, encourages landowners to report wild pig sightings and damage using a new first-of-its-kind online tool. The new easy-to-use reporting tool, developed by the institute’s data analytics team, provides a unique portal for Texas landowners and homeowners to note and quickly report such sightings.

Watercraft play a big role in spreading aquatic invasive species. When a boat is transported from a water body infested with invasive species, it could inadvertently carry some of those species to an uninfested water body. The common way to reduce the probability that a boat carries invasive species is … Read More

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to understand the possible threat posed by the spread of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in several U.S. states since its discovery in 2017, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. … Read More

Following recommendations to treat the threat of internal parasites in cattle herds is a proactive way to protect production gains, and therefore profits, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said internal parasites can cause reduced appetite, reduced digestion and … Read More

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) would like to remind stakeholders of the Nov. 30, 2018, deadline for comments on the proposed rule set forth by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) on the use of portable spray dip machines, also known as spray boxes.

Portable spray dip machines, which operate like … Read More