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Bovine Tuberculosis in Ottawa County Linked to Indiana Herd

LANSING – A trace investigation from two bovine tuberculosis positive cattle found at a processing facility led to the identification of a bovine TB positive roping cattle herd in Ottawa County, Michigan. The infected animals originated from an infected herd in Indiana, prior to that herd testing positive for bovine TB in December 2016. “Every time a bovine tuberculosis animal is identified at a processing plant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development work to track where the animal has traveled,” said Jarold Goodrich, DVM, acting assistant state veterinarian. “In Michigan, all cattle moving off any farm or property must have a radio-frequency identification ear tag that begins with 840 to ensure animals can be traced during a disease emergency. Additionally, there are identification and health certificate requirements for cattle moving to Michigan farms from other states.” In 2016, Indiana identified two beef herds and one white-tailed deer as bovine TB positive, all within Franklin County. Currently, Indiana is one of six states – Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Michigan – with infected herds. The type of bovine TB that has been found in both cattle and white-tailed deer in the northeastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan is unique to that area and can be identified as separate from bovine TB from other states. Whole genome sequencing, which is a specific...

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New Online Tool Offers Exporting Intel to Michigan Food and Ag Businesses

Lansing, MI – Michigan-based food and agriculture companies that currently export or are preparing to export their products now have access to a new market analysis tool that will provide insights into export opportunities around the world. In partnership with Euromonitor International, the world’s leading independent provider of strategic market research, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s International Marketing Program has created MIAgExport.com, which provides updated export opportunity analysis reports and a new interactive market tracker. These tools were designed to help companies develop an export strategy by identifying key and emerging export markets, key trends in the trade landscape, historical and forecasted consumption data, and consumer trends in countries around the world. “MIAgExport.com provides companies with the necessary tools to grow Michigan’s agricultural exports, which supports jobs on and off the farm and strengthens our state’s overall economy,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “Export intel like this makes it easier for Michigan growers and processors to reach 95 percent of the world’s consumers, who reside outside of the United States.” Export intel is available for the following Michigan industries and segments: Sweet & Savory Foods, Alcoholic Beverages (beer, hard cider/perry and spirits), Dairy Products, Energy/Breakfast Bars, Apples, Dry Beans, Blueberries, Honey, Tart Cherries, Wine, Potatoes, Pickled Products, Popcorn, and Onions. The MIAgExport.com web site is available at no charge for Michigan food and agriculture companies....

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Michigan AIM Program Reducing Pregnancy Complications through Maternal Safety Bundles at Hospitals

ANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s participation in a national effort to reduce preventable maternal deaths and severe maternal illness is showing early signs of improvement in reducing pregnancy complications. In 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Health & Hospital Association and Wayne State University joined the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM), a national maternal safety and quality improvement initiative. AIM’s goal is to implement maternal safety bundles in hospitals to improve care, prevent complications during labor and delivery and reduce maternal deaths. Michigan was one of the first states to implement safety bundles in early 2016, with five hospitals currently participating and 45 others in various planning stages. “This effort is a wonderful, collaborative initiative to ensure that every woman has access to best practices and the best chance for a safe and healthy birth experience,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with MDHHS. “Maternal death is preventable, and we encourage all birthing hospitals and physicians to join us in implementing these safety bundles statewide.” From 2011 to 2015, around 2,000 or 1.9 percent of women experienced severe maternal morbidity in Michigan. Since birthing hospitals in Michigan began participating in MI AIM, there has been a 10.5 percent decrease in severe maternal morbidity, reducing the rate to 1.7 percent. In addition, complications during labor and delivery among women who experience hemorrhage have decreased...

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Schuette Reminds Students to Continue to Use OK2SAY; Tip Line has Received More Than 11,000 Tips through January 2018

LANSING ­– Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today reminds Michigan students about the OK2SAY program. OK2SAY is the student safety program that enables students to confidentially report anything that they feel threatens their safety or the safety of others. Tips can be submitted using email, mobile app, telephone, text message, or the OK2SAY website. OK2SAY BACKGROUND In the majority of violent school incidents, someone knew about the threat before it was carried out, but they failed to report it. Often, students choose to keep quiet because they fear retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The result is a culture of silence in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another had chosen to speak out. OK2SAY empowers students to break the code of silence. In January, OK2SAY received 495 tips, which puts the total number of tips since its September 2014 launch at 11,229. Tips are submitted across 30 categories, with most tips reporting suicide threats, bullying, assault, self-harm, and drugs. HOW TO SUBMIT A TIP Students, teachers, parents, school officials, friends and neighbors can all submit tips, if they are aware of a threat. Tips can be submitted though the following ways: Call: 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) Text: 652729 (OK2SAY) Email: OK2SAY@mi.gov Online: OK2SAY.com Bookmark It Hide...

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Senator Stabenow Hosts Michigan Veteran to Share Perspective on the Importance of the Farmer Veterans Programs in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today hosted Nick Babcock, President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan, to share his story as a farmer veteran and discuss the importance of incentives in the Farm Bill with Senators and leaders of the veteran community. Babcock was one of seven veteran leaders from across the country that participated in the discussion hosted by Senators. “Our veterans put their lives on the line to serve our country and shouldn’t stand at the back of any line –including an opportunity for a good job,” said Senator Stabenow. “Nick was able to start a great career in farming, and I appreciate that he is helping other veterans do the same.” During the discussion, Babcock shared his perspective as a veteran who successfully started a career in agriculture, and said that farming gave him stability and changed his life for the better during his transition from the military. Babcock also highlighted several initiatives in the Farm Bill that have helped veterans like him start a farm. “Agriculture provided me with a positive coping mechanism when I needed it most,” said Nick Babcock. “I appreciate Senator Stabenow’s work to connect veterans like me with opportunities to start a career on the farm.” Senator Stabenow authored the current Farm Bill in 2014 and led the effort to strengthen support for farmer veterans. For the...

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