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Rural Hospitals Face Staffing Shortages Amid Omicron Outbreak

Small, rural hospitals are struggling to keep, find or hire staff as the omicron variant begins its push across rural America. Rural healthcare advocates say it's already creating an unsafe situation.

Cutting Into The Center Of Meat Processors' Labor Pains, This State Is Rolling Out A Hot Dog Factory On Wheels

As labor woes continue to cripple meat processing plants, Missouri is rolling out a unique concept to answer many processors’ biggest need. The classroom on wheels will provide workforce development at a pivotal time.

Pfizer Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval: “Now is the Time to Get Vaccinated,” White House Says

Dr. Bechara Choucair, White House vaccination coordinator, joins AgriTalk’s Chip Flory to discuss Full FDA approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years old and older.

John Phipps: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Have Long-Haul Implications for Veterinarians

During the pandemic, companion animals were popular family additions. Pet ownership increased from 67-70% of households in one year, an all-time high. John Phipps explains why it could have lasting implications.

Rural Vaccination Rates on the Rise in 19 States as COVID-19 Testing, Cases See Uptick

COVID-19 testing and cases are on the rise as the push to get America vaccinated continues. New data shows rural vaccination rates are up in 19 states, while questions remain about the new Delta variant.

Covid Protocols For Clinics Get Updated By The CDC

If you have a mixed practice or work out of a clinic, in addition to going to the farm or ranch to treat cattle, be aware of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Biden Administration: Fully Vaccinated People Don’t Need Masks

The CDC recently announced new protocols for fully vaccinated people. Chip Flory discusses these new measures Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccination with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

“We know rural areas are different from urban areas, people are more spread out, it's not always as easy to travel to one location that's close to everyone to get a vaccine," Dr. Murthy says.

Veterinarians Authorized To Administer COVID-19 Vaccine In Some States

Veterinary technicians, podiatrists, dentists and paramedics are also being authorized to administer the vaccine.

Researchers Hope To 'Predict and Prevent' Future Pandemics

Ohio State University scientists are looking for SARS-CoV-2 in animals and the environment.

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Vilsack Weighs In On Parallel Between COVID-19 and Animal Disease Outbreaks

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the country anything, it’s that there is a tremendous amount of synergy between the circumstances of a pandemic involving humans and those involving animals. 

Nebraska Rancher Uses Herd to Honor Frontline Workers

David Schuler’s Christmastime tradition turned into a tribute to those working on as first responders through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meat Packers Accelerated Spread of COVID-19, Study Says

New research published by the National Academy of Sciences ties livestock meat packing plants to 6% to 8% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, and 3% to 4% of the deaths through late July.

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Danelle Bickett-Weddle: Perspective Is Invaluable To Progress

Look for veterinarians and producers to work together more closely in the months ahead to make farms more resilient, through the use of contingency planning and improved standard operating procedures.

Farmers are quickly adapting to COVID-19 challenges so their products can safely and efficiently travel from farm to the hands of consumers.
5 Ways COVID-19 Has Transformed the Food Supply Chain

Here are just a few of the ways COVID-19 is recasting the supply chain.

Signal to Noise: Was USDA Slow to Act?

In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Pro Farmer policy analyst Jim Wiesmeyer takes USDA to task for a slow response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly when it comes to meat packing plants.

“Courage is Grace Under Pressure”

“Courage recognizes the significant work of farmers, their families, farm communities and all who are engaged in feeding the world.”

About 20 rural hospitals are seeing a surge in cases now, and their in-patient beds are full.
Rural Communities See Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Three trends are currently underway in the countryside.

People versus business is a false choice. We have to save the people in order to save the economy. The idea of sacrificing a few for the good of the many has a strange parallel which should be familiar to farmers: international trade.
John Phipps: Saving People is Saving the Economy in COVID-19 Recovery

People versus business is a false choice. We have to save the people in order to save the economy. The idea of sacrificing a few for the good of the many has a strange parallel which should be familiar to farmers.

“Kelly is dumping roughly 35,000 lb. per day,” Johnson says. “That amount was determined by logistics, but it turns out to be a good amount for us to be able to feed, so we’re able to offset those losses by feeding the dumped milk back to the cows.” 
A Farmer and Her Nutritionist’s Experience Feeding Dump Milk to Cows

When New York farmer Kelly Hendrickson was told she would have to start dumping milk, her milk inspector planted a seed in her mind.

Economic assessment study conducted by NCBA.
COVID-19: Cattle Industry Losses Estimated At $13.6 Billion

Estimated cattle industry losses due to COVID-19 will reach $13.6 billion, according to a study by ag economists conducted to assist USDA in determining how best to allocate CARES Act relief funds to cattle producers.

Trump Administration to Unveil $15.5 Bln Coronavirus Farm Aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend up to $15.5 billion in the initial phase of its plan to bolster the nation's food supply chain against the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

Farmers from across the country are being asked to dump their milk this week, as the restaurant and food service demand crumbled rapidly due to COVID-19.
As Dairies Dump Milk, Frustration Mounts Over Retail Buying Limits

Farmers across the country are being asked to dump their milk, as food service demand crumbled rapidly due to COVID-19. Still, farmers are frustrated that consumers can't buy as much milk as they want right now.

With the direct contact method, a susceptible animal becomes exposed through physical contact when the agent from an infected animal or the environment enters open wounds, mucous membranes, or the skin through blood, saliva, nose-to-nose, rubbing, or biting another animal.
Clinical Refresher: The Five Routes of Disease Transmission

Concerns about COVID-19 have people worried about the health and safety of their families, businesses and livestock. Here’s a recap of the methods in which disease is spread.

The betacoronavirus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV).
Resources Available To Address COVID-19

AVMA and other organizations are stepping up to fill the information void for veterinarians.