Avian Influenza or “Bird Flu” is a type of influenza that is specific to poultry. It is introduced into commercial flocks from migratory birds who carry the virus. Some strains of the virus are very aggressive and have the potential to greatly influence American poultry production and consumption. This is because after exposure, generally 100% of the flock perishes. Not only does Avian Influenza pose a threat to commercial poultry, but also backyard poultry. Anyone raising poultry could potentially be impacted. It is very important that poultry managers know the signs of Avian Influenza and the steps to take if exposure in the flock is suspected. The Ohio Poultry Emergency Disease Management Committee, which is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Department of Agriculture, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, The Ohio Poultry Association, and OSU Veterinary Extension has put together a brochure to help spread the word in the poultry community. Please share it with your peers.
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This article originally appeared in the March 14, 2016 edition of The Journal-Leader.
Salutations! My name is Christine Gelley. I am the new Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for Noble County. I am a native of Ashland County, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University. For the past couple years I called Knoxville, TN “home” while attending the University of Tennessee for graduate school. My husband, daughter, and I are delighted to be back in the Buckeye State and excited to join the Noble County community.
Why did I join Extension? Well, Extension workers have a creed that can answer that very question and I whole heartedly believe in these statements originally prepared by W.A. Lloyd in 1922:
Extension Workers Creed
I BELIEVE in people and their hopes, their aspirations, and their faith; in their right to make their own plans and arrive at their own decisions; in their ability and power to enlarge their lives and plan for the happiness of those they love.
I BELIEVE that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiative, self-determination, and leadership; that these are the keys to democracy and that people, when given facts they understand, will act not only in their self-interest but also in the interest of society.
I BELIEVE that education is a lifelong process and the greatest university is the home; that my success as a teacher is proportional to those qualities of mind and spirit that give me welcome entrance to the homes of families I serve.
I BELIEVE in intellectual freedom to search for and present the truth without bias and with courteous tolerance toward the views of others.
I BELIEVE that Extension is a link between the people and the ever-changing discoveries in the laboratories.
I BELIEVE in the public institutions of which I am a part.
I BELIEVE in my own work and in the opportunity I have to make my life useful to humanity.
Because I BELIEVE these things, I am an extension professional.
I am looking forward to assisting in your quests for information about topics in agriculture and natural resources! Look for me out in the community or at the extension office.
Call, click, or stop by. I will be happy to chat with you about plant and animal agricultural systems, gardening, insects, weeds, and more.
Noble County Extension Office
46049 Marietta Rd. Suite 2
Caldwell, OH 43724
Office Phone: (740) 732-5681