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Culicoides sonorensis. (Scott Bauer photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Livestock seen threatened as biting insects press north

Bluetongue’s most recent appearance in the Canadian cattle herd may be a taste of what’s to come as insect species expand northward, a new study warns. Anna Zuliani, previously a graduate student in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM), recently published a paper on how geographical distribution of biting midges relates to the […] Read more

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Dutch elm disease on the march, so check your trees

Both the number of beetles carrying the disease and the number of municipalities with infected beetles are increasing

Reading Time: < 1 minute Albertans are being urged to check their elm trees for symptoms of Dutch elm disease (DED). “All species of elm trees in Alberta are susceptible to DED,” said Janet Feddes-Calpas, executive of the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED). “If a tree is infected with this fungus, it must be removed immediately to prevent […] Read more


Cereal Cyst Nematode confirmed in Montana

Cereal Cyst Nematode confirmed in Montana

Reading Time: < 1 minute The effects of Cereal Cycst Nematode (CCN) can be confused with Rhizoctonia root rot. Now is the time to watch for signs/symptoms of this pest in cereals. For more information on what symptoms and signs look like, see the Montana AgAlert for CCN. To learn more, or to see more MSU alerts, visit the Montana […] Read more

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Canada blocking poultry from Montana, South Dakota

Canada is blocking cross-border shopping for raw poultry, eggs and live birds from another border state, after H5N2 avian flu was confirmed in central Montana on Friday. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Friday expanded restrictions that block travellers to Canada from H5N2-positive states from bringing in live birds, hatching eggs, eggs, yolks, egg […] Read more