Bird flu discovered in the Carolinas and Vilsack on supply chain challenges

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

** The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed two additional findings of highly pathogenic wild birds with avian influenza, one in South Carolina and one in North Carolina.

The USDA tells that these results are not unexpected because wild birds may be infected with the virus and show no signs of illness.

Because they can carry the disease to new regions during migration, the USDA anticipates additional findings.

** Tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural exports in retaliation for Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key trading partners are costing agriculture a lot of US sales export.

Combined with Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports and retaliatory measures from China, this resulted in an overall loss of $27 billion in US agricultural exports from mid-2018 to 2019.

Canada, China, the European Union, India, Mexico and Turkey have all reacted to US tariffs by imposing retaliatory duties on US agricultural exports.

** Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA got to work in early 2021 to address supply chain disruptions during the pandemic.

He identified a wide range of improvements, which produced a more diverse food system serving farmers, pastoralists and consumers.

Vilsack says he has taken several USDA actions, including providing $1 billion in US bailout funds to expand independent processing capacity.