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Citrus Greening Disease found in Harris County, Texas

Date: July 25th, 2014

Source:  AgriLife Today

Owners of citrus trees in Harris County should be on the lookout for carriers and symptoms of a disease recently discovered there, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said.

Citrus greening was confirmed in a tree at a retail nursery south of Houston on July 16. The disease, which is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, has no cure and eventually kills infected trees, according to AgriLife Extension horticulture specialist Monte Nesbitt of College Station.

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More Citrus Greening Disease Resources:

How to test for Citrus Greening

Citrus Greening in Texas

Pictures of Citrus Greening

Insect Control for Citrus Greening (pdf)

Quarantines and controls for South Texas

Texas A&M Water Education Network

Date: July 24th, 2014

Access this link for water conservation, management, quality and irrigation tips from Texas A&M AgriLife Water Education Network website.


Children During and After a Disaster

Date: July 22nd, 2014

These two links lead to publications explaining how to help your child during and after a disaster, how to cope with trauma, and games and activities for shelters and evacuation centers.



Connect to AgriLife TODAY

Date: July 17th, 2014

Connecting to AgriLife TODAY is a great way to stay connected with what’s currently happening with agriculture around the state, nation and world, as well as the accomplishments of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


Identifying Deer and Feral Hog Tracks

Date: July 16th, 2014

Utilize this Texas AgriLife Extension video resource to determine the difference between a deer’s tracks and those of a feral hog.


Texas Invaders: Feral Hogs

Date: July 14th, 2014

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

This video highlights the impact feral hogs can make and presents resources available for assistance in abating the exotic, invasive wildlife species damage in Texas.


Vesicular Stomatitis Detected

Date: July 11th, 2014

Source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Two head of cattle in Jim Wells County were recently diagnosed with VS after being tested at a USDA laboratory. VS can cause blisters and sores in the mouth area, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and many other animals. This is the first case of VS in cattle in the United States since 2006 and these animals are being quarantined. For more information about this case and VS facts, utilize the Texas Animal Health Commission links and resources.

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Texas Animal Health Commission website


Strategies for Radioactive Decontamination of Livestock

Date: July 10th, 2014

Source: Colorado State University Extension

Access this link to watch an online webinar or PowerPoint to learn more about the proper process of radioactive decontamination in livestock.


Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

Date: July 9th, 2014

Source:  Texas Animal Health Commission, National Disaster Education Network

Although PEDv was diagnosed in the United States in July of 2013 for the first time, it has not made an appearance in Texas.  PEDv is not transmittable to humans and is not a threat to food safety.

PEDv causes rapid dehydration in young piglets resulting in a high percentage of deaths. PEDv is a production-related disease that currently has no treatment, so emphasis should be placed on prevention and control.

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Texas Animal Health Commission – Animal Health News

Date: July 8th, 2014

View updates and information about emerging Animal Health issues in Texas such as Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Anthrax, Biosecurity for Swine Validation and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv).