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Got Questions about Mad Cow Disease?
For information, news, and contacts visit the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy page.
Foot-and-Mouth Disease is caused by a virus that infects two-toed farm and wild animals, such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. To find out more about the disease and how you can help stop its spread, visit the LSU EDEN site on Foot-and-Mouth Disease.
Farming is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with 20.3 farm fatalities occurring annually for every 100,000 farm workers. With an average of 60,000 farm workers in Alabama, these figures suggest an average of 12 farm worker fatalities annually in Alabama. Not included in these statistics are the numerous accidents that result in injury. You can reduce the numbers by teaching your workers safe work practices and by using those practices yourself.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Emergency Preparedness and Response site includes information on topics such as animal health Emergency, pet evacuation and shelter, plant health emergency, and emergency contacts.
Farm Safety and Security
- U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Safety and Health Administration includes on its Web site technical links to safety and health topics such as agricultural operations and grain handling.
- Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals, families and communities with educational opportunities and resources.
- Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture
- State Veterinarian
- eXtension Agricultural Disaster Preparedness provides information on farm security, agro- and biosecurity, and other related topics.
Preparing for Disasters
- The Alabama Forestry Commission provides information about rural community fire protection as well as the current status of county fire alerts.
- Alabama’s Water Quality Program includes a comprehensive database of answers to questions on a variety of water-related topics. The questions are subcategorized under general information or one of the eight current USDA/CSREES water quality themes.
- USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service provides information on current agricultural hot issues, including plant and animal diseases, through its Emergency Response portal.
- National Plant Diagnostic Network
- Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
- Ag Damage Assessment and Economic Costs Estimation form was published by Penn State Extension. It includes sections on
- Animal losses (owner, contract grower)
- Crop losses
- Structures and facilities losses
- Stored materials losses, and
- Machinery and equipment losses
- The USDA provides information on different programs available for farmers during an emergency or disaster. 2014 Disaster Program Information Brochure.
- The USDA's Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance site provides assistance to farmers and other rural residents after natural disasters. This site also includes information for farmers who have losses resulting from crop or livestock disease or pest infestation. USDA also offers a Disaster Resource Center that includes a searchable database.
- The Risk Management Agency of the USDA provides information on a variety of issues that concern agriculture producers.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency provides the following links: