5 things to know from RFD-TV news this week

April 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RFD-TV) Take a look back at some of the top headlines from the previous week.1. Mandatory reporting for PEDV

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday mandatory reporting for two diseases impacting the pork industry.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and swine delta coronavirus infections must be reported, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, along with pig movements and vehicle and equipment leaving affected areas.

The measure is just one of several strategies to help pork producers.

The USDA’s Farm Loan Program is also working to provide credit options.

2. Disaster assistance sign-up begins

Farmers and ranchers were able to start signing up for disaster assistance programs Tuesday.

Producers who qualify had the option of four programs implemented as part of the 2014 farm bill, which included the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Livestock Indemnity Program, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised fish program.

Officials said producers can prepare for their enrollment by collecting records and contacting their Farm Service Agency office.

3. BLM ends Nevada cattle impound operation

Nearly 400 head of cattle belonging to a Nevada rancher were freed from a Bureau of Land Management compound Saturday.

In a statement, the BLM said they made the decision to conclude removing Cliven Bundy’s cattle because of serious concerns about safety of employees and members of the public.

Read the full BLM statement here.

4. Study examines where tornadoes strike

Landscape can play a role in where tornadoes touch down, according to a study by researchers at Purdue University.

They say areas with shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns.

The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Earth Interactions Journal.

5. Oak Ridge Boys enjoy rural lifestyle

The Oak Ridge Boys released a new live album this week, but when they’re not recording music they enjoy the rural lifestyle.

“The first thing I did when ‘Elvira’ hit and I had a little extra money is I bought a farm,” said lead singer Duane Allen.

The group’s new album is called “Boys Night Out” and was released in stores Tuesday.

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5 things to know from RFD-TV news this week