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The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 36th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $53.31, or less than $6 per person. This is a $6.41 or 14 percent increase from last year’s average of $46.90.

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I hope you have all been watching the migration of the African swine fever (ASF) over the past few years. The virus started in Africa but has migrated throughout Europe and Asia. 

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USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) recently announced that a vaccine used in combination with safer pesticides has eradicated a multi-pesticide resistant population of cattle ticks from a dairy and beef production farm in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.

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The USDA will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. The work will be done through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands.

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Despite the passage of the continuing resolution to keep the government funded through January 19, the $81 billion disaster aid bill is hung up until after the new year.