It’s that West Nile time of year!

Well folks, it’s that time of year again…. The smell of hot dogs roasting on the grill and the sweet taste of grandma’s famous cobbler are the best ways to celebrate July 4th.  The summer holiday is sure to draw families and friends outdoors; however, agricultural workers spend long hours outside all summer long.  Before you walk out the door for work or play, remember to prepare for your extra summer companion, the mosquito. With the recent flooding in our area, we have to be extra cautious of the growing population of mosquitoes.

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Deadlines extended for pesticide safety RFAs

The deadline on the Field Implementation Meetings project (EPA-OPP-2015-005) was extended to July 13th.

The deadline for the other one, Pesticide Safety Resources project (EPA-OPP-2015-004) stays at July 12th.

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Medina County Captive Deer

A two-year-old white-tailed deer in a Medina County deer breeding facility has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This is the first case of CWD detected in captive white-tailed deer in Texas. CWD was first detected in Texas in 2012 in free-ranging mule deer in the Hueco Mountains in far West Texas.

The Medina County tissue samples submitted by the breeder facility in early June as part of routine deer mortality surveillance revealed the presence of CWD during testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the findings on Tuesday, June 30.

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