Ag News: USDA on ASF in Haiti and Bayer to Offer Organic Seeds
**The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service calls the discovery of African swine fever in Haiti unfortunate, but not unexpected.
A case of ASF was reported to the World Organization for Animal Health after confirmed by the USDA last week.
The sample was collected from a pig in a province bordering the Dominican Republic, where ASF was discovered this summer.
APHIS said it has numerous interlocking safeguards in place to prevent ASF from entering the United States.
**The USDA and Health and Human Services unveiled a joint resource guide to help people in rural and Tribal communities increase access to childcare services.
The guide provides useful information to help rural communities address the need for improved access to affordable, high-quality childcare and early learning facilities.
USDA Rural Development undersecretary Justin Maxson says access to quality and affordable healthcare “enables parents to work, strengthens the economy and supports children’s overall development.
**Bayer announced last week it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seed.
The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market, including tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber, followed by tomato rootstock varieties in 2023.
Bayer's expanded portfolio is in direct response to increased customer need for high-quality organic seed.
Learn more at www.vegetables.bayer.com