**The California Farm Bureau is advising farmers and ranchers to take care to manage their stress as agriculture faces devastating drought and water supply cuts as well as wildfires and continued impacts from the pandemic.

Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says, “There has been a concerted effort … to consider our members’ health because what we’ve experienced in the last three years has brought a tremendous amount of uncertainty.”

**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging everyone to be informed about the devastation African swine fever can cause if it reaches the U.S. swine herd.

Vilsack tells www.agweb.com, ASF has never been detected in the U.S., however it's a very real threat to the U.S. pork industry.

He says protecting the U.S. hog herd is a high priority for the entire team at USDA, but it’s something that we can't do alone.


**National Cattlemen's Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall is talking about two atypical cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy detected in Brazil.

According to www.agrimarketing.com, Woodall says given Brazil's history of failing to report BSE cases in a timely manner, we must remain vigilant in enforcing our safeguards and holding them accountable.

Woodall says we have full faith and confidence in the abilities of the USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to enforce our safety standards and trade rules.


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