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Pennsylvania ag secretary Redding and Chris Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries, visited Nelson Sensenig’s 280-acre organic egg farm in Lebanon County last week to discuss how a new partnership through the PA Farm Bill’s Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence will assist swine, poultry and small ruminant producers.

Biosecurity has long been stressed as the best way to keep avian influenza from devastating the industry, but a side benefit could be helping to control infectious coryza, a respiratory illness that can kill birds.

Recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states remind us of the need to always be vigilant against this disease.