New Report from Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense finds animal agriculture increasingly threatened – Calls for immediate action

‘Defense of Animal Agriculture’ Provides Specific Recommendations for Protecting One of the Largest Sectors of U.S. Economy    The increasing rate of emerging and reemerging animal diseases, along with threats and attempts by those with nefarious intent to attack food and agriculture, point to the need to reduce the biological risk to America’s food and […]

AgConnect® technology showcases potential to protect US cattle industry

In the spring of 2010, John Wenzel, DVM, New Mexico State University Extension Veterinarian, observed an increasing number of bred cows aborting their calves. By the fall of 2011, that number spiked even more. Using early technology that was later developed into the mHealth mobile application, a component of the AgConnect® system, Wenzel was able […]

New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Rapid Diagnostic Kit gets license for use in U.S. Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2017 DHS S&T Press Office John Verrico, (202) 254-2385 Washington — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) announced today the licensing of a rapid-response (three-hour) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) diagnostic kit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).  Developed by […]

Moss joins IIAD as program coordinator

Kristen Moss has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, as a program coordinator effective May 1. Moss will be working with the Institute’s AgConnect® team and will assist in managing day-to-day logistical activities in support of specific large-scale project efforts. Moss will be […]

Workshop discusses national bio-surveillance system for US swine industry

Last week, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, along with the National Pork Board (NPB) and the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), hosted a workshop to discuss the development of a national bio-surveillance system for the U.S. swine industry. The meeting, which also received sponsorship […]

IIAD to assist in analysis of competencies and curricula guidelines for global veterinary para-professional standards development project

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence and a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centre in biological threat reduction, will assist in an analysis of existing para-professional curricula for a project entitled, Veterinary Para-professional Standards Development. The project, which will provide recommendations […]

AgConnect® provides technology foundation for National Dairy FARM Program application

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently used AgConnect® as a technology foundation to provide a single, integrated solution for data collection, management and analysis for the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) ProgramTM. This effort, which is directed by the National […]

Fellowship Opportunity: DHS Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Directorate

Click here to apply for this opportunity. Reference Code DHS-RPP-CBD-2017-0001How To Apply A complete application package consists of: An application Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.  Selected candidate must provide proof […]