Disease. One of the scariest words in farming and food production. In a state that’s king of the poultry industry, expert planning, precautions and emergency response are chief priorities to keep outbreaks at bay.
In 2004, avian influenza reached Delmarva. Its viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Afterward, University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty and Cooperative Extension personnel assessed the situation and brainstormed disease management protocol to prevent and limit future outbreaks. With an engineering background and an aptitude for water flow processing — critical in disease control — Professor Eric Benson was asked to join the poultry disease and emergency management efforts led by UD’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Read the full article on UDaily.