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In The Moment ... August 8, 2018 Show 396 Hour 1

There are a lot of things happening in South Dakota when it comes to agriculture.

There are ag panel discussions, cattle with anthrax and just making sure that your animals have up to date health certificates.

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven is South Dakota's State Veterinarian and he's also interim Ag Secretary.

Gov. Names Interim Agriculture Secretary

Mar 25, 2016

State Veterinarian Doctor Dustin Oedekoven is now the interim South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. He says he’s looking forward to gaining a better perspective of the department.

Oedekoven says he’s honored to serve as interim Agriculture Secretary. He says one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture in South Dakota today is getting young people involved.

SD Animal Industry Board

More than one million chickens are now at-risk for avian influenza after tests prove the disease has infected an egg-laying operation. Dakota Layers in Moody County discovered the disease in one of nine barns on the farm. That more than doubles the number of birds affected in South Dakota.

The deadly H5N2 strain of bird flu has invaded operations in nine South Dakota counties. Eight turkey farms in separate counties have tested positive for the virus. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says now the infection is confirmed in chickens.