Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gastrointestinal parasites topic of Va. conference

The All Worms, All Day Delmarva Small Ruminant Conference will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial University CVM Teaching Center, 203 Debusk Farm Drive, Ewing VA 24248.
The all-day conference will focus exclusively on gastrointestinal parasites, which are problematic on most small ruminant farms. The program will seek to educate stakeholders on the most up-to-date methods and recommendations for controlling parasites. It will include general sessions and a separate program for older youth. All youth registrants MUST be accompanied by a registered adult.
            All speakers in the adult program are members of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC). They include Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Virginia State University; Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Nelson Escobar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland; and Dr. Niki Whitley, Fort Valley State University. Youth instructor will be Chantel Wilson (4H-STEAM Specialist).
The program is a collaborative effort among Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension. Collaborators also include Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty members (Drs. Gilbert Patterson, Gerry Roberson and Philippa Gibbons). The 2019 Conference organizers include Dahlia O’Brien and Amy Fannon with VCE.
The cost is $50 per adult and $30 for youth ages 14-18. For more information, contact Mark Klingman at (804) 524-5493 or If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mark Klingman (804) 524-5493 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.



8 AM-9 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 AM-9:15 AM: Welcome and Overview of LMU’s Veterinary Medicine Program
9:15 AM-10:00 AM: Biology, species, life cycles, symptoms (Dahlia)
10 AM-10:45 AM: Pasture management (Whitley)
10:45 AM-11 AM: AM Break
11 AM-noon: Treatments -- drugs, natural, TST (Susan)
Noon-1 PM: LUNCH (lamb and goat)
1 PM-1:45 PM: Genetics (Kwame)
1:45 PM-2:30 PM: Integrated parasite management (Nelson)
2:30 PM-2:45 PM: PM Break
2:45 PM-3:30 PM: Ask the experts (panel of speakers and LMU veterinarians)


8 AM-9 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 AM-9:15 AM: Welcome and Overview of LMU’s Veterinary Medicine Program
9:15 AM-10:45 AM: Worms/parasites: vocabulary ice breaker; Grass, goats and uninvited guests (Wilson, agents and LMU vet students)
10:45 AM-11 AM: AM Break
11 AM-noon: Grass, goats and uninvited guests (Wilson, agents and LMU vet students)
Noon-1 PM: LUNCH (lamb and goat)
1 PM-2:30 PM: Got guts? Anatomy of the ruminant stomach (LMU faculty and students); Worm JEOPARDY
2:30 PM-2:45 PM: PM Break
2:45 PM-3:30 PM: Ask the experts (panel of speakers and LMU veterinarians)



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Friday, November 8, 2019

Flights Above the Mississippi Alluvial Plain to Continue Aquifer Mapping

New Phase of USGS Low-level Surveys Begins

A low-flying airplane will soon be visible to residents in the multi-state area comprising the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP), marking the beginning of the next stage of the U.S. Geological Survey’s high-resolution airborne survey project to map aquifers.
Coordinated by USGS scientists to map the properties of aquifers throughout parts of the MAP, the low-level flights are intended to provide critical data needed by state and local decisionmakers to evaluate and manage groundwater resources in the region.
Beginning in early November and lasting for 2-3 months, an airplane contracted by the USGS and operated by CGG Airborne of Ontario, Canada, will make low-level flights over more than 20 million acres and seven states within the MAP. Experienced pilots specially trained and approved for low-level flying will operate the aircraft. All flights are coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure accordance with U.S. law. The flights will be based out of Greenwood-Leflore Airport in Mississippi for the first three weeks. Follow the planned flight lines here.
CGG Airplane Contracted by USGS
Airplane that will conduct low-level flights. Beneath the plane, a "bird" receiver sits and will be towed behind the aircraft during the survey. Operated by CGG under contract to the USGS. Photo courtesy CGG.
(Public domain.)
The first segment of regional survey flights completed in early 2019 have provided unique and previously impossible views of the MAP’s shallow aquifer system. In this second phase, the survey will acquire data from the subsurface up to 1,000 feet below ground, or 2-3 times deeper than previous flights.
Instruments on the airplane will collect information about the geology in shallow aquifers of the region. When the data analysis is complete, resulting state-of-the-art maps will help USGS researchers understand the aquifer system that supports groundwater resources at depths up to about 1,000 feet underground.
This survey will be flown mainly east-west at an altitude of 400 feet along lines spaced approximately 4 miles apart. The airplane will have an attached electromagnetic instrument housed in a small receiver that is towed 300 feet behind and about 150 feet beneath the aircraft. All survey flights will occur during daylight hours.
Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying aircraft with a small towed sensor behind it. The airplane will also carry scientific instruments including a magnetometer and a gamma-ray spectrometer. None of the instruments pose a health risk to people or animals, and flights will not occur directly over populated areas.
The survey is being conducted by the USGS Water Availability and Use Program as part of the MAP Regional Water Availability Study. More information about the MAP project can be found online.
Map of Planned Flight Lines
Overview map of planned flight lines for upcoming Mississippi Alluvial Plain aerial survey. Map is also available online
(Public domain.)
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