Committee meeting in Alcona County about bovine TB

The Senate Agriculture Committee will be holding a public meeting in Alcona County on Monday, June 12 to discuss bovine tuberculosis (TB) in the region.

In northeast Michigan, bovine TB is persistent in wild deer and a continuous threat to area dairy and cattle farmers. The committee meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Alcona Township Hall at 5576 N. US-23 in Black River.

The meeting is open to the public to express thoughts and concerns related to TB directly to legislators. It will also feature presentations from the state veterinarian and provide an opportunity to ask department experts about bovine TB in the region. I encourage all concerned residents to attend.

The public will be able to make comments after the presentations and officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be on site to answer questions.

Among those participating from the state agencies in the meeting are Dr. James Averill, state veterinarian with MDARD, and Dr. Kelly Straka, state wildlife veterinarian at the DNR.

This committee meeting is part of a continued effort to bring Lansing to our communities. This is a serious issue facing our region and this meeting and discussion offer an excellent opportunity for residents to express their concerns directly to state officials.