Stamas: Senate Agriculture Committee holding meeting in Alcona County about bovine TB

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee will be holding a public meeting with state and local officials in Alcona County on 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,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The committee meeting is open to the public to express thoughts and concerns related to TB directly to legislators. The hearing 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 meeting.”

The meeting will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12 at the Alcona Township Hall at 5576 N. US-23 in Black River, Michigan.

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 public hearing is part of a continued effort to bring Lansing to our communities,” Stamas said. “This is a serious issue facing our region and this meeting and discussion offer excellent opportunities for residents to express their concerns directly to state officials.”