The Same Focus. A Different View.

The Same Focus. A Different View.

Denise Gillin News

Every once in a while, it’s good to change your view. It gives you a new perspective, opens up opportunities, and facilitates growth. At Murray, the new view comes as we announce a fresh look and brand identity as a part of our ongoing development as an ESOP and agency. As we continue to grow in our ability to help clients anticipate and prepare for a more secure future, we have refreshed our brand identity to better reflect who we are today, and where we want to be tomorrow. Our new name and look come from months of research conducted among our internal team and leaders, and our clients. We sought to bring out the best of what it means …

USDA Enhances African Swine Fever Surveillance Efforts

Courtney Meyer Agribusiness, News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is furthering its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. As part of this plan, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will work with the swine industry, the states, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories to test for ASF. ASF is a highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs. It does not affect human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. ASF has never been detected in the United States. Tell me more >>>

Avian Coryza

Courtney Meyer Agribusiness, News

Avian Coryza is an emerging poultry respiratory disease in some regions of the United States. Severe facial edema is probably the most notorious clinical sign which couples with a sharp decrease in egg production in laying hens. Read more here >>> For Pennsylvania Department of Ag flock recommendation letter: Flock recommendation letter 4-4-19 Final For Pennsylvania Department of Ag biosecurity principles: StandardE-BiosecurityPrinciples 2019

Farm Bureau Disaster Relief

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News

No one is certain how much devastation the flooding and blizzard have caused in Nebraska, but total losses from livestock and crops could reach billions according to the “Omaha World-Herald”. Nebraska Farm Bureau established a Disaster Relief Fund at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding. Priority will be given to efforts to restore health and safety in rural communities and to farm and ranch households that have been damaged or displaced by the natural disaster. 100% of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters. For information on how you can help >>>>

Does Your Business Need a Spotted Lanternfly Permit?

Matt Olphin Agribusiness, News, Risk Management

To prevent the spread of spotted lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) issued a quarantine for counties where the presence of this pest has been confirmed. Businesses and organizations conducting business in the quarantine zone must have permits from PDA to move vehicles, equipment and goods within and out of the zone. Click for more information >>>

7 Tips for Grain Bin Safety

Courtney Meyer Agribusiness, News

Today’s large grain augers can transfer from two to four times as much grain as augers of the past. Your body can become completely submerged in about 8 seconds, leaving you helpless. Crusted, spoiled and wet grain associated with wet harvest (as well as remaining grain from last year’s wetter harvest) can also contribute to grain bin suffocation. As grain is removed from the bin it can bridge and form a cavity under the crusted surface. There’s little chance of survival if you are walking on the surface when the crust breaks and you plunge into flowing or hot grain. Read the safety tips here >>>

Farm Bureau Urges FDA to Enforce Milk Labeling Standards

Courtney Meyer Agribusiness, News

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is urging the Food and Drug Administration to vigorously enforce food standards regarding the labeling of dairy products and prohibit the misleading labeling of nut-based and plant-based food products as “milk.” “Products identified as almond milk, soy milk and similar items are not being held to the same FDA standards as milk and dairy products that come from healthy cows, yet they still benefit by using the term ‘milk’ on their packaging,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “Through their packaging, labeling and location in the refrigerated dairy section, these imitation products directly compete with and are marketed as substitutes for beverage milk products. It’s time for FDA to enforce its existing rule and forbid imitation nut and …

Preparing for New Cyber Threats

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, News, Risk Management

According to an article by Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk, published on Leader’s Edge website, as companies look to the year ahead, they should make sure they are prepared for the types of cyber attacks they might encounter in 2019. The cyber threat environment is more sophisticated than ever, and nation-states have increasingly played a role, often in coordination with other actors. Even the best chief information security officers are evaluating their programs against current threats and beefing up.   Tell me more >>>

ACA Form 1095 Deadline Extended

Tom Henschke Health Benefits Administration, Human Resources, News

According to BASIC HR Compliance & Technology, the IRS has extended the due date for certain 2018 information-reporting requirements for insurers, self-insuring employers, and certain other providers of minimum essential coverage under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code and for applicable large employers under section 6056 of the Code. Read more here.