USDA Awards Funding to Protect U.S. Cattle from FMD

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Cattle, Funding, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), USDA-APHIS

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last week awarded the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) with $445,400 in funding to advance the Secure Beef Supply Plan. The plan would go into effect in the event of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the U.S. “NCBA is grateful for this critical funding to help continue defending the U.S. cattle herd from …

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APHIS Reopens Comment Period on Request to Produce FMD Vaccine

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Pork, USDA

(USDA/APHIS) — In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) sought public comment on a petition from a vaccine manufacturer seeking approval to produce foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine consisting of a modified non-infectious and non-transmissible strain of the virus on the U.S. mainland. Today (12/1/2020), APHIS is reopening the comment period for …


Animal Ag Groups Ask for Permanent Funding for Disease Preparedness

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

A coalition of animal agriculture stakeholders is seeking permanent funding for disease preparedness programs in the farm bill. In a letter to the farm bill conferee members, who will be ironing out differences between the House and Senate bills, the group specifically seeks permanent full funding for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. The groups say permanent funding …


Talk of Animal Disease Vaccine Bank

Dan Cattle, Livestock

During the recent Farm Bill listening session held in Florida, support for a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank was discussed, and we are hearing more and more folks in the livestock industry echoing that very same message. According to a report from Stephanie Ho, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he also supports the idea of a vaccine bank, …

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Veterinarians: Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank

Dan General

Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease. The 23 veterinarians are in town as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program of the …

NPPC Farm Bill Priority: FMD Vaccine Bank

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative, Pork

The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next Farm Bill is establishing a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, the National Pork Producers Council told a House Agriculture subcommittee in testimony. “If this country ever had an FMD outbreak, it not only would devastate my farm and the whole livestock industry but the entire U.S. economy,” said NPPC Vice President …