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·         Farm Bill Funding Supports Animal Disease Prevention and Management

·         APHIS unveils funding plan for disease prevention, management

 

 

Farm Bill Funding Supports Animal Disease Prevention and Management

 

Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork

August 12, 2019

 

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced plans to carry out new animal health activities using resources provided by the 2018 Farm Bill on Monday. The bill details a three-part program to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management.

 

In addition to funding two new programs, the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (vaccine bank) and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP), it also expands funding opportunities for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). 

 

“Animal health and well-being is the highest priority for American pig farmers,” Dustin Baker, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) director of economics and domestic production issues, said when the Farm Bill passed. “Surveillance of foreign animal disease is more important now than ever in an ever-globalizing world. The U.S. pork industry is working with USDA to prevent African swine fever from entering our country, which is currently spreading throughout Asia and Europe.”

 

National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (vaccine bank)

 

APHIS plans to gather updated information this fall from vaccine manufacturers interested in supplying the vaccine bank. An APHIS press release says the information will be used to “develop a forward-looking vaccine acquisition strategy leading to one or more requests for proposals for foot-and-mouth disease vaccine to address a potential outbreak.”

 

APHIS will also make available up to $10 million to be divided between NADPRP and NAHLN based on the quality of proposed projects in 2019. Once fully implemented, these programs will work together to protect and improve the health of the U.S. livestock herd, assisting farmers and ranchers in their mission to provide quality agricultural products to consumers across the globe.

 

“For our highest consequence animal diseases, it is important to have an effective insurance policy in the extremely rare chance of an outbreak,” APHIS said. “The new U.S.-only vaccine bank—a concept APHIS officials have long discussed with stakeholders and industry—allows USDA to stockpile animal vaccine and related products to use in the event of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or other high-impact foreign animal diseases.”

 

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APHIS unveils funding plan for disease prevention, management

The new U.S.-only vaccine bank allows USDA to stockpile animal vaccine and related products to use in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak.

 

Source: USDA APHIS

via National Hog Farmer - Aug 12, 2019

 

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced initial plans to carry out new animal health activities using resources provided by the 2018 Farm Bill. Section 12101 of the 2018 Farm Bill established a three-part program to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management. The bill included funding to create two new programs: the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. It also expands funding opportunities for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

 

This fall, APHIS will issue a sources sought notice to gather updated information from vaccine manufacturers interested in supplying the vaccine bank. The information will be used to develop a forward-looking vaccine acquisition strategy leading to one or more requests for proposals for foot-and-mouth disease vaccine to address a potential outbreak. For 2019, APHIS will also make available up to $10 million in funding to be divided between NADPRP and NAHLN based on the quality of proposed projects. Once fully implemented, these three programs will work together to protect and improve the health of the nation’s livestock, helping farmers and ranchers provide high-quality agricultural products to consumers here and abroad.

 

The new U.S.-only vaccine bank—a concept APHIS officials have long discussed with stakeholders and industry—allows USDA to stockpile animal vaccine and related products to use in the event of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or other high-impact foreign animal diseases.

 

The most effective strategy to protect animal health is keeping disease out of the country in the first place. To that end, the new preparedness and response program, NADPRP, allows APHIS to enter into cooperative agreements with states, universities, livestock producer organizations and other eligible entities for targeted projects aimed at preventing animal pests and diseases from entering the United States and reducing the spread and impact of potential disease incursions. In 2019, APHIS funding will build upon and enhance current disease prevention and emergency response efforts by supporting an initial round of training and exercise projects, as stakeholders have long supported this area of importance. APHIS will announce the application period and dates of webinars to assist potential applicants through the process in a future message to stakeholders. APHIS will continue to develop a more formalized annual NADPRP stakeholder consultation and annual priority-setting process to be used for implementation in 2020 and beyond...

 

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