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·         USDA sinks $1.7m into swine organization's ASF research in Vietnam

·         African Swine Fever To Be Addressed By USAHA And AAVLD



USDA sinks $1.7m into swine organization's ASF research in Vietnam


By Aerin Einstein-Curtis, Feed Navigator



The US Department of Agriculture is providing $1.7m in funding to support Swine Health Information Center efforts to research and help address the outbreak and spread of African Swine Fever in Vietnam.


The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) received the $1.7m grant​​ from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Service division to work with researchers and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to establish a program to address African Swine Fever (ASF) in Vietnam.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is also involved in the project.


The multi-phase project is intended to establish a series of capacity building training projects and work with swine producers in Vietnam to develop ways to either prevent or manage ASF in the US, said Paul Sundberg, executive director with SHIC.


While SHIC is organizing the project, acting as “ringmaster” for the different pieces involved, the project is a large collaboration among several organizations including the US National Pork Producers Council, USDA, CFIA, the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University along with government officials, laboratories and producers in Vietnam. ​


“There are two things that are going on with the project – we’re going to have a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for veterinarians and producers in Vietnam to learn about ASF and its epidemiology, and its control, and its management … building their capacity to react to and deal with the disease,” ​he told FeedNavigator.​


“The second part is … to work with farmers over there, learn how ASF [spreads] on the farm, with the objectives of helping us prevent it [occurring on US soil], and if we can’t prevent it, at least it will help us to be able to better and more quickly respond and recover,” ​he added.


The grant supports a two-year program, but the intention is to start work developing the training and meeting with producers on farm as quickly as possible, he said. “ ​


Tracking ASF in feed, on farm​ ...





African Swine Fever To Be Addressed By USAHA And AAVLD


JoAnn Alumbaugh, FarmJournal's Pork

September 10, 2019


African swine fever (ASF) is on everyone’s radar because of its insidious spread across Asia, and the topic will be highlighted at this year’s U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) annual meetings. Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Meeting scheduled for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2019 in Providence, R.I. You can register at


The keynote plenary session on Monday, Oct. 28, will feature Juan Lubroth, DVM. Dr. Lubroth will present, “Overcoming Challenges for the Control of African Swine Fever – A Global Threat in Your Backyard.”


As the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dr. Lubroth will discuss risk management, diagnostic challenges and opportunities, politics and economics and how these affect control strategies in the field. He will share approaches to better risk management and will identify areas needed to ensure preparedness for the possible introduction of ASF in North America.


A well-known expert, Dr. Lubroth has worked extensively throughout Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. He has started several major initiatives for the control of transboundary animal diseases around the world and has served on the Pan African Program for the Control of Epizootics Advisory Committee.


Many topics of interest ...


Make this a must-attend meeting ...