Fight Against African Swine Fever Top of Mind for House Ag Committee


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork

October 8, 2021


Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) pushed USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for updates on his agency’s work aimed at combating the threat of African swine fever (ASF) during the House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of the livestock industry on Oct. 7.


Axne asked for clarification on USDA’s move to tap up to $500 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to help respond to the outbreaks of ASF in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


She noted the funds look to be spent for “containing ASF in the Caribbean, and then heightening the surveillance there,” and asked what resources are being set aside to respond to any outbreak within the U.S.


Vilsack stressed the importance of trying to minimize and eliminate the risk at its source...


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