Washington – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $10.2 million in awards through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. USDA also announced a Request for Proposals to acquire Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa of California issued the following statement. Both Peterson and Costa led bipartisan efforts to include of mandatory, long-term funding for these programs to ensure the U.S. has tools to address disease risks including African Swine Fever, Avian Influenza, Virulent Newcastle Disease, and Foot and Mouth Disease.
“In the last Farm Bill, we fought hard to establish and fund the NADPRP and the new National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank as well as reauthorize the National Animal Health Laboratory Network,” Peterson said. “As our committee oversees Farm Bill implementation, we are pleased to see USDA moving forward on all three of these programs. These important tools will help prevent and respond to animal pests and diseases, help keep animals healthy and ensure markets stay open. We look forward to seeing these programs address an even wider range of prevention and mitigation activities in future years.”
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway said, “One of my top priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill was to strengthen our nation’s animal pest and disease response capabilities. Today’s announcement is another crucial step towards that goal, and I am proud that experts at the Texas Animal Health Commission and Texas A&M University are among the recipients. I am also pleased that USDA is moving forward to acquire a stockpile of Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine. We made a historic investment in the 2018 Farm Bill to protect our nation’s livestock sector, and it’s good to see that progress is being made on these important programs.”
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