August 4, 2008


USDA renews funding for PRRS research


The USDA has renewed funding for the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Coordinated Agricultural Project (PRRS CAP), and research proposals requesting funding through the programme are due August 20.


The agency will invest US$4.8 million over the next four years to help decrease economic losses from PRRS, a destructive virus that costs the industry US$580 million a year.


PRRS CAP was created in 2004. Funded by USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, the programme has made inroads.


However, new threats have been found in new strains of highly pathogenic PRRS in China and Vietnam, said Gale Buchanan, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, in a statement.


The new funding for the project will help address ways to keep this new strain from affecting the US swine population.


PRRS CAP brings together scientists, veterinarians, and the pork industry to work together on issues affecting production.

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