December 7, 2020
USDA to fund US$14.4 million to projects supporting animal health
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding US$14.4 million to 76 projects with states, universities and other partners to strengthen programmes to protect animal health.
The funding supports projects focused on increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures or advancing rapid depopulation and disposal abilities to be used during major animal disease outbreaks. It will also support projects to enhance early detection of major animal diseases and improve emergency response capabilities at NAHLN (National Animal Health Laboratory Network) veterinary diagnostic laboratories.
The 2018 Farm Bill provided funding for these programmes as part of an overall strategy to help prevent animal pests and diseases from entering the United States and reduce the spread and impact of potential disease incursions. This is the second year APHIS is providing this Farm Bill funding.
Last year, APHIS provided US$10.2 million that funded 44 projects.
Several projects include improving diagnostic testing for high concern diseases, including African swine fever, classical swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza.