Animal programs

APHIS awards $ 16.3 million in Farm Bill funding to protect animal health

APHIS awards $ 16.3 million in Farm Bill funding to protect animal health

USDA Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) awards more than $ 16.3 million to 64 projects with states, universities and other partners to strengthen health protection programs animal.

“Ensuring animal health helps protect and preserve U.S. export markets and prevent foreign animal diseases from entering the United States helps us expand export opportunities for rural America to larger markets. many and better, ”the USDA said in a statement.

Not only will this funding support projects focused on improving vaccine distribution plans and supporting animal movement decisions in high-consequence animal disease outbreaks, it will also support awareness and education on prevention and preparedness for animal diseases; and the development of point-of-care diagnostic tests. to quickly detect exotic animal diseases. This critical funding also supports projects to improve early detection of high-impact animal diseases and improve emergency response capacities in veterinary diagnostic laboratories that are part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). , noted the USDA.

“These grants will help ensure the continued health of our country’s livestock and poultry,” Jenny Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, said in a statement. “Protecting animal health in the United States helps us expand export opportunities for rural America to more and better markets, while providing consistent access to safe, wholesome and affordable food for consumers.” Americans. The preparedness and response activities we fund today will help us solve the animal disease problems of tomorrow and provide us with the best science available to sustain international markets and feed our families and the world. I look forward to seeing the progress USDA and its partners are making with these funds. “

In the 2018 Farm Bill, funding for these programs was provided as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent animal pests and diseases from entering the United States and to reduce the spread and impact of incursions. disease potential in order to protect and expand market opportunities for the United States. agricultural production. This is the third year that APHIS has provided this Farm Bill funding. Last year, $ 14.4 million was approved to fund 76 projects.

National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP)

APHIS is providing $ 7.6 million under NADPRP. The 36 NADPRP-funded projects will individually and collectively address critical concerns in the areas of vaccine distribution, animal movement and business continuity during an outbreak, as well as disease prevention and preparedness, awareness and education. These projects will be led by state animal health authorities in 21 states, land granting universities, and industry / veterinary organizations.

National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)

APHIS provides $ 4.4 million through the NAHLN. The 21 projects funded by the NAHLN will be led by NAHLN laboratories representing 14 states. The projects will help the NAHLN improve early detection of high-impact animal diseases and improve emergency response capacities in NAHLN veterinary diagnostic laboratories. This funding is in addition to the $ 2.5 million provided on a non-competitive basis for NAHLN infrastructure.

Spouse NADPRP / NAHLN

APHIS is providing $ 4.3 million for seven NADPRP / NAHLN joint projects representing six states. These projects will support the development and / or evaluation of point-of-care diagnostic tests in order to improve the country’s capacity to rapidly detect high-consequence DCPs and to accelerate response and containment efforts. This is the first joint competitive funding opportunity offered by the NAHLN and NADPRP.

Source: USDA