Animal health support projects receive more than $ 16 million
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $ 16.3 million to help protect animal health. The USDA Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides funds to states, universities and other partners to support 64 different projects. This is the third year that APHIS has supported projects with funding made possible through the 2018 Farm Bill. The aim is to help strengthen programs that strengthen animal health in agricultural production.
“These grants will help ensure the continued health of our country’s livestock and poultry,” said Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. said in a press release. “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. “
A key priority for the funding program is to help protect U.S. agriculture from animal pests and diseases. Other important areas for financial support include projects to strengthen vaccine distribution plans and improve outreach efforts to educate industry members on animal disease prevention. Funded projects also aim to support more informed decisions about animal movement during outbreaks of high-impact animal diseases. Other projects include efforts to develop point-of-care diagnostic tests that can quickly detect exotic animal diseases.
APHIS is providing $ 7.6 million through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program and $ 4.4 million through the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. In addition, APHIS is providing $ 4.3 million for seven projects that will be administered jointly under the two programs.