APHIS announces $16 million in funding to protect animal health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on December 9, 2021 that it is awarding more than $16.3 million to 64 projects with states, universities and other partners to strengthen animal health protection programs in 2021.

Funding supports projects focused on improving vaccine distribution plans and supporting animal movement decisions during high-consequence animal disease outbreaks, disease prevention and preparedness awareness and education animals, and the development of point-of-care diagnostic tests to rapidly detect foreign animal diseases. The funding also supports projects to improve early detection of high-impact animal diseases and improve emergency response capabilities in veterinary diagnostic laboratories that are part of the National Network of Animal Health Laboratories.

In a project recently funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the American Association of Equine Practitioners will work to increase biosecurity and disease prevention in the equine industry.

The 2018 Farm Bill funded these programs as part of an overall strategy to keep animal pests and diseases out of the United States and reduce the spread and impact of potential disease incursions. This is the third year that APHIS has provided this Farm Bill funding.

APHIS is providing $7.6 million for 36 projects under the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. In one project, the American Association of Equine Practitioners will increase biosecurity and disease prevention in the equine industry by identifying current gaps in biosecurity knowledge and developing and adapting public awareness efforts during horse racing, horse shows, farms, stables, trail rides and equestrian events. In another project, the University of California-Davis is working with two Hispanic community colleges to develop a new curriculum on biosecurity in animal agriculture that will integrate with existing curricula.

APHIS is providing $4.4 million for 21 projects through the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. In one project, the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will improve the preparedness of pig farmers and veterinarians against African swine fever by providing the resources they need to produce quality laboratory submissions.

APHIS is awarding $4.3 million for seven joint NADPRP-NAHLN projects. These include projects to support the development or evaluation of point-of-care diagnostic tests for African swine fever virus, avian influenza virus and avian paramyxovirus type 1, and for the virus responsible for foot-and-mouth disease.

See the full list of NADPRP projects, and full lists of NAHLN and joint projects.

Boyd S. Abbott