The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Department 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 preventing foreign animal diseases from entering the United States helps us expand export opportunities for rural America to more markets and better.
This critical funding supports projects focused on improving vaccine distribution plans and supporting animal movement decisions in high-impact animal disease outbreaks, awareness and education on prevention and animal disease preparedness; and the development of point-of-care diagnostic tests to rapidly detect exotic animal diseases. . It also supports projects aimed at improving the early detection of high-impact animal diseases and improving emergency response capacities in veterinary diagnostic laboratories that are part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
“These grants will help ensure the continued health of our country’s livestock and poultry,” said Jenny Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. “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. “
The 2018 Farm Bill funded these programs 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 potential disease incursions into the United States. to protect and expand market opportunities for American agricultural products. . This is the third year that APHIS has provided this Farm Bill funding. Last year, APHIS provided $ 14.4 million which funded 76 projects.
APHIS is providing $ 7.6 million under the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. The 36 NADPRP-funded projects will individually and collectively address critical issues in the areas of vaccine distribution, animal movement and business continuity during an outbreak, as well as awareness and education in the field. disease prevention and preparedness. These projects will be led by state animal health authorities in 21 states, land grant universities, and industry / veterinary organizations.
NAHLN will receive $ 4.4 million in APHIS scholarships. 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.
APHIS is providing $ 4.3 million for 7 NADPRP / NAHLN joint projects representing 6 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 PCDs and to accelerate response and containment efforts. This is the first joint competitive funding opportunity offered by the NAHLN and NADPRP.
More information about these programs is available online.
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