Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, was joined by 28 other Congressmen in asking the USDA for its continued assistance for poultry producers who have been affected by the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Indications are more than 48 million birds have been lost. The Congressmen are appreciative of the USDA’s efforts to combat the spread of HPAI, but are asking for continued assistance in these areas.
- Complete biosecurity research in a timely manner to ensure industry can take any immediate steps before fall. This critical research will help make sure that any financial requirements by industry, and certainly the federal government, are practices that are based on science, will improve biosecurity and reduce the impact of this disease on farmers, communities and consumers.
- Complete research and development of a viable commercial vaccine, so that it is available for fall should it be needed. The USDA is applauded for its ongoing work on vaccine development.
There are major concerns the United States will have another major outbreak of HPAI this fall.