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USDA Announces Actions to Combat Pork Diseases

USDA has announced it will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and Swine Delta Coronavirus to try and slow the spread of this disease across the U.S.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, “Today’s actions will help identify gaps in biosecurity and help us as we work together to stop the spread of these diseases and the damage caused to producers, industry and ultimately consumers.” 

USDA will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, and other equipment leaving affected premises.  Movement of the animals will still be allowed. 

To assist producers who have been affected, USDA’s Farm Loan Programs is working with producers to provide credit options, including restructuring loans.

Information on USDA’s announcement is available at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2014/faq_ped_reporting.pdf.

 

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