NPPC likes the first step
Among the provisions included in the legislation is language establishing and funding a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak in the United States of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock.
FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. Although it was last detected in the United States in 1929, the disease is endemic in many parts of the world.
“Pork producers are pleased that the Agriculture Committee approved the 2018 farm bill,” says NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio, and chairman of NPPC’s Farm Bill Policy Task Force. “We now need the full House to pass it soon and the Senate to follow suit. There are several very important provisions for pork producers in this legislation.”