The new 2002 farm bill supports two key animal health programs and trade development.
Spending for the Market Access Program has been boosted to $200 million/year from the previous $90 million/year. Funds were also increased for the Foreign Market Development Program. Both programs boost pork exports.
Authorization was granted to continue support for the Pseudorabies Eradication Program.
Passage of the Animal Health Protection Act will upgrade the ability of the U.S. government to respond to an animal health emergency.
See page 10 for an analysis of the farm bill.