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USDA Announces Actions to Combat Pork Diseases

P. Scott Shearer

April 21, 2014

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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.

 

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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