State agriculture departments receive new resources for proactive animal health efforts

Staff reports
Farm Forum

ARLINGTON, Va. — Following the U.D. Department of Agriculture’s announcement to award $10.2 million for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) and National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Barb Glenn issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased to see 16 state departments of agriculture receive $1.8 million in new funding for disease preparedness and emergency response training. NASDA members act as the first responders to animal health emergencies, in addition to safeguarding our nation’s food supply and international markets year-round.”

In the same announcement, USDA announced further development of the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). All three programs were of top priority to NASDA in the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Thanks to our federal partners at USDA, state departments of agriculture can now devote an unprecedented amount of resources to taking proactive measures against animal disease outbreaks.”