Vaccine Bank Still Planned as Part of 2018 Farm Bill

Senator Pat Roberts hosts Homeland Security Secretary Kierstjen Nielsen at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
( Portia Stewart )

During planned remarks on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) under construction in Manhattan Kan., U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, addressed the Farm Bill and funding for the vaccine bank. Watch here: 

“In the Farm Bill—and yes, we will get a Farm Bill, there will be an effort to supply significant money for an animal health center. That really means a vaccine bank, if we can get there,” Roberts said. “That’s going to cost a lot of money, and we may have to do it in stages. But that will be addressed in the Farm Bill.”

The remarks came during a press conference on Monday, after Roberts hosted U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s tour of NBAF and Kansas State University’s Bio Research Institute in Manhattan, Kan. NBAF is on schedule to be completed in 2022. Check out our full coverage of NBAF here. 

Submitted by Katrin Kolder, DVM on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 20:01

It is ridiculous that we as USA cattle producers allowed Sen. Roberts and other global interests to build a Foot and Mouth Disease research facility in the heart of cattle country!! Main goal was funding to his state, huge amounts of dollars and to level out the playing field that gave USA beef a huge advantage by being free of Foot and Mouth Disease. Now that the USDA and FSIS allow imported beef from countries KNOWN to have FMD, to be labeles as "Product of the USA" fooling US consumers into believing that the beef in the grocery store is a US product, safe, wholesome and high quality....oh might carry antibiotic residues, illegal anabolic hormones or be "rotten" as in the Brazil scandal. USA consumers are paying high beef prices and the global packers and their rich lobbyists, NCBA, JBS etc are selling us out. USA cattle producers are not getting paid for the premium product we produce. Sad and shameful. Promote USA products and USA jobs!!