The world knows how quickly a virus can spread, as COVID-19 extends its tendrils throughout the globe. COVID-19 reminds U.S. livestock producers how critical it is to have a vaccine bank in advance of a FAD threat.
It's hard to think about when animals need to be euthanized. It’s harder when you’re the one doing it. Veterinarians are put in that position often. Think what would happen if a foreign animal disease were to hit.
USDA's APHIS is establishing a National Incident Coordination Center to provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures due to COVID-19.
Is progress being made to create a vaccine bank to protect agriculture from foreign animal diseases? Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council, gives an update on the progress.
Alfonso Clavijo has been appointed Director of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a state-of-the-art USDA research and diagnostic facility designed to protect the nation's agricultural systems and stakeholders.