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Vilsack Weighs In On Parallel Between COVID-19 and Animal Disease Outbreaks

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the country anything, it’s that there is a tremendous amount of synergy between the circumstances of a pandemic involving humans and those involving animals. 

As wild pigs continue to expand out of control in Canada, the risk of wild pigs moving into the U.S. is very real. This is especially true for North Dakota and Montana, but given how mobile feral swine are, the risks are far beyond that, says Ryan Brook of the University of Saskatchewan. 
Canada Fights Back Against Out-of-Control Wild Pig Population

Wild pig populations in Canada continue to expand rapidly and are completely out of control in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. A new tool may help control this invasive species. Here's why you should take note.

Feral Swine Eradication: USDA invests $11.65 Million to Expand Program

A new $11.65-million investment by the USDA will fund 14 projects to help farmers and private landowners trap and control feral swine.

Western States Unite to Keep Feral Pigs from Crossing U.S.-Canada Border

Invasive species councils in Montana and Washington are serious about preventing Canadian feral pigs from crossing into the western United States. 

African swine fever virus infects a macrophage.
USDA Awards $14.4 Million in Farm Bill Funding to Protect Animal Health

From increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures to advancing rapid depopulation and disposal abilities during animal disease outbreaks, Farm Bill funding will support endeavors to protect animal health.

Universities Partner to Study Antimicrobial Use in Food Animal Production

Kansas State University & University of Minnesota researchers collaborate with the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine and food animal industries to evaluate systems for collecting and evaluating antimicrobial use data.

USDA Issues Draft Statement on Brucella Research in Large Animals Outdoors

Brucella suis is on the rise in feral swine populations in the U.S. USDA's APHIS is issuing a draft policy statement through the Federal Select Agent Program on research with Brucella species in outdoor settings.

Feral Swine in the U.S.: An Update on Disease Surveillance

USDA estimates there are 6 million feral swine in the U.S. in 2020, creating issues for traditional livestock production, natural resources and other species.