APHIS opens applications for animal health and biosecurity project funding
Now is the time to apply for funding to keep livestock herds healthy. On Aug. 26, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the open period to apply for 2019 funding for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
These two programs will divide up $10 million in funding allocated through the 2018 Farm Bill. The goal of the programs is to prevent animal pests and diseases from entering U.S. herds and to halt the potential spread of diseases through “advance planning and preparedness.” According to an APHIS press release, “Projects selected for this round of funding will include disease prevention and emergency response training and exercise projects and targeted projects to enhance NAHLN diagnostic capability.”
Applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern on Oct. 25, 2019. APHIS Veterinary Services staff will then review the proposals within 30 days.
The NADPRP program is new under the 2018 Farm Bill. It enables APHIS to work with States, universities, livestock producer organizations, and other groups to advance emergency preparedness through training programs, biosecurity programs and more. Its efforts apply to food animal species as well as wildlife.
NAHLN was launched in 2004 and is a cooperative effort between two USDA agencies—APHIS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)—and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.