APHIS Funds 76 Animal Health Research Projects
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) awarded $14.4 million to 76 projects within states, universities, and other partners to strengthen the programs within APHIS to protect animal health. The funding will support projects focused on increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures or advancing rapid depopulation and disposal abilities to be used during high-consequence animal disease outbreaks, along with projects aimed to enhance early detection of high-consequence animal diseases and improve emergency response capabilities at NAHLN veterinary diagnostic laboratories.
“We continue to use our Farm Bill funds to increase our capabilities and prepare for potential foreign animal disease incursions,” said USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach, in a press release. “Our consultation board and leaders in animal health and laboratory diagnostics provided recommendations for the type of projects we would fund, to make sure we were targeting these funds where they can make the most impact. Our partners across States, laboratories, and industry alike will benefit from the projects we are funding today.”
To prevent animal pests and disease from entering the United States and reduce the spread and impact of potential disease, the 2018 farm Bill provided funding for these programs. This is the second year APHIS is providing Farm Bill funding. Last year, $10.2 million was provided to fund 44 projects.
Of the $14.4 million, $9.3 million is awarded through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). NADPRP has 46 projects being funded that address crucial livestock biosecurity and large-scale depopulation and carcass disposal concerns in all major livestock industries across all regions of the United States. These projects will be led by State animal health authorities in 16 states, 14 land-grant universities, and 2 industry and veterinary organizations.
The rest of the funding, $5.1 million, will go to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The 30 NAHLN funded projects will be led by NAHLN laboratories representing 21 states. The projects will help NAHLN enhance early detection of high-consequence animal diseases and improve emergency response capabilities at NAHLN veterinary diagnostic laboratories.
Improving diagnosis testing for important animal disease concerns such as the African swine flu, classical swine flu, foot-and-mouth disease, and avian influenza are included in the projects. A full list of awarded NADPRP and NAHLN projects are available. More information about these programs is available here.