Source: National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) news release
At the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Winter Policy Conference today, NASDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Pork Board (NPB) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced a new partnership to enhance coordination and preparedness to prevent and protect the United States from African Swine Fever (ASF), a deadly pig disease that could cripple the entire agricultural sector with long-lasting ramifications for the economic viability of U.S. livestock production.
The enhanced partnership between these four entities will allow for the most effective harmonization of federal and state response plans to enable producers to prevent, plan and recover from African swine fever outbreaks, as well as encourage industry preparation for future outbreaks and disease response in other livestock sectors, which fosters rural food security and public confidence in the U.S. food system. The only way to stop African swine fever is through proper preparation and mitigation efforts.
African swine fever has not currently crossed the U.S. border but being prepared to respond and coordinate on our local, state and national prevention methods better ensures the protection of America’s swine. African swine fever is not a threat to human health or food safety. NASDA looks forward to working closely with federal and state agencies, the swine industry and farmers to take the necessary actions to protect our nation’s livestock.
NASDA and its members play a critical role in foreign animal disease prevention, mitigation and recovery. With members representing all 50 state and four territories’ departments of agriculture NASDA provides a national, non-partisan forum to transparently develop accountability and resiliency for state African swine fever plans. USDA APHIS is the lead federal agency charged with protecting U.S. livestock from pests and diseases and works closely with other federal agencies, producers, industry associations, state veterinarians and state departments of agriculture to safeguard American agriculture.
The National Pork Board executes programs in promotion, research and education. The National Pork Producers Council advocates for public policies, programs and trade pacts that ensure the U.S. pork industry can continue to provide consumers with the world’s safest, most wholesome and nutritious pork products.