Volume 36 | December 17, 2018
FMD Bank in Farm Bill is Big Win for Livestock Industry
Under the new farm bill, USDA will be able to use $150 million over the next five years for a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank, for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and for state efforts to prepare for any foreign animal disease outbreak. ( Pirbright Institute )

Livestock farmers have achieved an unprecedented victory in the 2018 farm bill conference report passed through the Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday, says Dustin Baker, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) director of economics and domestic production issues.

“The United States has been ill-prepared to deal with a foreign animal disease outbreak for quite some time,” Baker says. “The farm bill’s multifaceted approach to surveillance, diagnostics and vaccines is critical to safeguard the health and well-being of our animals, rural economies and the safety of the food supply.”
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In the News
S enate Approves 2018
Farm Bill
The 2018 Farm Bill quickly and easily crossed its first hurdle today as the Senate approved the measure on a 87 to 13 vote a day after the final conference report was made public.

Veterinary Groups Issue Statement on Antimicrobial Use
Noting the importance of keeping the use of antimicrobials in all sectors as low as possible without compromising animal, human, environmental and public health, three international veterinary organizations have issued an updated statement regarding judicious use in food animals.  

Del Monte Recalls Canned Fiesta Corn
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is advising consumers of a food recall for Del Monte canned fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers. Del Monte issued the recall on December 11 due to under-processing of this product. This means the product did not complete the sterilization process so there is the potential for Clostridium botulinumbacteria to grow. This bacteria creates toxins which can cause botulism – a life-threatening foodborne illness.

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