Volume 48 | March 11, 2019
USDA Takes Additional Action to Prevent African Swine Fever Spread
The USDA announced measures Wednesday to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) to the U.S. The risk of ASF – an animal disease affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks – is growing as outbreaks continue throughout China and other parts of Asia. 

"U.S. pork producers are already facing headwinds in the form of trade disputes with key export markets; an outbreak of ASF would be devastating," says NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnston, Ohio. "With no available vaccine, prevention is our only defense."  

In coordination with the pork industry, USDA’s Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach, announced enhanced activities to intensify multi-agency efforts toward the prevention of ASF’s entry into the U.S.

*RSVP By This Friday (3/15)*
Please join WLIC for our Annual Member Meeting:
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
Protection (DATCP) - Board Room
2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, WI 53718
R.S.V.P. Contact Jodi Legge at jlegge@wiid.org or 608.848.1907
In addition to the regular business agenda, WLIC members will vote
on nominees to fill the open board positions.
WLIC is Hiring!
WLIC is hiring for the position of Interim Office Assistant.

This is Part-Time (30 Hours per Week) with potential for Full-Time. Immediate Start - August 2nd, 2019.

The interim office assistant will support data entry and data management functions of the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium, as well as provide support for special projects as assigned. The employee will provide data entry support for WLIC, including daily entry of Certified Veterinary Inspection (CVI) Reports, Calf Slips, TB Slips, and other data as required (approximately 85% is data entry). This position reports to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium’s Executive Director.

Please send resume to Jodi Legge at jlegge@wiid.org.
In the News
AASV Urges Attendees to Prioritize Biosecurity
AASV encourages participants to do their part to protect the U.S. swine herd from foreign animal diseases, including African swine fever (ASF), classical swine fever (CSF), and foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Bill Targets Management and Prevention of CWD
U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) of Wisconsin introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to manage and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).

Protecting Food Products from Deliberate Attacks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released a revised draft guidance, “ Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration: Guidance for Industry ,” to support compliance with the intentional adulteration (IA) rule set forth under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

WI-Origin Tags Available Online!
WLIC is selling Wisconsin-branded tags, as well as readers and taggers on our website in the online store!

The WLIC online store gives producers several options for purchasing the WI-Origin™ tags, including choice of style, color, and price. Other preferences include a selection of both RFID (radio frequency identification), or non-RFID tags.

WLIC is competitively priced and all proceeds will be used to fund our programs and services. In addition, Allflex, USA, provides WLIC with a 10-cent rebate for every Wisconsin-branded tag sold.
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