February 17, 2020 | Volume 98
In the News
NPPC Applauds House Passage of Ag Inspectors Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation today that authorizes funding for 740 new agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States, according to a release from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). The Senate approved an identical version of the bill (S. 2017) in October 2019. Providing additional agricultural inspectors is one of NPPC’s top priorities.
5 Lessons Russia Learned from African Swine Fever
Is it possible to live with African swine fever (ASF)? Although no one wants to live with this devastating virus that has no cure or vaccine, Ilia Zubtsov, genetic and technical services manager for PIC Russia, said it’s possible. But, there are several things the industry will need to do to make it happen. 

In 2007, the first reported case of ASF struck Russia. The number of outbreaks grew in Russia’s domestic herd by over 400% in 2016. At the  Iowa Pork Congress , Zubtsov said despite ASF, Russia consistently grew pork production from 2007 to 2019. 
Disease Elimination Can Lower the Cost of Production
U.S. producers have robust export markets and a lower cost of production than many other countries, but Joe Connor, DVM, says cost of production could be even lower if producers could focus on eliminating diseases rather than controlling them.

Connor, who serves as advisor to the Carthage System and as a consultant to Carthage (Ill.) Veterinary Service Ltd, told  Pig Health Today  that disease is an input that “really changes that cost of production…At some point we need to ask ourselves, ‘Can we eliminate those particular agents and then remove them from the equation as far as contributing to the cost of production?’”
Trivia Answer
Wisconsin Cheese is found in 98% of retail grocery stores across the U.S.? Shoppers find Wisconsin Cheese in the traditional dairy department and specialty cheeses in the deli section. 
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