WASHINGTON — In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and porcine deltacoronavirus are having on U.S. pork producers, the USDA has announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases.
Additionally, USDA issued a federal order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or state animal health officials.
These viruses do not pose any risk to human health or food safety, and they are commonly detected in countries around the world.
“In the last year, industry has estimated PEDv has killed some 7 million piglets and caused tremendous hardship for many American pork producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The number of market-ready hogs this summer could fall by more than 10 percent relative to 2013 because of PEDv.
“Together with industry and our state partners, the steps we will take through the federal order will strengthen the response to PEDv and these other viruses and help us lessen the impact to producers, “ Vilsack said, “which ultimately benefit the consumers who have seen store pork prices rise by almost 10 percent in the past year.”
The $26.2 million will be used for a variety of activities to support producers and combat these diseases, including:
$3.9 million to be used by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to support the development of vaccines.
$2.4 million to cooperative agreement funding for states to support management and control activities.
$500,000 to herd veterinarians to help with development and monitoring of herd management plans and sample collection.
$11.1 million in cost-share funding for producers of infected herds to support biosecurity practices.
$2.4 million for diagnostic testing.
$1.5 million to National Animal Health Laboratory Network diagnostic laboratories for genomic sequencing for newly positive herds
For more information, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/animal-health/secd.