USDA rolls out African swine fever preparedness plan

USDA rolls out African swine fever preparedness plan

The USDA rolled out its plan to protect the pork industry should African swine fever be detected in the US.

Undersecretary Greg Ibach says the USDA’s plan isn’t because they believe an outbreak is inevitable, it’s to allow the industry and the department to be as prepared as possible.

However, should the disease be detected in the US, USDA’s Secretary of Agriculture will declare an extraordinary emergency.  “That means we will manage it as a nation versus a state-by-state basis,” he says. 

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