Along with the federal order mandated by the USDA regarding Novel Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (PEDv/PDCoV) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has approved 26.2 million dollars in funding to support work to help with the control and management of PEDv. This funding will be made available to various different organizations and individual producers.
The largest portion of the dedicated funding is 11.1 million dollars which is designated for producer aid. This will be given out in a cost-share format and allocated to affected producers, based on herd size, for increases and improvements in biosecurity practices and tools. 3.9 million dollars has also been committed to support vaccine development. The remainder of the funding will be allocated to the State Veterinarian offices, private practice veterinarians and National Animal Health Laboratories to be used for diagnostics, completion of health management plans, and education and outreach activities. A definite plan for the dispersal of the funding has not yet been decided upon; as information becomes available it will be communicated to pork producers. Along with the recent funding, it has been requested additional funding to be authorized for PEDv in the 2015 USDA budget.
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