Combating the spread of diseases, protecting animal health and welfare, ensuring plant health, and guarding against the spread of invasive species are key responsibilities of state departments of agriculture. NASDA members are actively engaged in these issues at the state, federal and international level to ensure the safety and profitability of U.S. agriculture.
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The 2018 Farm Bill needs to establish a three-tiered program to deliver the sufficient development and timely deployment of all measures necessary to prevent, identify and mitigate the potentially catastrophic impacts an animal disease outbreak would have on our country’s food security, export markets, and overall economic stability.
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NASDA calls for a renewed commitment to Cooperative Federalism—a robust partnership and role for states in federal policymaking—to ensure agriculture’s economic stability while guaranteeing safe and accessible food.
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HPAI: A Guide to Help You Understand the Response Process
From USDA APHIS
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HPAI: What to Expect if You Suspect
APHIS: Restocking Criteria for Previously Infected Premises
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APHIS: Timeline to Restocking & Environmental Sampling Procedures
AFIA: Developing Biosecurity Practices for Feed & Ingredient Manufacturing
A resource developed by the American Feed Industry Association in April 2015.
Resource Added: 06/04/2015
USDA APHIS Avian Influenza Disease Information
Resource Added: 05/18/2015
USDA APHIS Avian Influenza Resources
Site includes reporter resources, questions and answers, brochures, posters, audio and video, and photos.
USDA APHIS Avian Influenza Publications
Summary of a multi-stakeholder workshop sponsored by NASDA and the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology
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The European Food Safety Authority tested 672 samples of horse meat. One of 672 had a phenylbutazone (PBZ) residue at a concentration of less than 20 μg/kg.
Opposition to any/all legislation that prohibits horse slaughter for human consumption or restricts the transport or sale of horses in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption, also supports efforts to allow tribes to establish horse slaughter facilities within their jurisdiction.
Hungry Pests is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s signature outreach initiative to raise public awareness about the invasive pest threat. The pests targeted by the Hungry Pests initiative are federally regulated invasive species whose introduction into the United States and spread within the country is assisted by the activities of the general public. These pests have the ability to cause significant harm to U.S. agricultural and environmental resources. Through the Hungry Pests website and outreach materials, the public can learn how to Leave Hungry Pests Behind.
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Submitted by Director Jamie Clover Adams of Michigan
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Submitted by MASDA (Hagler, Missouri)
Presentation: Integrated Pest Management at USDA - NIFA
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture noted in this 2011 presentation that the U.S. faces continuing pressure from new pests. For example, California reports one new invasive threat every 60 days; Florida identified 587 new pests from May 2007 to the end of 2009; and APHIS reports on new pest every 8 – 12 days. These numbers are staggering, especially for a problem that is not on the public radar as a national issue.
Resource Added: 01/17/2013
Federal Invasive Species Programs
There are a plethora of federal agencies involved in invasive species issues. Additional information on federal programs can be found here.
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Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-9, January 30, 2004
Major Provisions of the Public Health Security & Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act (H.R. 3448). Text and Status of H.R. 3448.
Resource Added: 02/27/2007