(USDA)--While speaking at World Pork Expo-USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding yesterday (Thursday) to help combat Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Vilsack also issued a Federal order to help combat the significant impact producers are facing due to PEDv and the porcine deltacoronavirus. USDA will use $26.2 million worth of funding for virus control and research. The federal order requires the reporting of new detection's of the viruses. Reports will be made to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or state animal health officials. The National Pork Producers Council urged the funding to go to continued research. NPPC President Howard Hill said “We’re hopeful the USDA plan will work.”
In the last year, PEDv has killed an estimated 7 million piglets-and according to Vilsack-the number of market ready hogs could fall more than 10 percent compared to last year. Vilsack says “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.” Of the $26.2 million, $3.9 million will be used by the Agriculture Research Service to develop vaccines and $11.1 million will be used in cost-share funding for producers of infected herds to support biosecurity practices, according to the USDA. The APHIS federal order requires producers, veterinarians, and diagnostic laboratories to report all cases of PEDv and other new swine diseases to USDA and State animal health officials. Full details of the order can be found on the AHIPS website www-dot-aphis-dot-usda-dot-gov. www.aphis.usda.gov.