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FMD bank still not established

Photo courtesy of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working to implement the programs and provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill since this past Christmas.

One provision the livestock industry is especially interested in is Congress’ instructions to establish a Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank to mitigate the risk of a potential outbreak of this highly infectious disease on American soil.

Radio Oklahoma Network farm director Ron Hays caught up with Allison Rivera, executive director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at NCBA’s Summer Business Meeting. They talked about this project’s implement at the USDA.

According to Rivera, progress on this project at the USDA has been slow, though she and her peers within the livestock industry continue to pressure the Department to get the ball rolling.

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