Testifying before a House subcommittee, USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach said Foot and Mouth Disease has been kept out of the United States for nearly ten years and he’s hoping for a similar track record with African Swine Fever. Ibach said it will take years before a vaccine is found for ASF. “We believe we may be as long as eight years from finding a vaccine that is effective.” At this hearing, Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson said livestock producers should take a cue from the 2015 avian influenza outbreak and support mandatory funding for disease preparedness.
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