The Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Committee has approved a $675,000 appropriation to improve the University of Minnesota’s diagnostic lab. The enhancements to the lab would be beneficial if a foreign animal disease, like African Swine Fever or Foot and Mouth Disease, entered the state. Minnesota Pork Producers Association CEO David Preisler testified, saying the lab’s capacity was strained during the avian influenza outbreak five years ago. A companion bill is also moving in the Senate.
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