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April 17, 2020
New HPAI Case Affects Trade, Highlights Need for Strong Biosecurity Practices
Yesterday, officials identified a single case of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI) in a turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. It is believed this HPAI strain mutated from a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) strain that has been found in poultry in that area recently, according to a statement from the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). HPAI has not been found in commercial poultry flocks in the U.S. since 2017.
April 17, 2020
Deep Losses Expected If ASF Impacts US Pork Industry
As if U.S. pork producers are not already feeling the pain from decreased sales to the food-service industries and the closure of processing facilities following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, they are now more aware of what could be another catastrophic economic blow. New research released from Iowa State University earlier this month found that if African swine fever (ASF) were to enter the U.S. pork market, it could cost upwards of $50 billion in losses over a 10-year period, if left unchecked.
March 6, 2020
USDA Announces New Measures in Controlling African Swine Fever
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced additional measures to control and eradicate African swine fever (ASF) should the virus be detected in the U.S. The additional measures will strengthen the department's ability to quickly and effectively respond to the disease before it severely impacts animal agriculture.
March 6, 2020
Forum Addresses Gaps and Opportunities for Safeguarding Agriculture from Disease Introduction
Emerging, transboundary diseases pose a significant, growing threat to U.S. agriculture and our food supply, and even though biosecurity practices have improved over the years, gaps still remain. This was the topic of conversation at a Farm Foundation forum in Washington, D.C., last week, which brought together leaders from producer groups, industry, government and research and extension institutions for presentations and a discussion on agricultural biosecurity.
February 21, 2020
U.S. Pork Industry Calls for Prohibition of Organic Soy from ASF-positive Countries
Today, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and 30 state pork producer associations called upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prohibit the importation of organic soy products from countries that are positive for African swine fever (ASF).
February 21, 2020
Washington Update
It's a slow week in Washington with Congress on recess in recognition of the Presidents' Day holiday. While some small progress has been made on policy issues in the past two weeks, all eyes have been on the White House and the road to it.
February 7, 2020
New Foreign Animal Disease Program at 2020 IPPE Collaborates to Instill Good Biosecurity Practices
The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) debuted a new educational program focusing on foreign animal disease this week in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Ga. The event, "Biosecurity in the Face of Foreign Animal Disease ? What the Feed Industry Needs to Know," discussed how to prevent the introduction of foreign animal diseases into your facility, what to do if a disease outbreak comes to the U.S. and much more.
February 7, 2020
Pork Organizations Release Updated Information on Holding Times for Virus Mitigation
This week, the Swine Health Information Center, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and American Association of Swine Veterinarians released an updated fact sheet for feed holding times in light of newly released information on how diseases can potentially be transmitted via imported feed ingredients.
February 6, 2020
Pork Organizations Release Updated Information on Holding Times for Virus Mitigation
This week, the Swine Health Information Center, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and American Association of Swine Veterinarians released an updated fact sheet for feed holding times in light of newly released information on how diseases can potentially be transmitted via imported feed ingredients.
January 24, 2020
This Week in Washington
Despite congestion around the Senate's ongoing impeachment trial, it has been a busy couple of weeks in Washington.
December 20, 2019
New AFIA Educational Program Prepares for Foreign Animal Disease
A new educational program hosted by the American Feed Industry Association will focus on biosecurity as it pertains to foreign animal diseases, such as foot and mouth disease, African swine fever and avian influenza. The program, "Biosecurity in the Face of Foreign Animal Disease ? What the Feed Industry Needs to Know," will take place on Jan. 29, 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo, taking place Jan. 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga. Experts will discuss how to prevent the introduction of foreign animal diseases into your facility, what to do if a disease outbreak comes to the U.S. and much more!
December 20, 2019
African Swine Fever Vaccine Shown to have Promise
Press reports in the last few weeks have highlighted that scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed a vaccine that is highly effective in protecting pigs against the current strain of African swine fever (ASF) currently spreading throughout Asia and Europe. Though testing of the vaccine on approximately 30 live pigs showed protection against ASF, it has yet to be tested under farm conditions or to be taken to the next steps of development and commercialization - meaning this vaccine is still far away from being a potential solution to slow the spread of the virus.
November 1, 2019
AFIA Collaborates with Universities on Global Animal Health Threats
As the threat of animal disease rises globally, it is more important than ever to combine efforts and resources to prevent their introduction into the U.S. and to be prepared in case the diseases do arrive in the country. The American Feed Industry Association recently participated in one such effort on Oct. 17 at Texas A&M University.
September 6, 2019
FEFAC Offers Biosecurity Recommendations in Light of ASF Outbreaks
The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) has developed new recommendations for biosecurity measures for feed manufacturers, based on knowledge gained from past viral disease outbreaks.
August 23, 2019
North American ASF Forum Outlines Action Items
Earlier this year, roughly 150 government and industry leaders from across North America gathered at the African swine fever Forum, hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to discuss working together to prevent the entry and mitigate the impacts of ASF. At the meeting, the American Feed Industry Association discussed the industry's efforts on the four pillars for action on preparedness planning, enhanced biosecurity, ensuring business continuity and coordinated risk communications. The final report from this forum has now been published.
May 2, 2019
North American Leaders Discuss African Swine Fever Strategy
Preparedness planning, enhanced biosecurity, ensuring business continuity and coordinated risk communications are the four pillars of a coordinated framework for the prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) that were discussed this week in Ottawa, Canada. Roughly 150 government and industry leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico gathered at the meeting, hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to work together to prevent entry and mitigate the impacts of ASF in the Americas.
April 5, 2019
The AFIA Spring Journal Is Here
The American Feed Industry Association's biannual print magazine, the AFIA Journal, keeps members, association friends and affiliates of AFIA up-to-date on organization, industry and government information. The spring 2019 AFIA Journal is now available in its eMagazine format!
March 22, 2019
USDA Provides New Resource for Travelers Coming Back from ASF-Infected Countries
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) developed a new traveler website to give tips and information to international travelers on how to avoid unknowingly bringing African swine fever (ASF) into the U.S. The new website provides information on what products can and cannot be brought into the country.
March 8, 2019
USDA Unveils Plans to Guard Against ASF
In a surprise move this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled that it is doubling-down efforts to guard the country against African swine fever (ASF), which continues to spread across China, Vietnam and Europe in recent months.
February 8, 2019
New Biosecurity Guidance Available Following ASF Outbreaks
The American Feed Industry Association has updated its biosecurity guidelines, providing new information on how viruses can potentially spread throughout the feed manufacturing process and recommendations on how feed and ingredient manufacturers can develop and implement biosecurity plans at their facilities to better safeguard their feed and feed ingredients.
September 21, 2018
AFIA Cautions Pork Industry on "Solutions" to Mitigate Spread of ASF in Feed
With China and Europe reporting a growing number of African Swine Fever outbreaks in recent weeks, the U.S. pork industry is rightfully concerned that this devastating disease could be brought to the heartland.