WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $500 million in federal funding to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF). This announcement follows a letter from Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) earlier this week urging USDA to take action to prevent an ASF outbreak in the United States and prepare for emergency response efforts should an outbreak occur.
“African Swine Fever is a threat to our economy and food supply,” said Klobuchar. “Earlier this week I called on USDA to take immediate action to prevent an outbreak in the United States, and I’m grateful for their swift response and prevention efforts. I’ll keep working to ensure the proper plans and resources are in place.”
This federal funding will go towards robust expansion and coordination of ASF surveillance, prevention, quarantine, and eradication activities through USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.