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NPPC Applauds U.S. House Passage of Ag Inspectors Funding
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an additional $19.6 million in funding for more agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States. This funding, included in the fiscal year 2020 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, is a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council.
“For more than a year, NPPC has advocated for an increase in the number of agricultural inspectors at our borders,” said NPPC President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. “We applaud the House, especially Reps. Vela, Thompson, Peterson, Axne, Carbajal, Gonzalez, Costa, Rouzer and Fortenberry, for approving an essential provision to reduce the risk of ASF and other FADs and to...
Canine Officers: Protecting U.S. Agriculture One Sniff At A Time
This article was originally featured in the Summer 2019 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
Canines have a history and reputation for being man’s best friend. However, some may not realize that dogs can also become agriculture’s best protector.
Building on such history and reputation, the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) detector dogs are a primary benefactor for screening passengers and cargo to impede the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases from entering the United States. The ability to target and zero in on specific odors make the dogs priceless agents in detecting prohibited agricultural items that cannot be seen with the naked eye, or detected by a human’s sense of smell. When it comes to finding fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries...
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