Pork Board Creating Secure Pork Supply Plan

The National Pork Board, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is creating a Secure Pork Supply plan to help Americas pig farmers respond quickly to a major threat, such as a foreign animal disease. The plan, announced Wednesday, will enhance communication and coordination of all pork chain segments to help producers keep their farms operating and all related business activities functioning, according to the National Pork Board.

Newly elected NPB President Terry ONeel of Nebraska said of the plan that: If we get the news that FMD, African swine fever or another foreign animal disease has arrived, the Secure Pork Supply plan will pay big dividends by getting pork production back to normal much faster. An Iowa State University study estimates potential revenue losses to U.S. pork and beef industries from a foot and mouth disease outbreak would run $12.8 billion per year or $128 billion over a 10-year period. Related losses to corn and soybean markets over a decade would be $44 billion and $24.9 billion, respectively. The Secure Pork Supply plan will provide procedures that pork producers, processors and federal/state agencies agree are feasible should a foreign animal disease occur in the United States.

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Story source: NAFB News Service

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