2018 Farm Bill IMPLEMENTATION
On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law. It marked the end of a two-year process in which NCBA fought to make sure that the landmark legislation included provisions of vital importance to America's cattle producers - chief among them the establishment and funding of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank and a strong Conservation Title.
However, our work on the Farm Bill is not finished. In 2019 and beyond, NCBA will keep working to ensure that our Farm Bill priorities are properly and fully implemented at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
On March 30, 2020 NCBA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons was appointmented by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program's (NADPRP) consultation board.
USDA APHIS established this consultation board to assist the agency with implementation of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. This new program was created by the 2018 Farm Bill to fund projects that will help prevent animal pests and diseases from entering the United States and reduce the spread and impact of potential disease incursions.
On July 8, 2020 USDA announced that they secured contracts worth $27.1 million to provide foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB) that was created in the 2018 Farm Bill at the request of NCBA. While this is a good step forward, more needs to be done. NCBA will continue to work with USDA, Congress, and other stakeholders to secure future funding, making certain that the entire cattle industry is better prepared for a possible outbreak of FMD.