April 20, 2021


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AFIA calls for greater animal disease mitigation resources as Vilsack returns to the helm of USDA

It will be Vilsack’s second time in that seat.

The US Senate voted 92 to 7 yesterday to confirm Vilsack as the new US secretary of agriculture.

We have a lot of work ahead of us to contain the pandemic, transform America’s food system, create fairer markets for producers, ensure equity and root out systemic barriers, develop new income opportunities with climate smart practices, increase access to healthy and nutritious food, and make historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy in rural America,”​ said the new USDA head.

In congratulating Vilsack, AFIA CEO, Constance Cullman, reminded the new USDA lead that, with the constant threat of animal disease entering the US, the trade body continues to demand that the agency set aside the resources it needs to not only improve agricultural research and mitigate disease risks, but to create a best-in-class preparedness and response network.

“We hope that the agency will continue its efforts to harmonize the regulatory framework across the agencies responsible for bringing novel human and animal nutrition-improving technologies to market.

“Modernizing our rural infrastructure will allow the agriculture industry to fully participate in a more connected world and we stand ready to work with the agency to turn this priority into a reality.”

The AFIA will also look to support Secretary Vilsack in his diplomatic efforts to ensure science-based standards and regulations remain a top priority in terms of export markets, said the head of the US feed trade group.