February 28, 2020

Ag Economy (Hearing- PEDv); Trade; Farm Bill; Regs; and, Biofuels

Agricultural Economy: House Ag Livestock Subcommittee Hearing- PEDv, Drought

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday that, “Animal-health experts at USDA don’t know how they are going to implement a plan to require pork producers to report cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or track movements of animals in herds with the infection.

“Two weeks ago, the department announced new plans to tighten biosecurity and reduce the spread of PED that was first reported in the country nearly a year ago. Since that time, the pork industry has raised a lot of questions about just how USDA intends to implement such a plan. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service doesn’t yet have a strategy to track the movement of hogs from infected herds without putting an undue burden on pork producers nationally.”