USDA fights African swine fever with third action week

USAgNet - 09/26/2023

The USDA is back with its third annual African Swine Fever (ASF) Action Week from October 2 - 6, 2023, calling upon U.S. swine producers, small farms, and pig owners to help protect the nation’s swine herds from this formidable disease.

ASF, a highly contagious disease, has never touched U.S. soils. However, its emergence in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2021 has sounded alarms. According to Dr. Rosemary Sifford, APHIS Veterinary Services Deputy Administrator, the persistent global circulation of ASF poses a growing threat to the U.S. swine industry, potentially leading to a decade-long, $75 billion eradication battle.

The USDA, through APHIS, has partnered with industry stakeholders and states to reinforce the defense against this disease, pushing the boundaries of preventive measures. The focus is clear – prevention is the best investment.

The week-long event will feature insightful messages from APHIS and industry partners, focusing on recent ASF preparedness efforts. Participants can also look forward to the “I Protect Pigs” photo contest and winners.

The USDA encourages everyone to engage via Twitter, Facebook, and the official website, where a plethora of resources, including custom videos, materials, and interactive training guides, are available for free.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn, share, and stand vigilant against ASF. Join hands with the USDA to protect our pigs and safeguard the swine herds that are pivotal for food supply in America and for our trading partners.

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