Farm Bill

NPPC’s Position

NPPC supports a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank to enable the quick containment and eradication of an outbreak to prevent catastrophic financial losses for the agriculture economy.


NPPC worked hard to secure permanent and mandatory funding to protect animal well-being and farmers’ livelihood from the real FMD threat facing the industry today.


The 2018 Farm Bill directed the USDA Secretary to “prioritize the acquisition and maintenance of sufficient quantities of FMD vaccine.” NPPC looks forward to working with USDA to implement the vaccine bank, which will help safeguard rural economies.


The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law in December 2018 and contained language championed by NPPC to establish permanent, mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness efforts.

The five-year agricultural blueprint:

  • Funds the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development Program to support export markets for U.S. farm goods. The programs are funded at not less than $200 million and $34.5 million, respectively.
  • Includes $120 million for the first four years for animal health and disease preparedness, requiring at least $5 million a year for the National Animal Disease Preparedness Program.
  • Money can be allocated for a foreign animal disease vaccine bank for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
    • NAHLN provides disease surveillance and diagnostic support, and through block grants, for state efforts to prepare for any foreign animal disease outbreak.
    • The NAHLN is authorized an additional $30 million a year for all five years of the bill. Another mandatory $30 million is allocated for all three programs in the fifth year, with at least $18 million going to the state block grants.
  • The bill also gives the USDA secretary discretion to allocate additional funds, as necessary, for the vaccine bank and the disease preparedness program.
Fast Facts

A foot-and-mouth disease

would immediately close all export markets to U.S. meat; for the U.S. pork industry exports are more than 25% of total production.

More than 1.5 million

jobs would be lost over 10 years over a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

24 strains

of foot-and-mouth disease are active in countries worldwide.

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