USDA says it doesn’t have much authority or money for disaster aid for pork producers with herds hit by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), but that might change soon.
Since last April, PEDV has killed at least 4 million piglets.
The new farm bill does authorize $20 million for USDA’s use on emergency relief for livestock, honeybees, or farm-raised fish suffering from disease.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says before April 15, 2014, USDA will roll out the new disaster assitance programs in the farm bill and begin taking applications.
National Pork Producers Council Chief Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom says veterinary labs are reporting 250 to 350 new PEDV cases every week.