USDA renews funding for PRRS research
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that $4.8
million will be committed over the next four years to the PRRS Coordinated
USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES) is providing the money to decrease economic losses
from Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory
, which costs the swine industry $580 million
annually and affects more than 60% of US swine herds.
"A new strain of
highly pathogenic PRRS has been found in China and Vietnam and is implicated as
the primary cause of Porcine High Fever Disease, resulting in the death of large
numbers of swine," said Gale Buchanan, USDA under-secretary for Research,
Education, and Economics.
"Renewal of the PRRS project
responds to the urgent need to make sure the right tools are available to keep
this foreign strain from affecting the US swine population."
funded in 2004 by CSREES, the project has been lead by the University of
Minnesota. The next phase has Kansas State University running point on the
research in which nearly 20 universities and organizations from across the
country and around the world will be participating in, among which is also Ohio
This phase will focus on prevention and control tools;
knowledge needed to support scientists; application of existing and new
technologies in regional disease eradication efforts; and development of
educational and outreach programs for scientists, producers and
â€¢ Cooperative State Research,
Education, and Extension Service
â€¢ Kansas State University
â€¢ Ohio State
â€¢ United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
â€¢ University of Minnesota
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