USDA Provides $824 Million in Emergency Funding for Bird Flu

The department is supporting APHIS’ work with state governments and local producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved $824 million for emergency response efforts addressing the H5N1 bird flu strain. The money will be transferred to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, allowing them to work more intensely with state governments and local farmers to diagnose and test the livestock and wildlife involved in regional outbreaks.

“In the two months since the initial detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle, USDA has worked quickly and in concert with its federal and state partners to better understand the virus and contain the disease,” the department stated. USDA added it is “committed to seeking additional ways to collect the data needed to better understand and mitigate the risk created by this outbreak.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for USDA officials as they seek to prevent the spread of H5N1.
  • For the local farmers and producers who are dealing with the virus in their livestock.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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