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USDA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ASSIST DAIRIES IMPACTED BY AVIAN FLU
Agri-Pulse reports:

The Agriculture Department is making a wide range of resources available to dairy farmers whose herds are affected by avian flu, including reimbursing them for the cost of personal protective equipment and development of biosecurity plans, in part to gather more information about farmworker health.

"Producers who facilitate the participation of their workers in [the] USDA/CDC workplace and farmworker study" can get up to $2,000 per month if they provide PPE to their employees "and/or provide outerwear uniform laundering," USDA said Friday.

They also can get up to $1,500 per affected premises "to develop biosecurity plans based on existing secure milk supply plans. This includes recommended enhanced biosecurity for individuals that frequently move between dairy farms - milk haulers, veterinarians, feed trucks, AI technicians, etc."

Producers also can get up to $2,000 per month if they establish a system to heat treat all waste milk before disposal, and cover shipping costs to labs in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. "USDA will pay actual shipping costs, not to exceed $50 per shipment for up to two shipments per month for each affected premises," the department said.

Added together, "these tools represent a value of up to $28,000 per premises to support increased biosecurity activities over the next 120 days," USDA said.

Separately, USDA said it would compensate producers for loss of milk production, using funding from the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP).

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