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2016 Federal Budget proposal addresses food safety, antibiotics and trade

President Obama’s $4 trillion fiscal 2016 budget includes several measures important to the U.S. pork industry. Contained in the funding blueprint are proposals that would impact the hog industry and agriculture, according to the National Pork Producers Council. Provisions included in the budget:

  • Consolidate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service and the food safety components of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create a single agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Address emerging swine diseases, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus and other swine enteric coronaviruses.
  • Devote $20 million to USDA for the national control program for feral swine.
  • Increase by $57 million USDA’s budget for fighting antimicrobial resistance, including: an increase of $17 million for the Agricultural Research Service to study the relationships among microbes and livestock, the environment and human health; a $10 million increase for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to enhance monitoring for antimicrobial-resistant bacteria among livestock; and $2 million more for the National Agricultural Statistics Service to enhance survey work related to antimicrobial resistance. NIFA will use an additional $28 million through AFRI to develop, refine, and disseminate science-based knowledge about animal health management and production practices that can reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance.”
  • Increase by $14.8 million FDA’s budget related to fighting antimicrobial resistance, including for assessing and measuring the impact of Guidance 213, which phases out the use in livestock production of antibiotics labeled only for growth promotion; developing a system for monitoring antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals; and implementing a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) compliance program and providing guidance and training to support the VFD guidance implementation.
  • Give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) $282.6 million to expand the nation’s ability to fight antibiotic resistance through enhanced monitoring in food-animal production of antibiotic-resistance patterns, as well as antibiotic sales, usage and management practices at multiple points in the production chain.
  • Require USDA’s Economic Research Service to study the economics of antibiotics use in livestock production. ERS will examine the uses of antibiotics in livestock agriculture, exploring the extent of use by livestock species, stage of production and purposes.
  • Require ERS to study the efficacy of 2003 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) environmental regulations, examining how livestock and crop operations responded to the rules, including changes in the land base for manure application, in manure nutrient application rates on regulated operations and in manure application on nearby non-regulated operations.
  • Look at opportunities for exports to China of U.S. livestock products. ERS will examine China’s livestock modernization strategy that facilitated productivity growth and large increases in animal protein production in earlier decades with surprisingly little impact on agricultural trade.
  • Increase by $2 million the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s budget. The proposed rise is complementary with Obama’s aggressive trade agenda, with the administration negotiating multiple high-ambition trade agreements.
  • Consolidate the numerous trade agencies within the federal government. Offices to be grouped are the U.S. Commerce Department’s core trade and business functions, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
  • Increase the budgets for USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program. The programs are critical to increasing U.S. exports, and the U.S. pork industry and other agriculture sectors rely on the funding to help open and retain access to foreign markets for their products.

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  1. Need to keep more of the regulatory nonsense away from winegrapes and wine production. There are no food safety issues in the business. For information on the unnecessary, superfluous, duplicate (of licensing and sanitation in liquor codes), and discriminatory (in favor of out of state wineries and in state ones producing grape juice) regulation of Ohio wineries by the Ohio Department of Agriculture please do an online search for FreeTheWineries

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