January 30, 2004
Jan. 30, 2004 -- According to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, the administration?s FY 2005 budget proposal will include an increase of $47 million to fund multi-agency efforts to enhance USDA?s Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) prevention program.
Delta Farm Press reported that the administration will request a total of $60 million for BSE-related activities. The total request includes:
- $33 million to further accelerate the development of a national animal identification system;
- $17 million for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to collect 40,000 samples and tests for BSE at rendering plants and on farms;
- $5 million for Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to conduct advanced research and development of BSE testing technologies;
- $4 million for Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to conduct monitoring and surveillance of compliance with BSE regulations; and
- $1 million for Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) to dispatch rapid response teams to markets experiencing BSE-related complaints.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33