SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Iowa senator vows to review USDA avian influenza plans

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) addressed the government’s plan to deal with future outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. | File photo
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said Friday she looks forward to reviewing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recently released plans for handling future outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The USDA had  announced its intent to better arm farmers and producers with resources to prevent the disease from affecting foods they grow.

“I look forward to thoroughly reviewing the USDA’s proposed plan to ensure our farmers and producers – in Iowa and across the country – have the necessary safeguards in place to prepare for and respond to potential future outbreaks as migratory waterfowl are soon returning," Ernst said. "It is crucial that the USDA implement the necessary fixes in order to help prevent the same devastating losses and delays our ag industry suffered from as a result of this massive outbreak.

“We have seen first-hand the crippling effects of the avian flu in our state. I continue to hear from Iowa poultry and egg producers frustrated by the government’s response to this outbreak, which has taken a significant financial and emotional toll. In working alongside our federal and state governments, I remain committed to working to ensure we are as prepared as possible for any potential outbreaks in the future,” Ernst said.

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