NPPC Hails Foot N' Mouth Vaccine and Citrus Greening Control
**After a five-year search, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, say they’ve found a naturally occurring product that controls the fatal citrus disease HLB or citrus greening.
The disease has devastated citrus in some regions and has so far been confined to residential trees in California.
UC Riverside says geneticist Hailing Jin found the peptide while studying plants that resist the disease.
**The establishment of a robust Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank, a top, long-term National Pork Producers Council priority, came closer to reality last week as USDA announced its first significant vaccine purchase.
NPPC was instrumental in advocating for establishment of the FMD vaccine bank as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Council President AV Roth says the announcement is momentous, representing years of NPPC advocacy to ensure U.S. agriculture is protected should we have an FMD outbreak.
**The USDA announced approximately $4 million in available funding to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private sector resources to address challenges for socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers, and communities.
The program is administered by the USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.
The Centers of Community Prosperity initiative was launched by Secretary Perdue in 2019 to increase the capacity of rural and underserved communities through extensive collaboration, tailored technical assistance, and a community’s designation as a Community of Faith and Opportunity.