Fried on CFAP2 Applications and Vilsack on African Swine Fever
**The USDA’s recently announced updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 includes expanded eligibility and increased flexibility.
Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried is encouraging eligible Florida producers to review the program modifications and to apply via your local USDA Farm Service Agency offices.
USDA has set a deadline of October 12th for eligible producers to apply or modify CFAP2 applications.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging everyone to be informed about the devastation African swine fever can cause if it reaches the U.S. swine herd.
Vilsack tells www.agweb.com, ASF has never been detected in the U.S., however it's a very real threat to the U.S. pork industry.
He says protecting the U.S. hog herd is a high priority for the entire team at USDA, but it’s something that we can't do alone.
**National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Executive Officer Colin Woodall is talking about two atypical cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy detected in Brazil.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, Woodall says given Brazil's history of failing to report BSE cases in a timely manner, we must remain vigilant in enforcing our safeguards and holding them accountable.
Woodall says we have full faith and confidence in the abilities of the USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to enforce our safety standards and trade rules.