Public Meetings on Bovine Tuberculosis Scheduled

USDA seeking input on national bovine tuberculosis program.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced the schedule for a series of public meetings this month on the national bovine tuberculosis program. Each meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time with registration one hour before.

"We want to hear directly from producers and stakeholders on our TB program and are looking for innovative, realistic approaches to effectively addressing this disease in the United States," said APHIS administrator Cindy Smith. "We can improve the TB program so that it can meet current challenges, but public participation is vital to reach that goal."

These discussions will explore approaches to reducing the risk of disease transmission from affected herds, disease mitigation measures for wildlife and whether the program's objective should be eradication or control of TB in domestic livestock. Other topics include budget concerns, import issues and indemnities. Participants can submit oral and written comments and pose questions at these sessions.

For the complete schedule of meetings and more information about bovine tuberculosis and the national eradication program, click HERE.

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