USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently issued an update on its efforts to establish a consultation board for the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP).
In its Feb. 20 update, APHIS said it is working to establish a collaborative process to award future funding under the NADPRP, as directed by the 2018 farm law. APHIS recently announced the first phase of this program by providing $5.2 million in program funds “to advance the capabilities, capacity and readiness of the nation’s animal agriculture sector responders through training and exercises.”
The consultation board will recommend annual program funding priorities, provide input to improve program policies and processes, nominate experts to review and rank funding proposals, and make recommendations for the program’s annual spending plan. The board also will develop policies and processes to rotate members regularly and recruit new members, and assure fair representation of all entities eligible to participate in NADPRP.
The NADPRP Consultation Board will consist of 12 members:
- Ten nominated by the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), to include three state representatives, four industry representatives (one each from bovine, porcine, poultry, and small ruminant livestock organizations) and three academic representatives.
- One nominated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
- One nominated by APHIS’ tribal liaison to represent interests from tribal organizations.
APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) program also will coordinate and participate in the consultation board. Once all members are identified, VS will organize the board’s first meeting and issue a stakeholder announcement providing information on the board’s composition. The board’s oversight will be limited to NADPRP and will not have a role in determining overall NADPRP funding levels.