Six senators from some of the country’s top pork-producing states have united to request “robust” funding for developing a vaccine to fight Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) be included in the fiscal 2015 agriculture appropriations.  

The senators sent a letter to Senate subcommittee leaders, pressing that if “PEDv continues to spread at its current rate, many producers could struggle to remain in business.”

The letter was signed by Senators Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“Control of and response to emerging diseases is critical. There is no currently licensed vaccine for PEDv,” the letter said. “To address an outbreak of this magnitude, we request that robust funding be appropriated in FY2015 to USDA's Agricultural Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture programs to better understand these diseases and to develop a vaccine. We also ask that funding be approved for comprehensive monitoring and surveillance efforts by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.”  

The senators also mentioned Swine Delta Corona Virus, an emerging disease affecting many of the same producers harmed by PEDv. Click here to read the letter.

Earlier this year, Franken, Hagan, and Stabenow pressed the USDA for help in fighting PEDv. See “Dear Vilsack: Help pork industry fight PEDv” and “Senators seek disaster assistance for pork producers” for our previous coverage.