The Foot and Mouth Disease Protection Act of 2008 was approved by the Senate Agriculture
Appropriations Committee last week and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote. Representatives have also introduced the bill in the House. A large bi-partisan group of legislators in both houses signed on  as co-sponsors.

"This has been a big week for American ranchers and we're excited about all the support the Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention Act of 2008 is receiving," says Leo McDonnell, director emeritus of the U.S. Cattlemen Association. "From lawmakers to editorials in rural newspapers it seems like everybody in farm country is lining up behind this bill and it's easy to see why. This issue is very straightforward; Argentina has FMD, America doesn't and we'd like to keep it that way."

The bill prohibits the importation of Argentine ruminants and swine, or any meat or product of any ruminant or swine raised or slaughtered in Argentina until the U.S. Secretary of  Agriculture certifies to Congress that every region of Argentina is free of FMD without vaccination.

Source: Ohio Farmer