The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement on passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate:

“The 2018 Farm Bill represents an unprecedented investment in animal health. The health of the turkey industry depends upon the health of our flocks. The National Turkey Federation applauds passage of the Farm Bill and the inclusion of key provisions to help make certain animal health is a priority and that there is a coordinated effort in place to address any threats. The creation of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, along with mandatory funding, will provide the tools and resources animal agriculture needs to help prevent, identify and respond to disease outbreaks.

“The National Turkey Federation has been working alongside members of the animal agriculture industry for several years to see these tools to strengthen animal health become a reality. The threat of a disease outbreak, like avian influenza, impacts not only the turkey industry, but also our country’s trade relationships and ability to produce high quality, affordable food. We’re extremely pleased that the Farm Bill provides $300 million in mandatory funding for animal health priorities, including the creation of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. An enhanced focus on animal health will help to strengthen the industry as well as America’s food security.

“We thank Chairman Conaway, Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Peterson and Ranking Member Stabenow for their leadership in getting this bill across the finish line. With passage of the Farm Bill by the House and Senate with broad support, we now urge President Trump to sign this measure into law soon. We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary Perdue to implement these programs to learn more about animal diseases and further bolster animal health.”

The National Turkey Federation is the national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers, raising awareness for its members’ products while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality and nutritious food to consumers worldwide.