The National Turkey Federation (NTF) and United Egg Producers (UEP) released a statement today on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) announced plan to use Farm Bill funding to support animal disease prevention and management:

“Prevention is the first step in keeping our flocks safe from disease. We applaud APHIS for moving forward with implementation of this important plan that will focus essential resources on animal disease prevention and management. The 2018 Farm Bill made an unprecedented investment in animal health, and the creation of the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) was a top priority for our members. We look forward to working with APHIS to ensure poultry producers have access to enhanced tools and resources needed to effectively prevent, identify and respond to disease threats and continue supplying consumers with safe, nutritious poultry products.”


Section 12101 of the 2018 Farm Bill established a three-part program to help APHIS support animal disease prevention and management. The bill included funding to create two new programs: the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (Preparedness and Response Program). It also expands funding opportunities for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

About National Turkey Federation

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) 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.

About United Egg Producers

United Egg Producers (UEP) is a cooperative of U.S. egg farmers working collaboratively to address legislative, regulatory and advocacy issues impacting the industry through active farmer-member leadership. UEP established and manages the UEP Certified Program, demonstrating a broad commitment to the care of egg-laying hens. UEP also sponsors the national Egg Safety Center, a leading resource for information on the safe production and handling of eggs. Formed in 1968, UEP members represent more than 90 percent of U.S. egg production.