Pork industry asks legislature for funding to prep for animal diseases

first_imgDES MOINES — To best prepare for outbreaks of any foreign animal diseases, the Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture in asking state lawmakers for money.Drew Mogler, the association’s public policy director, says funding is needed to help the ag department prepare for diseases like foot and mouth disease or African swine fever.“They’ve ramped up some funding efforts for activities,” Mogler says, “and this year, again, we’re supporting them for another half-a-million dollars, for some of those activities as they continue to build up their planning and preparedness efforts alongside the industry.”He notes that’s the primary state agency for battling any foreign animal diseases, should they reach Iowa.“The department of ag plays a pretty critical role in movement of animals and permitting,” Mogler says. “It’s important that they have the resources at their disposal to be able to make sure that continuity of business for producers and they have certainty as we respond to an incident like that.”Mogler says Iowa lawmakers are wrapping up their talks on policy bills after the recent “funnel” deadline.“Now, they’re turning to appropriations and putting budgets together,” Mogler says. “It’s one of those things that we’re pretty confident that we’ll be able to get some of that money but continue to remind legislators of the importance of proper planning and preparedness in the state.”Mogler says while neither foot and mouth disease or African swine fever has shown up in the United States, it’s critical officials are vigilant with protection efforts against any possible outbreaks.last_img read more

COPE CALLS ON MINISTER TO PROTECT IRISH MACKEREL FISHERY

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has issued a stark warning to Minister Coveney ahead of today’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Luxembourg.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPThe meeting will discuss the dispute over mackerel quota rights in the North East Atlantic as Iceland and the Faroe Islands have increased their overall share of mackerel from 5% in 2005 to 52% in 2013.MEP Gallagher stated today ahead of the Council meeting: “My clear understanding is that the European Commission is anxious to secure a deal at any cost, regardless of the consequences for the Irish pelagic industry. “It was widely known within Europe and also reported in the Norwegian press today that the Commission has offered Iceland 11.9% and the Faroe Islands 12% of the future total allowable catch for mackerel. Furthermore, I am aware that the Commission are going to individual countries, making side deals on other fish stocks in order to get the Council to agree to their proposal.”Pat the Cope confirmed that “If these figures are accepted, it would possibly result in a reduced share of mackerel quota for Ireland in the long-run. As a result, Iceland and the Faroe Islands would reap larger mackerel quotas than Ireland which is an absolute disgrace.”He added “I am calling on the Minister at tomorrow’s meeting to forcefully challenge EU Fisheries Commissioner Damanaki, as to why she is willing to reward the reckless behaviour of Iceland and the Faroe Islands at the expense of Irish fishermen, who have acted in a responsible way over the last number of years.”Pat the Cope concluded, “While, the new advice by ICES which recommends an increase of 64% of the TAC will give a renewed impetus to efforts to reach a negotiated agreement on the sharing arrangements. “This opportunity must not be at the expense of Irish fishermen, who have acted in a responsible manner by rewarding Iceland and the Faroe Islands with an unjustified percentage share. The Minister must do his utmost to protect the Irish mackerel fishery, as it is worth EUR 125 million per annum to Ireland, and is extremely important to Ireland’s largest fishing port, Killybegs in Donegal.” COPE CALLS ON MINISTER TO PROTECT IRISH MACKEREL FISHERY was last modified: October 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Agriculture and Fisheries meetingMACKERELPat The Cop Gallagherlast_img read more