USDA officials and stakeholders plan to testify on impact of worst domestic avian flu outbreak.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

July 6, 2015

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Senate Agriculture Committee to hold avian flu hearing

Tuesday afternoon (July 7) the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of the avian influenza and the federal government’s response.

The hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST and can be viewed live online by clicking here. An archived Webcast will be available at the same link.

The announcement follows a letter sent by the two Senators from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) to Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) requesting a hearing on the federal government’s response to the ongoing outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Roberts released the hearing will feature two panels. The first will feature Dr. John R. Clifford, deputy administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Dr. David Swayne, laboratory director at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

The second panel features industry stakeholders including James Dean, chairman of the United Egg Producers; Ken Klippen, president of the National Assn. of Egg Farmers; Brad Moline, manager of Moline Farms in Manson, Iowa; Rob Knecht, president and vice president of operations of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries and Konos, Inc; and Tom Elam, president of FarmEcon.

Ernst said the hearing represents an “important opportunity to bring leaders and key stakeholders together to review the pandemic spread of this deadly disease, identify areas for improvement within response procedures, and set the stage to ensure we are better prepared in the future."

Over 30 million birds have been depopulated in the state of Iowa and over 47 million birds nationwide.

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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