USDA could get $35 million from Bush spending plan

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Washington-If Congress approves it, President George Bush's supplemental appropriations request would call for an additional $35 million for the United States Department of Agriculture to step up preventative measures against foreign animal disease threats.

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If Congress approves it, President George Bush's supplementalappropriations request would call for an additional $35 million for theUnited States Department of Agriculture to step up preventative measuresagainst foreign animal disease threats.

A breakdown of the request includes:

-$4.5 million for inspections at U.S. borders and ports of entry with emphasis on visitors from countries affected by FMD and BSE;

-$24.6 million for more veterinarians and animal health assessments to ensure diseases would be detected quickly;

-$1.9 million for contingency planning;

-$1.7 million for technical assistance worldwide to guard against diseases;

-$2.3 million for research efforts directed at new technologies.

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