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USDA could get $35 million from Bush spending plan
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.
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.