NADeFA Applauds Commitment to Cervid Health in House Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee voted to pass the House Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations Act out of committee.  The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation's leading voice for the cervid industry, applauds this legislation and appreciates the commitment to cervid health the Committee has shown in this bill. 

The bill includes $3.5 million for cervid health under the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). That represents an increase of $500,000 over what the committee has appropriated over the last three years for cervid health. The language in the committee report directly addresses the need for this money to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and to provide indemnity to deer farmers. 
 
NADeFA members from across the country have been on Capitol Hill this week to help push this funding increase over the finish line.  This push follows up on the work NADeFA members, leadership, and Capitol Hill Consulting Group has done continuously over the last four years meeting with key appropriators and committee staff to lay the groundwork for this increase in funding. 
 
NADeFA Executive Director Shawn Schafer said of the increase, "We have worked tirelessly to ensure funding for CWD research and indemnity payments to keep up with the needs of the industry.  The language in the bill comes directly from the request we provided the committee, and this increase is the direct effort of NADeFA's work."  He also added: "It is our hope that this increased funding will speed up certification of a USDA approved CWD live test that will identify genetically resistant cervids and will protect our producers' ability to maintain their livelihood while decreasing the volume of indemnity which will save taxpayers' money."
 
NADeFA thanks the committee for working with us on this important issue.
 
NADeFA has worked closely with USDA-APHIS for more than two decades on a variety of issues related to cervid health and national guidelines. The CWD Herd Certification Program, for example, is a voluntary, cooperative program that allows participating cervid producers to achieve herd certification status of their cervid herds and to meet the requirements for the interstate movement of farmed cervids
 
Founded in 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA programs and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit www.NADeFA.org.