NADeFA Applauds Passage of 2016 Omnibus Bill

The North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), the nation's leading voice for the cervid industry, applauds the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes $3 million for cervid health activities.

On Friday, December 18, 2015 the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which is the legislation providing for the discretionary funding for the federal government. This legislation was signed by the President and became law later that day. This legislation includes funds for cervid health issues as part of the USDA-APHIS budget, and APHIS is granted the authority to consider "indemnity payments if warranted" for deer farmers who sustain losses due to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

"This funding carries out the CWD Herd Certification Program, provides for CWD indemnity, and supports research for CWD and EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease)," says Shawn Schafer, executive director of NADeFA. "This mix of funding is important because it provides funds for indemnification to stop the spread of CWD, while continuing important research for a live test, to cut down the need for herd depopulation in the future."

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.