|USDA ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FIELD TRIALS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS|
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2005–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced it will award $3 million in cooperative agreements to states and tribes for conducting research to develop or test potential solutions for animal identification and automated data collection in support of the National Animal Identification System (Animal Disease Traceability).
Applicants are encouraged to propose research or field trial projects to:
Funding application packages are available on the APHIS Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mrpbs
Projects applicable to any livestock or animal industry associated with Animal Disease Traceability are eligible for funding. Collaboration with private companies, producer organizations, colleges and universities, or other research organization is strongly encouraged.
Implementation of Animal Disease Traceability will support state and federal animal disease monitoring and surveillance through the rapid tracing of infected and exposed animals during animal disease outbreaks. Additional benefits of Animal Disease Traceability include enhanced consumer confidence in the health of U.S. livestock and associated products and improved productivity management for producers.
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