WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Congress would have to expand its portfolio of livestock disaster programs to compensate pork producers for pig losses from the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday.
Vilsack, talking to agriculture reporters, said PED reflects the ability of a disease carried by global trade to sweep through the country and wreak havoc on an industry. The disease has been found in hog herds in at least 26 states.
"It's cost us about 5 million piglets in this country, a growing number," Vilsack said.
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