President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst that will provide money to hire more agricultural inspectors to check the food supply at the border.
The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 also would pay for support staff and specially trained dogs needed at airports, seaports and landside ports of entry.
“We’ve seen how a variety of diseases can devastate agricultural communities around the world,” Grassley said in a statement. “Now is the time to be proactive.”
Livestock groups said the move is needed to contain diseases that could damage or wipe out herds and flocks.
“Preventing the spread of African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases to the United States is our top priority,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council. “To further safeguard American agriculture, we need additional agriculture inspectors.”
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