Secretary Naig Supports NPPC’s Decision to Cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 10, 2019) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement in response to the National Pork Producers Council’s decision to cancel the 2019 World Pork Expo. 

“We are working with USDA APHIS and pork producers to monitor the African Swine Fever outbreak in Asia and parts of Europe. Protecting the health of Iowa’s livestock and our ag-based economy are our top priorities. I fully support NPPC’s decision to cancel the 2019 show out of an abundance of caution. We continue to stress the importance of following proper biosecurity protocols on the farm every day to prevent the spread of disease and protect our herds.”

Information about African Swine Fever (ASF) and how to prevent the spread of the disease is available on the USDA APHIS website. NPPC also posted a downloadable list of “FAQs on the cancellation of World Pork Expo 2019” on its website

###

About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.

Contact: Lexi Marek                           
515-725-0424or 515-664-6311(cell)            
Lexi.Marek@iowaagriculture.gov