Secretary Naig Thanks USDA APHIS for Efforts to Protect Trade and Pork Producers from African Swine Fever

DES MOINES, Iowa (Aug. 26, 2021) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement today after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced plans to establish a Foreign Animal Disease protection zone in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I want to thank USDA APHIS for taking steps to protect pork producers in the continental U.S. from the potential trade disruptions and economic harm that could occur if African Swine Fever were detected in a U.S. territory in the Caribbean. This is one of many steps being taken to protect our trade relationships, economy, producers and pig populations from ASF and other foreign animal diseases,” said Secretary Naig. “I also want to remind pork producers that practicing good biosecurity is the best way to protect your pigs from all animal diseases. Now is the time to evaluate the biosecurity practices on your farm and look for opportunities to strengthen them.”

Producers can find information about biosecurity best practices at


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