US Swine Health Improvement Plan (US SHIP)


A national strategy for biosecurity, traceability & disease surveillance



The U.S. Swine Health Improvement Plan (US SHIP) is a producer-driven national program that establishes consistent health standards that serve as a platform for control of foreign animal diseases (FAD) of high consequence like African swine fever (ASF) and classical swine fever (CSF). It also has benefits for the control of endemic diseases.

The US SHIP program is designed to help you remain a sustainable and reliable supplier of pork amidst the constant threat of foreign animal diseases. The technical standards focus initially on the prevention, mitigation, and traceability of ASF and CSF, but will likely also impact domestic diseases. The program standards will be defined and updated annually by a House of Delegates made up of pork producers like you.


Benefits of US SHIP enrollment include:

  • Helps protect your business and livelihood.
  • Gives you an active role in protecting the long-term viability of the U.S. pork industry.
  • Prepares your farm for foreign animal diseases like ASF/CSF.

US SHIP in Iowa is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). The State Veterinarian of Iowa’s office at IDALS is responsible for program administration, enrollment, and certification. Iowa Pork Producers Association is assisting with outreach and House of Delegates selection.


Enrollment—by site—is simple:

  1. Complete the enrollment form with basic contact information and agree to the program standards.
    Download a fillable PDF and return to
    —You may enroll multiple sites at one time by completing and attaching the Excel spreadsheet to your email.
  2. Complete the biosecurity enrollment survey provided after you submit your enrollment form.
  3. Practice sending 30 days of swine movement records in an electronic format to IDALS.