USDA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced yesterday the department will offer $26.2 million to combat the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). USDA also issued a federal order requiring the reporting of new detections of these viruses to its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or state animal health officials. These viruses do not pose any risk to human health or food safety, and they are commonly detected in countries around the world. “In the last year, industry has estimated PEDv has killed some 7 million piglets and caused tremendous hardship for many American pork producers,” Vilsack said. “The number of marketready hogs this summer could fall by more than 10 percent relative to 2013 because of PEDv. Together with industry and our state partners, the steps we will take through the federal order will strengthen the response to PEDv and these other viruses and help us lessen the impact to producers, which ultimately benefit the consumers who have seen store pork prices rise by almost 10 percent in the past year.” For full details visit the APHIS website.