Pork Sector Stakeholders Encouraged to Review SHIC 2022 Plan of Work

Farmscape for February 17, 2022

Full Interview 9:43 Listen

The Swine Health Information Center is encouraging pork sector stakeholders to review its just released 2022 plan of work. Launched in 2015, the Swine Health Information Center is charged with co-ordinating domestic and global swine disease monitoring, facilitating swine disease research and distributing critical information to pork sector stakeholders. As part of its February enewsletter, the center has released its 2022 Plan of Work. SHIC Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg explains the plan is compiled with broad pork sector input and oversight.

Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
I gather as much information from as many different sources as I can. I ask them all essentially about the same questions, what do we need to  accomplish in the next 12 months, what are the biggest issues that you have now and how can we help you with emerging diseases.
I talk to individuals, I talk to companies, I talk to individual veterinarians and pork producers, I talk to veterinary diagnostic labs, veterinary researchers, USDA, state animal health officials, as wide a variety of input as I can get. Then I pass that collection on to working groups, the monitoring and analysis working group and the preparedness and response working group that I have that advise the direction for the center. Then the final filter for our plan of work is the Swine Health Information Center’s Board of Directors.
They just met the last week in January and they went through all of the information that was gathered and they’re the ones that set the plan of work with the associated budget to that, taking some things out, adding some things, changing some things in there with their look of how they help give the Swine Health Information Center program the direction and the philosophy we need to have in order to help the pork industry.

Dr. Sundberg notes the plan of work remains fluid and may change and he invites anyone interested to visit the Swine Health Information Center web site at swinehealth.org and to provide input any time.

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