The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has adopted two interim rules pertaining to the pseudorabies eradication program and payment of indemnity, as a final rule without change.
The USDA will continue to provide for the payment of indemnity for the voluntary depopulation of swine herds infected with pseudorabies. Payment will be either the fair market value of the herds depopulated, or the difference between the net salvage value received and the fair market value of the swine destroyed. APHIS will also continue to provide an indemnity for breeding sows destroyed because of pseudorabies.
The first interim rule, which provided for the indemnity, was made in 1999. The second interim rule, made in 2000, set forth just how producers would be reimbursed. APHIS believes continuing the rule is necessary to further pseudorabies eradication efforts and protect uninfected swine.
Pseudorabies is known to have existed in the United States for at least 150 years. Currently, all 50 U.S. states have been declared free of pseudorabies.
For more information on the final rule, turn to the Oct. 12, 2004, Federal Register, www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/.