The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) applauds the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee for securing $40 million in funds to modernize the National Animal Health Facility in Ames, Iowa. Congressman Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) played important roles in acquiring this funding for a facility that will house the Agricultural Research Service National Animal Disease Center (NADC), APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) and APHIS Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).

"Congressman Bonilla's leadership and initiative on this issue are greatly appreciated," said Bryan Dierlam, NCBA director of Legislative Affairs. "Congressman Latham is to be commended for recognizing the importance of modern research facilities in preventing and eliminating animal diseases and for unwaveringly pursuing funding."

Dierlam added that modern facilities are a key component of any strategy for foreign animal disease prevention and management. The government needs sufficient resources to protect U.S. livestock. The new facility is essential to maintaining the United State's preeminent position in animal disease prevention, research and eradication.

The proposed facility will replace existing USDA facilities in Ames. This is the second year funding has been provided for the modernization of the National Animal Health Center. First year funding was $9 million.