This year, the National Pork Board will direct $1.8 million in national pork checkoff funding to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome research, outreach and information delivery to producers.

USDA also is providing a total of $4 million for PRRS research over a four-year period.

Through NPB's PRRS Initiative and USDA PRRS CAP, university researchers and Extension personnel, biopharmaceutical companies, state and federal government agencies, and swine veterinarians are working to map out a plan to manage and eliminate PRRS virus from U.S. swine farms. There's also an international cooperative component to the overall PRRS research efforts, as joint projects are being conducted at laboratories around the globe, including universities in Canada and the Netherlands.

"The PRRS Initiative has helped develop a national, coordinated, collaborative workplan that helps ensure the most rapid, efficient use of financial and intellectual resources to fight PRRS," says Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology for NPB.

"The partnership between pork producers and university researchers is good for producers, because it's the only way they will get the answers they need to solve the PRRS problem," says Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, an associate professor at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "The partnership also is good for university researchers, because it helps them acquire the resources to investigate important issues facing the swine industry."

SOURCE: National Pork Board