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Mon Nov 4, 2019, 07:41 AM

As African Swine Fever Continues Its March Across Asia, U.S. Pork Industry Preps For An Emergency

The State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, has sloped auditorium-style seating and plenty of outlets to keep laptops and cell phones charged. This is where officials gather during and immediately after tornadoes and massive flooding.

Itís the center for crisis control.

Thatís why in September, this space at the Iowa National Guard headquarters became the incident command center for a four day simulation exercise to test how well prepared Iowa and the other top pork-producing states are for an African swine fever outbreak.

The threat to the pork industry feels imminent Ė especially in this state, which raises more pigs than any other.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/african-swine-fever-continues-its-march-across-asia-us-pork-industry-preps-emergency

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