USDA APHIS Listening Session on the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards
August 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
September 18 at 1:00 pm Eastern
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks your and your staff’s input on revising the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program (HCP).
The HCP is a cooperative effort between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), State animal health and wildlife agencies, and farmed cervid owners. APHIS coordinates with these State agencies to encourage cervid owners to certify their herds and comply with the CWD Herd Certification Program Standards. The goal of the HCP is to provide a consistent, national approach to control the incidence of CWD in farmed cervids and prevent the interstate spread of CWD. Achieving this goal will ultimately result in several important long‐term outcomes, including:
- Healthy cervids (both farmed and wild populations) with a reduced risk of CWD.
- Increased confidence that HCP‐certified herds are at low risk for CWD infection.
- Strong trade of cervid animals and products (increased market confidence).
- Reduced risk of transmission from, and environmental contamination by, CWD‐positive herds.
You may provide written comments or questions during the session using the meeting chat function, registration form, or file written comments before, during, or after the meetings by emailing CWD@usda.gov or mailing to Dr. Hillary A. McManama, Veterinary Medical Officer, Cervid Health Staff, Strategy and Policy, Veterinary Services, APHIS; c/o Ms. Melanie Rouse, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737. Written comments by attendees or other interested stakeholders will be welcomed for the public record up to the close of business on Monday, November 13, 2023. Please refer to Docket No. APHIS-2023-0042 when submitting your comments.