Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and our 62,000 member families call on state lawmakers to support the restoration of funding in the state budget to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Penn Vet’s work on proper egg handling has nearly eradicated the occurrence of salmonella in eggs produced throughout Pennsylvania. That research has been replicated across the country and is a key example of how Penn Vet protects our food supply.
Penn Vet works with Penn State and the Department of Agriculture on a three-tiered system that monitors for animal diseases. Its efforts track diseases that could harm Pennsylvania’s livestock farmers, and study diseases that could impact human health. Some animal diseases have the potential to spread to humans.
As part of the One Health Initiative, Penn Vet looks for common links between human and animal health that can combat diseases and infections. For example, research on animal cancers is now being used in human clinical trials, and Penn Vet has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to predict and control seizures in dogs and humans.
Investing state dollars into the surveillance of diseases that could devastate our livestock and Pennsylvania’s food supply is prudent. When the agriculture economy suffers in Pennsylvania, so does the local economy. As a dairy farmer, I couldn’t imagine losing access to Penn Vet’s world-class research, food protection programs and veterinarian care. That’s why we’re calling on the state general assembly to fund this critical support system of agriculture.
Richard Ebert, Camp Hill
Richard Ebert is president of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau