The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has awarded a total of $14.4 million dollars to 76 state entities, universities, and other partners working on strengthening programs that protect animal health. Specifically, the funding is targeted for projects focused on increasing practical livestock biosecurity measures, supporting projects to enhance early detection of diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease and African Swine Fever and improving emergency response capabilities at National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. Kansas State University was awarded funding for five projects. Two will focus on improving biosecurity for livestock operations and fairs and expositions. The remaining three will target improving testing efforts for FMD and African swine fever. The Kansas Department of Agriculture also received funding for a project that seeks to build upon the state’s response efforts to a foreign animal disease. The 2018 farm bill provided funding for these programs as part of an overall strategy to help prevent animal pests and diseases from entering the US and reduce the spread and impact of potential disease incursions. This is the second year APHIS is providing this farm bill funding. Last year APHIS provided $10.2 million dollars that funded 44 projects.