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Friday, October 29, 2021
Sen. Murdock Supports Increased Biosecurity Measures to Prevent Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks
Foreign animal diseases are a constant threat to Oklahoma’s livestock. An outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on American soil would have devastating consequences for agriculture producers and our state’s economy. That’s according to Oklahoma State Senator Casey Murdock, who expressed his complete support for any measures taken to curb foreign animal diseases, like ASF, from entering the country.

Governor Stitt and Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur have my complete support for any and all measures needed to secure our borders and protect our state from foreign animal diseases,” Murdock said. “The fiscal and emotional impact a virus like ASF could have would be devastating for our pork producers.”

According to the Oklahoma Pork Council, there are 1,947 Oklahoma farms producing more than 2 million hogs. The council reports 12,100 jobs in pork production in the state, generating $473.3 million in personal income, with $786.4 million added to the gross state product from pork production.

“As African Swine Fever continues to head toward the United States, I encourage pork producers and Americans traveling to take biosecurity measures seriously,” Murdock said.

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