U.S. steps up inspections

It was lead by African Swine Fever worries

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection patch is seen on the arm of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Loren Elliott / REUTERS

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The United States is hiring more inspectors and dogs to screen imports that pose a threat to agriculture.

President Donald Trump signed legislation to enable the increases to inspections, citing concerns about African Swine Fever.

“Ensuring we have enough agricultural inspectors at our borders is critical to maintaining a healthy U.S. swine herd,” said National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, North Carolina.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have done much to mitigate the risk to animal disease.

“Bolstered by this legislation, even more resources will be available to strengthen biosecurity at our borders. This is a victory for farmers, consumers and the American economy,” he said.