The Path to Protection
AgView is a free, opt-in technology solution from the National Pork Board that helps producers of all sizes and types provide disease status updates and pig movement data to state animal health officials.
This promotes business continuity for America’s pig farmers by uniquely making disease traceback and pig movement data available to the USDA and state animal health officials on day one of a foreign animal disease (FAD).
For the U.S. pork industry, AgView is the path to protection for America’s pig farms that will help navigate uncertainty in the event of a crisis.
$50 Billion Economic Impact
According to a 2020 study completed by economists at Iowa State University, the economic impact of a hypothetical African swine fever (ASF) outbreak could cost the pork industry more than $50 billion over 10 years.
How it works
When permissioned by producer-users, AgView can provide real-time health status plus site and pig movement data from participating farms to state animal health officials.
This information will aid in the response of a suspected or confirmed foreign animal disease. These features could help the pork industry rapidly contain or regionalize a potential foreign animal disease outbreak.
AgView uses much of the same data required by participants in the nation’s Secure Pork Supply plan, but connects the dots and leverages the information for actionable intelligence in a manner that allows state veterinarians, producers and others to make sound decisions quickly.
AgView collects producer data prior to an incident and securely stores it. They can visualize and manage their operations.
The system ties all farm premises and pig movements back to producer owners for precise tracking.
In the event of an outbreak, State Animal Health Officials requests data from producers if they are potentially at risk.
AgView also integrates with lab partners and other software platforms to maximize the speed of mitigating ASF.
Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak Preparation
With enough voluntary participants, AgView will help the pork industry to rapidly contain or regionalize an FAD outbreak. This will help restore safe pork exports and get business back to as close to normal as possible more quickly.
Participating producers should regularly input animal health information, which then they can choose to share when requested by state veterinarians during an FAD outbreak. This will allow the state animal health officials to better respond in an outbreak through rapid contact tracing and containment measures.
With AgView and producer permission, animal health officials get rapid and accurate visualization of relevant pig movement data and diagnostic disease test results to create visibility, accountability and trust during an FAD event.
Frequently asked questions
What is AgView?
How does AgView help with an outbreak of a foreign animal disease, like African swine fever?
Where the pigs are located and the size and types of farms state vets are dealing with
Magnitude of animal movements and more importantly, positive traces
Lab results from ASF testing (pre and post-outbreak)
Compliance with Secure Pork Supply plans
Verification of criteria needed for permitting movements
How damaging would a foreign animal disease outbreak be to the U.S. pork industry?
Amount to $8 billion in lost revenue ($61.59 per head) if ASF is controlled and exports return within one year
Cost the pork industry more than $50 billion over 10 years
Mean a difference of $15 billion in losses for the industry in a scenario where ASF is controlled in two years, as opposed to $50 billion in losses if controlled in 10 years
Lead to the loss of 140,000 jobs in the U.S.
Cause hog prices to fall by 47% in the first year of the outbreak, with prices stabilizing to 1.8% lower
Reduce long-term pork production by almost 30% if ASF is not quickly contained
Who can use AgView?
What information does the AgView app need me to provide?
Site information (premises identification numbers (PINs), type of farm, number of pigs)
Animal movements, both in-state and out-of-state
Lab results from participating labs
Will AgView be more effective if more producers participate?
Who owns AgView and how is it funded?
AgView is supported by the National Pork Board and funded by the Pork Checkoff.