Special Report

How FMD can impact you locally

The economic effect of Foot and Mouth Disease isn’t just a threat to the ag economy,  it can hit closer to home. 

Using a real county, with real economic data, Dr. Sebastian Heath, a Branch Chief for Program Development at FEMA, simulated how FMD on 60 farms would impact just one county in rural America.  “The local impact on the economy – not related to agriculture – would reduce that economy’s tax base by $6.4 million a week on the Gross County Product,” he says. 

In addition – over the course of a year Dr. Heath says that county would have lost over 4,000 jobs because of the economic effects of FMD.

AUDIO: Dr. Sebastian Heath, FEMA (3:06mp3)

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