The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is launching a foreign animal disease program that will teach veterinarians how to detect and respond to foreign animal diseases affecting the state’s livestock and poultry industries. According to a news release from the state agriculture department, the IowaFADefense program will also increase the number of veterinarians trained to assist the state and the USDA in a response to a disease outbreak. “If a foreign animal disease breaches U.S. borders, it could be devastating to Iowa’s agriculture-based economy,” Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in the release. Diseases included in the program’s curriculum are African swine fever, classical swine fever, Foot-and-mouth diseasehighly pathogenic avian influenza and virulent Newcastle disease. The program, which is free and funded through the state’s foreign animal disease preparedness and response fund, is entirely online. In-person meetings may be added in the future. Veterinarians who complete the entire program will earn 19 hours of continuing education credits. To participate, veterinarians must register by June 5 at iowafadresponse.com.