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Congress is writing the 2023 Farm Bill right now.

They need to hear from you!

Continued funding for vital Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF) vaccine research and vaccine development, which is nearing completion, is a leading issue for bison herd health. As Congress finalizes the next Farm Bill, let’s make sure it includes dedicated funding to make an MCF vaccine a reality and put this terminal bison disease behind us. To do that, we need your help and encourage you to contact your representatives and lobby them to include this crucial funding in the next U.S. Farm Bill. Here’s how you can help:

Our Request/Recommendation: Appropriate $2 million in Title VII of the 2023 Farm Bill to develop, manufacture, promote, and distribute an MCF bison vaccine, to be overseen by USDA ARS and the National Bison Association.

By phone:

Step 1: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and request your Senator or House representative.

Step 2: Leave a message for your Senators and Representative like this:

“Hi, my name is ____ and I’m a constituent and a ____ [farmer, rancher, concerned citizen, etc.]. As your constituent, I’m concerned about MCF’s deadly impact on bison. Will you support bison ranchers and healthy herds by supporting the inclusion of dedicated funding in the next Farm Bill to combat this terminal disease? Thank you!”

By email:

Step 1: Find your representative’s contact information here. https://www.congress.gov/members

Step 2: Copy and paste the letter text for the House or Senate below, personalize it, and send it along.

House Letter

Senate Letter

Want to learn more about this issue?

Malignant Catarrhal Fever Research Information