Minnesota Representative Jim Hagedorn says in the short-term, the biggest concern for American agriculture is preventing the African swine fever from coming to the United States.

“It’s devastated China,” said Hagedorn. “They’ve lost half their hogs or more and it’s moving into other parts of the world. It’s an opportunity for the United States to move our pork products to other parts of the world. It will also be a challenge to keep (African swine fever) out of our country.”

Hagedorn says he has sponsored a bill related to this issue asking the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security to create a task force and for Congress to give the task force the tools it needs.