WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture is looking for registered federal contractors to help with highly pathogenic avian influenza-related clean up. The agency said existing contracts are in place with many vendors, but additional support is needed due to the size and scope of the HPAI outbreak response.

USDA said help is needed with landfills; carbon sources such as compost, wood chips, etc.; transportation; heavy equipment and environmental disposal/hazardous materials handling.

Contractors may be contacted directly based on their type of business (NAICS code). However, opportunities also are posted online at www.fbo.gov. Interested firms can search “agency” using “Animal Plant Health Inspection Service” to see a list of current opportunities.

More than 44.6 million birds have been affected by avian influenza since the virus was first detected in December 2014.