Gathering Antimicrobial Use Data in Animals Dr. Craig A. Lewis, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talks about whys of data collections in antibiotic use and provides details on the USDA strategy moving forward on antimicrobial use within agriculture. Dr. Lewis shares background on some of the initiatives for agriculture antimicrobial use and what some of the data collection issues are. Dr. Lewis also highlights the connections of agriculture, food, and the regulatory groups that are involved, like the FDA and USDA.
The Need for Data Dr. Larry Granger, DVM, Senior Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, outlines the USDA interest in the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report. The USDA brought together many stakeholders to have the conversations around antimicrobial resistance and what options there are for the future of agriculture. Questions aiming to be addressed: How does the reduction of antimicrobials impact the production of food and how does the actions of Antimicrobial reduction affect national security?
You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure Dr. Calvin Booker, Managing Partner at Feedlot Health Management Services, Ltd., shares perspectives on antibiotics, antimicrobials, and resistance by practicing veterinarians. One of Dr. Booker's takeaway is the importance of understanding the impact of feedlot antimicrobial use and resistance so that developing a sustainable plan for using antimicrobials in feedlot production can be accomplished.
Swine Health Programs Update Dr. Troy Bigelow, DVM, USDA, APHIS, VS, points out activities within the comprehensive integrated surveillance (CIS) activities, as it relates to swine diseases. Dr. Bigelow outlines research being conducted and data points being monitored. Dr. Bigelow closes with a review of the Swine Health Business Plan and how the program activities will be moving forward with partners like the National Pork Board.
Water: Not Going To Be Any Ms. Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director with California Water Alliance, passionately shares her views on the trends in the politicization of water in California and the rest of the US. Ms. Bettencourt says we [in agriculture] need to tell consumers and the public at large what we want them to know [about the water crisis]. "We have to speak to it with confidence and show that we know what we are doing".