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Animal Agriculture Leaders Empower One Health Discussions Ahead of UN General Assembly

Kansas City, Mo.听(June 12, 2024) — The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has released the white paper from the 13th听Annual Antibiotics Symposium –听Thriving in a Changing Landscape.The听听provides a summary of the science-based information presented regarding the use of antibiotics in food-animals, public and environmental health implications, and the next steps of stewardship. Though antibiotic stewardship in human and livestock medicine will continue to play an important role, other focus areas emerged throughout the symposium. The intimate relationship between people and their pets presents an ideal opportunity to transfer antimicrobial resistance between animals and humans. These intimate relationships also build strong bonds, often resulting in the pursuit of medical interventions that mirror human medicine, including the use of high-powered antibiotics.

Symposium topics included an industry report on the听current state of antibiotic stewardship from producer to processor to grocer, information on the latest antimicrobial听stewardship and resistance research, the multi-dimensional aspects of antibiotic stewardship and AMR, regulatory updates, and One Health collaborations. True to the NIAA mission, the Symposium convened animal agriculture experts and allies in a collaborative setting to explore, discuss, learn, and develop knowledge that fosters interdisciplinary cooperation for the improvement and continuous progress of animal agriculture. The closing keynote,听Dr. Karen Smith, speaker and independent consultant with decades of public health experience, left the attendees with this point to ponder, 鈥淭he best and most effective policies are built through collaboration with those who will be most affected by the policy.鈥

NIAA serves as a contractor to the Cattlemen鈥檚 Beef Board and the Antibiotics Symposium is made possible in part by the Beef Checkoff. The 2023 Symposium program set the stage for two other collaborative efforts from NIAA happening in 2024. The Pork Checkoff is supporting a One Health pork tour in Minnesota that will convene veterinary, public health, and听听Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leaders on a tour to multiple swine facilities to learn about biosecurity, stewardship practices, and more. The second convening will connect farmers and ranchers with CDC officials in Atlanta, GA prior to the UN General Assembly meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This meeting will support CDC delegates as they provide informed One Health information that includes perspectives and practical applications from experts and professionals in the animal agriculture sector.

To learn more about the upcoming听听to be held in Denver, CO at the Colorado State University SPUR Campus, November 19-21, 2024 or any of the One Health convenings, please contact Morgan Young, Director of Communications and Outreach for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture at听morgan.young@animalagriculture.org.

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