National summit examines policy, education and economics of antimicrobial stewardship

Leaders in the veterinary and human health communities, the livestock sector, consumer groups and federal and state regulatory agencies will gather in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20-21 to discuss policy, education and economic issues of the stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in food animals.
The national summit, Antibiotic Stewardship: Policy, Education and Economics, will convene at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. The summit continues through Thursday, Jan. 21.
A collaboration of Farm Foundation, NFP, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges (AAVMC) and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), the summit will highlight the diverse issues involved in stewardship of antimicrobial drug use. The program is targeted to livestock producers, feed suppliers, veterinarians, academics and government agency staff. The summit is an opportunity to advance the conversation on the industry’s adaptation to the changing landscape of antimicrobial drug use. A full agenda of the summit is available.
Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, is featured among the speakers. She will present a keynote address at noon on Thursday, Jan. 21. Other featured speakers include:
  • Bernadette Dunham, DVM, Ph.D., Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
  • William Flynn, DVM, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine;
  • Larry Granger, DVM, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;
  • Steve Solomon, MD, Global Public Health Consulting;
  • Liz Wagstrom, DVM, National Pork Producers Council;
  • Christine Hoang, DVM, MPH, CPH, American Veterinary Medical Association;
  • Ashley Predith, Ph.D., President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; and
  • Livestock producers, feed suppliers, veterinarians and university leaders from across the nation.
The summit will include the release of a report by Farm Foundation of findings from 12 workshops conducted across the nation on new FDA policies regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. The workshops were an opportunity for livestock producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to broaden their understanding of the new policies, and for producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to give feedback to FDA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on the management challenges of the policy implementation.
The summit will also focus on how agriculture and animal health can be full partners with the human medical community in a fully integrated national action plan to reduce and mitigate antibiotic resistance. The basis of these discussions is a report, Addressing Antibiotic Resistance, issued in October 2015 by a joint task force of APLU and AAVMC.
ERS will lead sessions examining the economics of antibiotic use in U.S. livestock production, as well as the interaction of farming practices and the requirements of food marketers.
There is no fee to attend the summit but registration is requested and can be completed online.
Preceding the summit on the morning of Jan. 20 will be a Farm Foundation Forum on the topic: Antibiotic Use in Humans and Animals. Participating in that discussion will be Terry Coffey of Smithfield Foods; Steve Solomon of Global Public Health Consulting; Jerome Lyman, retired executive at McDonald’s Corporation; and Kathy Talkington of Pew Charitable Trusts.