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January 7, 2015

Consumers pay attention when they hear "antibiotic resistance". Images of killer bacteria and the real possibility that medicines will stop working are on their mind. What are some of the policy and science conversations occurring across the world on antibiotic use?

Consumers are concerned about antibiotic resistance and are demanding action from farmers and ranchers. Physicians worry that antibiotic over use in human health will also be impacted. To help understand the issues, researchers and experts from all aspects of human and animal health came together to continue the dialog and make plans for change around the use of antibiotics.

November 4, 2013

What is "Emergency Management and IT"?

Emergency Management and IT: EMRS of Tomorrow and More - John Picanso, Chief Information Officer, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 1, 2013

When you think of agriculture and technology, many people invision tractors. Yes, tractors are some of the technology farmers and ranchers use. But other technologies, like information technology and biotechnology, as also key tools needed for agriculture to succeed.

This year's National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference provided a cross-section of the livestock industry unlike any other event. Gathered in one location are Beef, Dairy, Swine, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Aquaculture - every important segment of meat protein production in the U.S.

December 3, 2012

Is human antimicrobial resistance a result of animal agriculture's use of these important tools? How will current legislative initiatives affect our access and administration? Is there a track record in other countries to guide our decision-making?

Is human antimicrobial resistance a result of animal agriculture's use of these important tools? How will current legislative initiatives affect our access and administration? Is there a track record in other countries to guide our decision-making?


The One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Symposium gathered prominent speakers and industry insiders in a unique round-table work environment.

June 4, 2012

What are some of the issues facing animal agriculture? Issues like improving animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health are top of mind.

The 2012 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Meeting offered many opportunities to learn more about the issues within animal agriculture and what solutions are being pursued. Core to the conversations was the topic of living in a world of decreasing resources & increasing regulation.

Held March 26 - 29, 2012, in Denver, CO, USA, people from many parts of the country representing multiple species learn about the efforts to improve animal identification and its systems, emergency management, emerging diseases, and global animal health.

May 29, 2012

What are the practical applications of genomic technology on dairy and beef farms?

Practical Application of Genomic Technology with Q&A - Adam Griffin, Herd Advancement Services, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

Who is involved in PRRS detection and elimination? Dr. Bob Morrison, Professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, provides a series of update on regional PRRS elimination efforts.

Update on Regional PRRS Elimination Efforts - Dr. Bob Morrison, Professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

How are antimicrobials in poultry developing as an approach? Dr. Christine Hoang, American Veterinary Medical Association, provides details on antimicrobial use in poultry, the food safety oversights, and what producers need to be aware of in day to day production.

Antimicrobials in Poultry - Dr. Christine Hoang, American Veterinary Medical Association, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

How does antimicrobial use in poultry production work? Dr. Hector Cervantes, Senior Manager for Poultry Technical Services, Phibro Animal Health, shares how subtherapeutic levels are used to prevent subclinical diseases to maintain enteric health. Dr. Cervantes contrasts this with therapeutic levels to treat and control diseases like necrotic enteritis or systemic E. Coli infections.

Antimicrobial Use In Poultry Production - Dr. Hector Cervantes, Senior Manager for Poultry Technical Services, Phibro Animal Health, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

What are the requirements for detecting and preventing drug residue in the milk supply? The dairy industry provides to all dairy producers the tools to help understand and implement drug residues in the milk supply. Dr. Karen Jordan, Dairy Farmers of America, provides insight on the procedures and documents available to dairy producers.

Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention - Dr. Karen Jordan, Dairy Farmers of America, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

What does the proposed restructuring of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) look like? Dr. Lanny Pace, Executive Director, Mississippi State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, aims to provide broad exposure of the NAHLN restructuring and answer questions.

The Proposed Restructuring of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) - Dr. Lanny Pace, Executive Director, Mississippi State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

What are some of the food safety rules related to the FDA Egg Safety Rule? Gene Gregory provides history of the rules and how they have evolved.

FDA Egg Safety Rule: Impact Upon Egg Farmers and United Egg Producers (UEP) 5-Star Egg Safety Program - Gene Gregory, President, United Egg Producers, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Update: This presentation has been removed at the presenter's request.

May 29, 2012

Veterinarians and computer IT folks don't speak the same launguage. Yet, information technology plays a critical role in animal identification, standards, and software to help pull together efficient and accurate animal identification systems.

Panel Discussion: Industry Compatibility – How do we make this happen? - Dr. James Moest, Lena Veterinary Clinic, Lena, IL, Practicing Veterinarian; Dr. Jim Logan, Wyoming Livestock Board, State Animal Health Official; Dr. Keith Roehr, State Veterinarian, Colorado Department of Agriculture; and John Picanso, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 29, 2012

How is animal identification information getting collected in slaughter houses? Zach Ireland provides a detailed account on what is done and who plays a part. He also provides input into proposed updates to rules on animal identification. Electronic id methods are the best because of data integrity and quick collection.

Infrastructure to Collect Electronic Devices Information at Slaughter Plants - Zach Ireland, Director of Grading, JBS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

What are the beef and dairy animal welfare market threats and opportunities? Dr. Glynn Tonsor outlines an ongoing study that researches the disconnect between animal producers and consumers across the nation.

Benchmarking Industry Self-Perceptions Regarding Animal Welfare - Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

Who are the players in the use of electronic interstate certificates of veterinary inspection (a.k.a. eICVIs)? Dr. Jim Logan, Wyoming Livestock Board, shares his perspective and highlights the players in the industry.

State Animal Health Official Perspective on the Use of electronic interstate certificates of veterinary inspection (eICVIs) - Dr. Jim Logan, Wyoming Livestock Board, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

Approximately two-thirds of countries world wide have foot and mouth disease (FMD). If the U.S. were to have an FMD outbreak it would have a serious financial impact on the milk industry. Dr. Pam Hullinger provides a summary and highlights some of the issues of being prepared for FMD, why it is important, and the current focus of the Secure Milk Supply project.

Foot and Mouth Disease Continuity of Business Planning: Current Focus and Progress to Date - Dr. Pam Hullinger, University of California, Davis Department of Veterinary Medicine & Epidemiology, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

What are some of the swine health programs run under the USDA and how are they doing? Dr. Troy Bigelow provides an update on the programs, where additional surveillance is needed, and what the future looks like. Take away: surveillance activities will continue to evolve and become more comprehensive.

Swine Health Program Update - Dr. Troy Bigelow, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

The administration of official animal ID devices and their use is reviewed by Neil Hammerschmidt from the USDA. Neil also highlights some of the proposed policy and regulation activity currently in development.

USDA’s Perspective on How It Will Work - Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager of Animal Identification Program, USDA/APHS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 3, 2012

There are few drugs labeled for use by goats. What are goat farmers to do? Tom Boyer, President, American Goat Federation, shares an update and highlights the value of goats as a versatile farm animal. He then points out some of the challenges to keeping goats healthy with off label use of pharmaceuticals.

Lack of Approved Pharmaceutics Restrains U.S. Goat Industry - Tom Boyer, President, American Goat Federation, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 1, 2012

Air quality in and around livestock operation is of interest to many people. How to monitor and what tools are available? This presentation shares info on an air quality tools and their pro/con of use.

Air Emissions and Livestock Production - Cyrstal Warner, Colorado State University, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 1, 2012

Knowing how the environmental cycle works is important to those that depend on grazing lands. Dr. Jack Morgan provides some insight on the environmental science and what farm / ranch managers need to know when selecting grasslands and forage options.

Grazinglands and Global Climate Change: What is the Science Telling Us? - Dr. Jack Morgan, USDA/ARS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 1, 2012

Dr. Jerry Black highlights the outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak, where it started, what happened, and the upcoming consequences. Dr. Black details the industry response to the outbreak plus lessons learned.

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) Outbreak: 2011 National Cutting Event – Lessons Learned - Dr. Jerry Black, Director, Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

May 1, 2012

Gary Baise paints not a very rosy picture of agriculture. He suggests that the social contract between agriculture and America has been broken.

Legal Threats to Animal Agriculture - Gary Baise, Illinois Farmer & Attorney, Olsson Frank & Weeda PC, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.