Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Workshop in Idaho Thursday will examine stewardship of 
 antimicrobial drug use in food animals

OAK BROOK, IL--There is still time to register for the workshop on stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals planned for Thursday, Oct. 15, at the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID. 

Organized by Farm Foundation, NFP, the workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as the FDA's revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These actions mean some drugs will see label changes allowing only therapeutic uses, and use of some drugs will require veterinary oversight in the form of a veterinarian's prescription, direct administration by a veterinarian, or a veterinary consultation on disease management protocols.  

The Oct. 15 workshop will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT in the Rick Allen Room of the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls. The Idaho State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a cooperating partner for this workshop.  

This workshop is targeted to all pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, as well as veterinarians and feed suppliers in Idaho, Washington, eastern Oregon, northern Utah, northern Nevada, western Wyoming and western Montana. The workshop is also an opportunity for the staff of state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and the Cooperative Extension Service to gain insights into the changes, and tools needed to meet the requirements. 

Representatives from FDA and USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will be at the workshop to answer questions and gain feedback from participants. The program will also include comments from Marty Short of the Intermountain Farmers Association, as well as a producer and a veterinarian from the region.   

There is no charge to participate. Advance registration is requested but not required. Registration can be completed online or by going to the Farm Foundation website.  

To gauge awareness of the changes being put in place by FDA, and to learn more about the potential implications of these changes, Farm Foundation is asking stakeholders to complete a brief survey. The survey is open to all livestock producers, feed suppliers and veterinarians, whether or not you attend the workshop. CLICK HERE to complete the survey. Survey results will only be gathered and reported in the aggregate. Survey results will be shared with workshop participants.

The Twin Falls workshop is one of 12 Farm Foundation is conducting across the country. Comments gathered at the workshops will be the basis of a report assessing the economic and physical challenges facing producers as they implement the GFIs and revised VFD. Informational and educational needs will also be evaluated, as well as the role of veterinarians in monitoring and managing antimicrobial drug use. The report will be presented at a national summit to be convened by Farm Foundation in late fall 2015.  

FDA's GFI 209 and GFI 213 call on animal drug sponsors of approved medically-important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove production uses (i.e., to promote growth or improve feed efficiency) from their product labels, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products--to treat, control, or prevent disease--under the oversight of a veterinarian. Manufacturers of products containing these medically-important antimicrobial drugs have voluntarily agreed to submit changes to their product labels to comply with the GFIs. FDA's revised VFD addresses the increased veterinary oversight of medicated feeds called for by GFI 209 and 213.  

Farm Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been serving agriculture, the food system and rural communities since 1933. Farm Foundation is a non-advocacy organization--it does not lobby or advocate positions. The Foundation's action comes in bringing industry leaders together to address evolving issues that will shape the future of the industry. Stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals is just such an issue.

In addition to Farm Foundation's leadership, individual producers and many companies are providing financial support for this educational effort. These include JBS United, Hormel Foods Corporation, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Rose Acre Farms, Elanco Animal Health, J.R. Simplot Company, Irsik Farms, Hardin Farms, C-ARC Enterprises, National Pork Producers Council, the National Pork Board, North American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Western Dairy Association,. BARN Media and the National Western Stock Show. 

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