The workshops will be Aug. 14 in Raleigh, N.C.; Aug. 18, Dover, Del.; Aug. 20, Albany, N.Y.; Aug. 25, Birmingham, Ala.; Sept. 9, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Sept. 11, Amarillo, Texas; Sept. 16, Ames, Iowa; Sept. 28, Denver, Colo.; Oct. 6, Davis, Calif.; Oct. 13, Rapid City, S.D.; Oct. 15, Twin Falls, Idaho; and Oct. 22, Lexington, Ky.
The workshops will focus on FDA's GFI 209 and GFI 213. These GFIs call on animal drug sponsors of approved medically-important antimicrobial drugs administered through medicated feed or water to remove production uses from labels and bring the remaining therapeutic uses under veterinarian oversight by December 2016.
The workshops include presentations by producer leaders, the local veterinary community, and representatives from the regional feed industry, as well as comments from officials of FDA and USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
A major part of the agenda is designated for producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to identify and discuss the management challenges ahead.
Livestock producers' understanding of FDA antibiotic changes
To gauge awareness and implications of FDA's animal antibiotic changes, Farm Foundation, NFP is asking stakeholders to complete a brief survey.
The survey is open to all livestock producers, feed suppliers and veterinarians, regardless of workshop attendance. Survey results will only be gathered and reported in the aggregate. Survey results will be shared with workshop participants.
Comments gathered at the 12 workshops also will be compiled in 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.
Farm Foundation will convene a national summit in late fall 2015 for farmers, ranchers, feed suppliers, veterinarians, academics and government agency staff to address the issues identified in the regional workshops. This will also be an opportunity to advance the conversation on the industry's adaptation to the changing landscape of antimicrobial drug use.
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 and North American Meat Institute.
Access more information on Farm Foundation's webinars and animal antibioitcs survey online.