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Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage a full range of stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy proposals, and give voice to new proposals. Speakers provide brief topic summaries, with the majority of time devoted to discussion.

The opinions and views expressed at Farm Foundation Forums are solely those of the speakers, and do not represent those of Farm Foundation, NFP.

Forums take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 

The next Forum will be THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015.

Topic: Challenges in Managing Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food-Producing Animals

In December 2012, FDA issued Guidance for Industry 209, The Judicious Use of Medically-Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals. It provided a framework “…for the voluntary adoption of practices to ensure the appropriate or judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals.” In December 2013 FDA issued Guidance 213, which provided recommendations for drug sponsors for voluntarily aligning product use conditions with the framework laid out in Guidance 209, phasing out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes (growth promotion). In addition to phasing out the use of antimicrobials for growth promotion, Guidance 213 provides for increased veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobial drugs. FDA established a three-year timeline for phasing in the guidance. Most recently, FDA has also amended its Veterinary Feed Directive to require producers to have veterinary approval for the use of medically-important antibiotics in feed. 

This Forum will examine the challenges faced by livestock producers, veterinarians and government agencies in managing antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals.

Presenters: Farm Foundation, NFP President Neil Conklin will moderate the Forum, with the panel to include:

  • Cheri DeJong, a Texas dairy farmer,
  • Grady Bishop, Senior Director, North America Market Access, Elanco Animal Health,
  • William Flynn, MD, Director of Science Policy at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, and
  • John Clifford, DVM, Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

This Forum will be audiocast.  Those participants viewing by audiocast will hear the discussions, view the PowerPoints and participate in the question and answer session.  The audiocast is made possible with a grant from Farm Credit. 

Registration: There is no charge to participate in the Forum but registration is requested.

CLICK HERE to register to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club.

CLICK HERE to register for the live audiocast.

For those unable to attend in person or listen to the live audiocast, an audio file of the Forum discussions is posted in the Forum Archives (access below) after the event.

Future Forums: 
July 15, 2015
September 16, 2015
November 10, 2015
January 27, 2016
March 2, 2016
April 18, 2016

Who should participate: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, Embassy staff, industry representatives, NGO representatives, nutritionists, the medical community, feeding organizations, rural development interests and members of the media.

The Forums fit the Farm Foundation, NFP mission to work as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Farm Foundation has an 82-year history of objectivity. It does not lobby or advocate. The Forums are opportunities to identify evolving issues, explore options to address those issues, and understand the potential consequences of those options.

The Forums have been ongoing since February 2006.

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