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Date: 7/17/2014

Title: Antimicrobial Resistance Research is the Main Focus at FDA Staff College

NCBA is continuing its educational efforts in Washington by bringing industry experts to speak to the staff of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center of Veterinary Medicine.  Education has always been and remains to be a top priority for NCBA and bringing producers and industry experts to D.C. is one way grassroots members can be involved in the policy process. This week Dr. Mike Apley, clinical pharmacologist, veterinarian and professor at Kansas State University, spoke about some of the latest research on antimicrobial resistance and Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

Conversations in Washington around antimicrobial resistance continue so it is important that we have a balanced scientific discussion on this complex issue. Apley pointed out that being educated about antimicrobial resistance is important so that veterinarians and producers practice judicious use of these technologies.  He explained that antibiotics should only be used when they are needed and effective so exposure can be minimized. During the presentation, Apley went on to show specific examples of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and when treatment would have and would not have been effective.

Allowing industry experts and grassroots members to present their knowledge and experience makes the strongest impression in D.C. For more than five years, NCBA has been working to educate Capitol Hill and federal agencies about the beef industry. Apley is the fourth expert NCBA has invited inside the beltway for the FDA staff briefing. NCBA has utilized this opportunity to educate about The Beef Quality Assurance Program, the cow-calf sector, the feedlot sector and now, the latest antimicrobial resistance research.

In addition to participating in the FDA Staff College, NCBA hosts a similar opportunity on Capitol Hill known as Beef 101, an education series to inform congressional staff about current issues in the U.S. cattle industry. NCBA will take advantage of any opportunity to educate policy staff to share the diversity of America’s cattle industry.