A national summit highlighting policy, education and economic issues surrounding the stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals will take place Jan. 20-21 in Washington DC.

A collaboration of the Farm Foundation, the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges and several other organizations, the summit will highlight the diverse issues involved in antimicrobial stewardship, organizers said.

Targeted to veterinarians, livestock producers, feed suppliers, academics and government agency staff, the summit is an opportunity to advance the conversation about the changing landscape of antimicrobial drug use, according to a Farm Foundation news release.

The summit will include a report of findings compiled by Farm Foundation after conducting 12 workshops across the nation on new policies issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on use of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, the news release said.

The summit also will focus on how agriculture and animal health can be full partners with the human medical community in an integrated national action plan to reduce and mitigate antibiotic resistance, the Farm Foundation said.

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