There is still time to register for the workshop on stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals planned for Monday, Sept. 28, in Denver. The workshop will be in the Centennial Room on the third level of the Expo Hall on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. 

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.   

Monday's free workshop, which will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT, is targeted to all pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, as well as veterinarians and feed suppliers in Colorado, Wyoming, western Kansas, western Nebraska and Utah. 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 Steve Irsik of Irsik Farms, Ingalls, KS; Del Miles, DVM, of Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, Greeley, CO; and Nathan Hubbard of Agfinity, Inc., Eaton, CO. Breakout sessions will allow producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to discuss the management challenges ahead.

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. The National Western Stock Show, BARN Media and the Western Dairy Association are cooperating partners with Farm Foundation for the Denver workshop.

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 Denver event is one of 12 workshops 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.