NIAA Antibiotics Symposium Brings Together Industry Leaders in Animal and Human Health
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium, November 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown. This year’s conference is titled, Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management and will be a unique forum bringing together leading researchers, government officials, retailers, and industry professionals in animal and human health.
Dr. Steve Solomon will be the Symposium’s moderator and brings over 30 years experience with the National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Center for Disease Control. He currently owns a consulting agency -- Global Public Health Consulting. “This is not just a gathering to discuss the challenges faced by the varied sectors,” says Dr. Solomon. “It is about a rich exchange of information, the development of a metrics framework, and moving forward on this very contentious and vital subject.”
NIAA has been at the forefront of driving the conversation about antibiotic use in animal agriculture and the related human health component. With increased consumer interest on this subject, and government focus on the rise, solutions from this diverse group of professionals and leaders will go a long way in filling the information gap that exists in the public and private sectors.
Solomon goes on to say, “It’s important to hear from people we don’t necessarily agree with. Everyone’s goal is to use antibiotics in an optimal way.”
NIAA Leaders named among other veterinarians to Ag Secretary's Animal Health Advisory Committee
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.
Among those who have been appointed to serve on the committee through June 2017 are a few NIAA leaders. Dr. Mark J. Engle, technical services manager, swine business unit, for Merck Animal Health and Dr. Annette Jones, state veterinarian and director of animal health and food safety services from California. Jones is Past Chairman of the Board and Engle currently serves on the Board of Directors.
The committee will provide outside perspectives on U.S. Department of Agriculture strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control and/or eradicate animal health diseases, according to a USDA news release. The committee also will lead broader dialogue on public health concerns and the stability of the livestock economies, the release said.
The committee’s next meeting will take place in the coming months.
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Long time member, Malcolm Harvey, President of the Fort Supply Technologies, joined the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in order to support livestock agriculture by staying connected with customers.
Malcolm, along with his brothers Nephi and Ian, and cousin Stosh, come from a background rich in American history and ranching. Their father bought what used to be U.S. Fort Supply, the last supply point for settlers on their way west into the Salt Lake Valley, to start a cow/calf operation. Though Malcolm, Nephi and Ian finished college and started their own careers in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry, they saw a need within the agricultural industry. In 2006 they joined together to leverage their diverse technical experience to start Fort Supply Technologies in order to help livestock stake holders meet Animal Disease Traceability (then National Animal Identification System, NAIS) requirements.
“The practical use of technologies, specifically communication systems, will tie our industry together in an unprecedented coalition to market our message and provide meaningful motivation towards positive change,” Malcolm said.
Fort Supply Technologies has been fortunate to work with this group of agricultural professionals at a time when the growing world population needs a safe, sustainable and healthy source of protein. Progressive livestock managers are known for their independence but also their innovation to try something new. Fort Supply Technologies specialize in livestock identification and software products for applications which build on the advances of current and emerging technologies.
“The mission and goals of Fort Supply and NIAA are extremely synergistic,” Malcolm said. “The products and services of Fort Supply bridge the gap between productivity enhancement and new regulatory ADT rules.”