USDA ARS/NIFA Food Animal Production National Workshop
March 30-31, 2011
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Workshop for the Food Animal Production was held in Baltimore, Maryland on March 30 and 31, 2011. This workshop was hosted jointly by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Program 101 and the Animal Production Division of the National Institute of Agriculture (NIFA). The workshop was attended by 153 participants from academia, USDA and related Federal agencies, producers and allied stakeholders.
The objectives of the workshop were:
Provide livestock industry stakeholders with information about current ARS and NIFA programs.
Solicit direction and guidance from livestock industry stakeholders to facilitate development of USDA research, education, and extension programs to effectively address existing and emerging commodity-specific, discipline-specific, and cross-cutting issues in food animal production.
Solicit program direction and guidance for emerging food animal production issues impacting the food animal industries over the next 5-10 years.
Explore opportunities for collaboration among ARS, NIFA, allied food animal industry and academia to maximize research capability and performance by leveraging funding, physical resources, and scientific talent.
Develop new ideas to facilitate technology development, transfer, and implementation to industry.