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Animal Production and Protection
Silverstein, Jeffrey
Deputy Administrator
USDA, ARS, Office of National Programs
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville MD 20705

The mission of animal production and protection national programs is to improve the health, well-being, and efficiency of livestock, poultry, and aquatic food animals to ensure a productive and safe food supply. Emphasis is placed on germplasm characterization, improvement, and conservation; understanding the mechanisms of disease resistance, and the development of tools to prevent, control, or eradicate diseases that threaten our food supply or public health; and identifying and developing sustainable systems for production of high quality meat, milk, and eggs.

National Programs
  Animal Production and Protection
National Programs
item Food Animal Production (NP #101)
item Animal Health (NP #103)
item Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology (NP #104)
item Aquaculture (NP #106)

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