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This project is designed to increase engagement of Cooperative Extension Personnel in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Departments of Agriculture, other state and local agencies, USDA agencies and NGOs, and farmers in the production, processing and marketing of natural locally grown meats and other products for consumers. From 2008 to 2011 project work focused on increasing production of local meat in the region. The tri-state project worked to improve livestock producers' and agricultural service providers' knowledge and skills in the areas of forages and grazing, studied the relationship between local meat production and animal processing, and created a strategic plan to increase the production and availability of local meats.

In the current three year plan (2011-2014) the project is focusing on the benefits of year-round, grass-fed meat production. Educational programs are being offered in each of the three states on topics that include: animal selection/breeding, seasonal nutrition for animals, environmental impacts of year-round production, facility design/maintenance, and alternative forage options.

Project Leadership:

Tri-State Project P.I.s

Project Coordinator


September 13, 2017

Kingston, Rhode Island

Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture 

 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Rhode Island,
East Farm, Building 7
2163 Kingstown Rd. (Route 108) Kingston, RI


Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture after 1 January 2017

Michael Murphy, Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

USDA Veterinary Services – An Exploration of What it Means to Safeguard Animal Agriculture

Valerie Koenig, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS
(Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)
Kimberly A. Haling, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS

The VFD in Practice: What the Veterinary Feed Directive means for producers, feed mills, and veterinarians, and the pharmaceutical industry

Laura Harthan, Feed Commodities International
Kevin Tobey, DVM, Elanco Dairy Portfolio Representative


Contact: Jean King




New Agricultural Applications for Antimicrobials.
A Danger to Human Health: An Official Position Statement of the
Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Samuel L. Aitken, Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston;Thomas J. Dilworth, Department of
Pharmacy, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis, Milwaukee;  Emily L. Heil, Deprtment of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore;  Michael D. Nailor, Department of Pharmacy Services, Hartford Hospital, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut.;
PHARMACOTHERAPY Volume 36, Number 4, 2016


September 2014

by the President’s Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology (PCAST)

What Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug
Discovery Means for US, CT

June 7, 2016 WNPR Broadcast - link to live podcast