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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 recent three year plan (2011-2014) the project focused on Health Care for our Food Animals. The 2017-2020 program under design will address Sustainable Livestock Production Practices.

Tri-State Project Staff

Rachel Bespuda
UConn Tri-State Project Director
            Phone: (203) 407-3172

Joseph Bonelli (UConn)
            Phone: (860) 870-6935

Katie Campbell-Nelson (UMASS)
            Phone: (413) 545-1051

Heather Faubert (URI)
            Phone: (401) 874-2967

Jean C. King, UConn


Latest from 2017 Workshops


Dr. Michael Murphy, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, presented at our 2017 workshops.  The following are links to FDA materials

Fostering Stewardship​​​​​

Honey Bees and FDA regulations

FDA VFD Information

FDA Proposes Biomass Method to Obtain Animal Antimicrobial Sales and Distribution Data

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

Report to the President on combating antibiotic resistance 

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