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USDA Announces $3 Million in Funding Opportunities for Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard Development

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making up to $3 million in cooperative agreement funding available to create antimicrobial resistance dashboards. Addressing AMR is important to APHIS, along with the agricultural and public health sectors, because antimicrobials are some of our most critical tools for treating serious infections and saving the lives of people and animals.

These dashboard tools, developed through public-private partnerships, will be used to improve access to information on antimicrobial resistance in domesticated animals. "Public-private partnerships are an essential part of achieving our goals at APHIS," said Administrator Kevin Shea. "The dashboard tools developed through these cooperative agreements will help us better understand antimicrobial resistance in livestock, poultry, and companion animals, which ultimately helps protect public health."

Once created, the antimicrobial resistance dashboards will be used to monitor trends in antimicrobial resistance patterns, detect emerging resistance profiles, and better understand relationships between antimicrobial use and animal health management practices and antimicrobial resistance. The projects will support APHIS' goals of:

  • Developing antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools that can securely track the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant microbes in domesticated animals.
  • Identifying and/or developing methods for protecting data confidentiality of these dashboards.
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