The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
“It’s important to continue to improve animal disease prevention practices and assure animal well-being,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “For example, antimicrobial resistance is a growing public health concern for both humans and animals. By pinpointing alternative veterinary treatments, we can both address this issue and keep animals healthy.”
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The AFRI Foundational program supports research in several priority areas, including animal health. Funding promotes animal health research projects to combat disease and improve animal health to contribute toward increased safety of food supplies, reduced use of antibiotics, and improved animal well-being. Projects examine animal health and disease from the molecular level to the whole animal to provide producers with improved disease prevention, control or treatment strategies, and tools. Topics include all priority livestock and aquaculture infectious diseases (including those caused by viruses, bacteria, pests, parasites) and non-infectious diseases. Projects also evaluate current management practices and the development of new management practices that reduce animal stress and optimize sustainable production efficiency.
Fiscal year 2016 grants to 39 projects totaling $14.3 million.
Wednesday October 11, 2017/ USDA-NIFA/ United states.