USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making up to $3 million in cooperative agreement funding available to create an antimicrobial resistance dashboard. 

The tool, developed through public-private partnerships and called for by Congress, 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,” Administrator Kevin Shea said. “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.”

According to APHIS, the dashboard — which will be called the AMR Dashboard once up and running — "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."

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State ag departments, chief animal health officials, nonprofits and state livestock and veterinary groups are among the entities eligible to apply for the funding. The news represents the first time competitive funding has been available to support the One Health antimicrobial resistance challenge.

The funding will be available through Feb. 20, 2023.

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