The Agriculture Department has awarded 12 organizations and universities more than $3.2 million to create antimicrobial resistance dashboards.

Antimicrobial resistance is the threat of less effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials. In a news release, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said the awards will “help advance scientific knowledge around antimicrobial resistance.”

Recipients include the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Cornell University, Iowa State University, University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Texas Tech University, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, and the University of Washington.

APHIS will use the new dashboards to monitor trends in antimicrobial resistance patterns, detect emerging resistance, and “better understand relationships between antimicrobial use, animal health management practices and antimicrobial resistance.” 

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The projects will specifically aim to improve information available on antimicrobial resistance in livestock, poultry, and companion animals.

Money for this work was appropriated to APHIS by Congress in 2021 and 2023.

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