Obama's Antibiotic Legacy and Trump's Good for Ag
As he heads out the door, President Obama will put in place two key parts of his administration's strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture, part of a broader strategy for fighting drug-resistant germs.
By the end of December, all on-farm usage of medically important antibiotics must take place for the first time under the oversight of a veterinarian. And starting next year, no antibiotics important in human medicine will be labeled for use for growth promotion and feed efficiency.
Donald Trump's election should help ensure that farm groups can fight off challenges to agricultural programs when Congress starts work on the next farm bill in 2017, according to a veteran of multiple farm bill battles.
President of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives,
Chuck Conner said at a farm bill forum this week, Trump won the presidency "on a wave of farmer, rural America support."