Antibiotic Use and Labor in the Dairy Industry
Currently, I am continuing my agrifood and environment research with an interdisciplinary project examining antibiotic use in the dairy industry. The data from the first wave of this interdisciplinary project has been used to develop an on-farm intervention aimed at reducing antibiotic use by at least 50%; we are currently testing the intervention with an experiment involving nearly two hundred dairy farms in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. This research is supported with a USDA grant ($3 million).
This research with collaborators from Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Florida A&M University will result in a large, mixed-methods data set that also includes extensive biological data sources.
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