Cooperative Agreements FY 2004
Dr. Thomas J. Holt
|Will implement a comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance program in the state's
cattle herds. The program will identify best management practices for cattle producers and conduct educational programs to encourage
their adoption by producers throughout the state. A basic element in the program will be the use of electronic identification to track
cattle and to evaluate recordkeeping systems and production practices. The Seminole Tribe of Florida will cooperate in using its 12,000
head herd as a "model" herd for the program.
Dr. Jennifer Strasser
|Will continue its pre-existing program, implementing
an "Inspection-Based Quality Assurance and Certification Program for Market Cattle and Swine." This
program seeks to promote humane handling of livestock, reduce antibiotic residue violations, reduce
violations of the FDA ruminant feeding rule, and decrease numbers of diseased, dying, and disabled animals
presented for slaughter. Problems observed at processing will be traced back to the farm premises, and solutions
identified through production practices.
Dr. James Fearer
|Will collaborate with the agricultural extension service, the animal
health field force, practicing veterinarians, and dairy producer organizations to deliver information on residue avoidance
in dairy herds and on compliance with the FDA ruminant feeding rule assuring that Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has no
mechanism of spread in the state's dairy herd, should it be introduced. A model farm will be identified to demonstrate use of
production practices which support these goals.
Ms. Rose Foster
(573) 690-2153 (C)
|Will develop and implement a HACCP-compatible quality
assurance program termed "Family Farm Products—Safe from Farm to Fork" for the state's small egg and poultry
meat producers. In cooperation with local agencies and a minority university, education and training in on-farm
food safety will be provided at several locations in the state, including agricultural fairs and exhibitions.
The program Director will receive formal training in food safety policy development and risk assessment.
Dr. Anne Pierok
|Will continue its successful program in Dairy Quality Assurance, and will add
beef producers to the program. The New Jersey program is modeled after the highly-regarded New York State Cattle Health Assurance
program, and includes producer training in best management practices and formal farm audits by program professionals. The state
Department of Agriculture will act as the third-party verifier of HACCP-compatible production practice adoption on dairy and beef
Ms. Robin Burton
|Will continue the implementation of the Egg Quality Assurance Program
designed to reduce the incidence of foodborne outbreaks of Salmonella Enteritidis traced to table eggs. The program
will verify the safety of the state's table eggs by proper documentation of quality assurance standards and production practices.
Farm biosecurity and quality assurance compliance will be verified by farm audits.
Dr. Sam Holland
|Will continue its Beef Quality Assurance/Critical Management Point program
to provide education in food safety to beef producers, and to certify compliance with program standards. Will cooperate with state
university to develop CD-ROM and web-based training in HACCP-compatible beef production practices, and will certify status of producers
who use program practices. Will continue efforts to provide a national model for food safety certification of beef cattle.
Ms. Mary Morrison
|Will continue the state's dairy and beef Quality Assurance
Program, using existing materials to conduct food safety workshops for producers, make information available on
a Web site, and through tabletop presentations at industry meetings and conferences. Will develop a guide which
directs producers to the various sources of food safety information and education in the state. This guide will
include direction and information for egg and poultry meat producers, in addition to the cattle program content.
Dr. Joe Starcher
|Will continue implementation of its Dairy Quality Assurance Program
(DQAP) which seeks to educate dairy producers about HACCP-compatible production practices, and to encourage their adoption.
Will involve self assessment of safe production practice use by producers, and verification by veterinarians of program compliance.
Will utilize state university dairy herd as model for demonstration of production practices which support food safety in milk and dairy
beef. Additional funding will be sought to add a module to the DQAP to reduce or eliminate Johne's Disease in dairy herds.