College of Veterinary Medicine |
Animal Health & Food Security Policy

Healthy Animals, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

National Animal Health and Food Security Policy

At the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security


Climate change and the risk to animal health and food systems and business models for adapting



March 23 through March 27, 2015 
Program begins at 8:30 AM on March 23 and completes at 6 PM on March 27.  

This Washington D.C.-based program is focused on legislative and executive agency activity to help the U.S. food system adapt to the risk or volatility associated with climate change. Animal health and the livestock production systems have an important role in food security and are affected by climate volatility. This program will focus on both risk management and mitigation strategies for livestock and poultry value chain systems to address the long term viability of the industries. The current congressional session (114th Congress) is midway and has had difficulty finding consensus on many issues including issues around climate change. There is a growing awareness and acceptance that climate volatility is a challenge to food security (availability, access, and affordability). Through executive order, federal agencies are implementing programs and this creates an opportunity for this program to explore the interaction between legislation, regulation, advocacy, and public-private initiatives.

As a group, we will focus on risk management strategies for the food system with an emphasis on animal health, food production, and business continuity and how these strategies impact food security. An example of an approach that is both legislative and regulatory or rule-based is the farm bill. It has placed a heavy emphasis on risk management and price stability and food affordability to support national food security. By the end of the week, participants will craft a set of policy statements and deliver them to congressional representatives and strategic agency officials. The positions will be based on published research, advice from experts within and outside government with a variety of viewpoints and data, and your expertise.   

The program takes place in downtown Washington DC and we will walk, take the DC Metro, or taxi as appropriate. All meetings take place at offices of the people and organizations involved in the program.

On the first day of the program (8:30AM), participants will meet at the AAVMC Office, 1101 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 300.

Program Objectives

Program Materials

Program Schedule

Washington State University