Animal Health & Food Security Policy

National Animal Health and Food Security Policy

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


Policies for managing risk in food systems from climate variability



March 27 through March 31, 2017 
Program begins at 8:30 AM on March 27 and completes at 6 PM on March 31.  

This Washington D.C. based program is focused on legislative and executive agency activity to help the U.S. food system to be climate resilient. 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 approaches and ideas to create climate resilient systems and include traditional risk management, adaptation strategies, improved climate prediction, and opportunities for community based information hubs. The goal is to create value chain systems that are sustainable and address the long term viability of the industries. The current congressional session (115th Congress) has just convened and has many significant issues pending and climate resilience is not yet on the docket. 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 have implemented programs and while some of these orders may not be sustained, 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 ways to create climate resilient food systems. The primary questions for the program are: why may climate resilience matter for food systems, who or what groups are interested, what are the gaps for being climate resilient, and what advocacy exists?  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 importantly 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 AVMA GRD office, 1910 Sunderland Place N.W. DC.

Washington State University