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Opportunities for U.S. Dairy in the World Market

Heeding Mark Twain’s advice that foreign travel is fatal to narrow-minded thinking, six of NMPF’s board officers joined me on a week-long trip to Europe last month. Our goal was to better understand how the U.S. dairy sector can best broaden its focus on global markets, as many major European dairy companies have successfully done. What we found in conversations with key players in Denmark, France and Germany is that America’s dairy industry has a significant opportunity to grow our share of the world market, and the time for action is now.

Demonstrating Careful Antibiotic Stewardship

The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria seen in the United States and elsewhere in the world is frequently and unfairly blamed on antibiotic use in agriculture. This is unfortunate because it tends to mask the real problem: misuse of antibiotics in human medicine. The reality is that the vast majority of the bacterial strains with resistance or reduced susceptibility to antibiotics are not foodborne pathogens, indicating that veterinary use of antibiotics is not the leading cause of these resistant bacteria.

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