National Program in Food Animal Production (101)
Retrospective Accomplishment Report
Pressure to feed a projected nine billion people by 2050 make the role of the USDA/ARS critically important and underscores the importance of this retrospective review of National Program 101 (NP101) and the subsequent 5 years programming planning process. To remain competitive in the face of extraordinary growth in animal production systems around the world, the animal industries in the United States must continue to focus on increasing production efficiencies through the development and adoption of scientific technologies. The application of new tools in genomics, metagenomics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, and molecular biology in concert with animal health and in support of traditional husbandry, animal welfare and ecosystem services will continue to improve the long tradition of global economic competitiveness and sustainability of U.S. food animal production.
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National Program 101 - Food Animal Production
The retrospective assessment of the USDA Agricultural Research Service National Program 101 in Food Animal Production was conducted by a review team of nine scientists external to ARS with expertise in areas of animal physiology, nutrition, meat science, genetics, immunology and animal production. The team met in Beltsville, MD on February 9 and 10, 2011 to conduct a 5 year retrospective review. It is noted that the current 5 year program is three years into the 5 year program and the review is based on the activities and accomplishments of the 3 year period. The NP 101 is one of the largest programs in the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
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