Management structure: The Project Director (PD), Dr. Jeong from the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) and the Department of Animal Sciences will have the responsibility of coordinating the project and assessing progress towards each of the objectives. Dr. Jeong’s position is ideal for this role because he works at the interphase of all different aspects of the project, collaborating daily with his peers at the Emerging Pathogen Institute and in the Department of Animal Sciences. Periodic updates and meetings will occur between Dr. Jeong and the entire committee to ensure close communication. Figure 1 shows the overall structure of the project and the integration of extension and research.
Communication Strategy: The interdisciplinary nature of the team is its greatest strength, and thus, to allow sufficient time to discuss findings as the project progresses, proper communication channels need to be in place. Because of the dynamic nature of this project, a monthly meeting will be conducted to discuss the findings and report progress toward achievement of the different objectives. For example, as data from the laboratory of Dr. Jeong is generated on the initial evaluation of the prevalence of antibiotic resistant microorganisms (ARMs) in cattle herds in Florida, it will be important to start identifying possible risk factors, which later will be the target of the extension efforts. Periodic meetings of an interdisciplinary team, such as this, will be essential in identifying possible causes of the problem (e.g., producer practices, biological mechanisms, public health factors, management practices of the cattle industry, etc.).
Publications and Production of Extension Deliverables: The project team, with the coordination of the Project Director, will publish the findings from Aim #1. 2, 3, and #4 in scientific journals in a timely manner to ensure the distribution of important information to researchers and stakeholders. The production of extension deliverables will be disseminated through eXtension and using the Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension (EDIS; http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/). Other outlets, such as the Journal of Extension (www.joe.org) will be considered for additional extension publications.
External Advisory Committee: The external advisory committee is established to evaluate the quality, expected measurable outcomes, potential impacts of the research, and provide education and extension for the project. This group of distinguished experts is comprised of extension District Directors, state officials, and independent consultants. This advisory group will evaluate this project at the end of each year and suggest modified directions if necessary. The following persons have agreed to be part of the advisory group:
Dr. J. Glenn Morris, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., T.M. – Dr. Morris is currently the Director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.
Dr. Nick Place, Ph.D. – Dr. Place is currently the Dean and Director of Extension for IFAS at the University of Florida.
Mr. Jim Handley – Mr. Handley is the executive vice president of the Florida Cattlemen Association.
Dr. Mike Lauzardo, M.D. – Dr. Lauzardo is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the Southeastern National Tuberculosis center.
Dr. Guiroy, Ph.D. – Dr. Guiroy is Global Beef Nutrition and Innovation Manager at the Cargill.
Dr. Sebastian Galindo, Ph.D. – Dr. Galindo (collaborator of this grant) will serve as a internal evaluator.