Antibiotics in the Dairy Farm Environment
Leveraging farmers’ knowledge for healthy farm management
Farmers use antibiotics to keep their herds healthy. But what happens when these antibiotics end up in manure? Transporting antibiotic-ridden waste can lead to increased antimicrobial resistance genes in the environment, affecting human and livestock health as well as soil and water microbiomes. In this project, Christine Georgakakos is analyzing how New York dairy farmers make antibiotic-related decisions and how farmers think about residues moving around their farms. Using interviews and focus groups on both conventional and organic farms, this project connects farmers’ knowledge with laboratory experiments to make better management suggestions and inform researchers, policy makers and farmers alike.
Topics: Food and Agriculture
- Graduate student: Christine Georgakakos, biological and environmental engineering
Special committee chair:
M. Todd Walter, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Cornell Cooperation Extension of Tompkins County
- Cornell partner: PRO-DAIRY
Engaged Graduate Student Grants
Supporting Ph.D. students in any field — whether they are experienced in community-engaged research and scholarship or just getting started.