SMARTER PREPARATION FOR ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAK NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, participated in the first nationwide drill for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) to strengthen a plan of action preparing for a nationwide or global outbreak. Participants included USDA APHIS, Qualified State Beef Councils, state departments of agriculture, commodity groups as well as groups such as the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), the North American Deer Farmers, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. NCBA NLPA RE SULTS More than 22 groups participated in the nationwide drill + MAKING HEALTHY CONNECTIONS The National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, hosted the annual Antibiotic Symposium and the subsequent beef producer trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This provided a platform of transparency for one of the most critical health topics of our time, connecting beef producers with One Health stakeholders from the USDA, the FDA and the CDC. Uniting the One Health world with the beef community spawned new collaborative relationships between human and animal health, and most notably, a new antibiotic-focused event hosted at the Hy-Plains Feedyard.