This year's National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Annual Conference theme of "U.S. Animal Agriculture's Future Role in World Food Production: Obstacles & Opportunities" focuses on the globalization of food production.

Disease traceability, feed issues, hormone and antibiotic use, GMO's, animal welfare and sustainability, influence world herd health, while market–driven value added programs and financial trends impact productivity here at home. 

The NIAA Annual Conference will be held April 3–6 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, OH. A pre–conference Ag Tour of area industries will be offered on April 3rd. 

Following the 2017 Annual Conference, an added day on April 6th will feature a workshop themed "Animal Care Standards – How Laws, Company Commitments, and Public Perception Have Changed the Landscape" which will concentrate on animal welfare and well–being.

The full agenda and registration information are available online from NIAA.