The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in collaboration with local State Animal Health Officials, is hosting seven public meetings across the country this spring to discuss animal disease traceability (ADT) with the primary focus of traceability in the cattle and bison sectors. The initial ADT framework contained basic traceability components and was supported by the January 2013 regulation, “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate.” APHIS and State Officials will provide information on what has been accomplished as well traceability gaps or shortfalls.  The purpose of these meetings, however, is to hear from the industry on their experiences with ADT: What areas are working well?  What aspects are challenging, confusing, or problematic? How can these obstacles can be rectified?  In addition APHIS would like to obtain stakeholder views on the longer-term issues; in particular, what is the level of traceability that should be considered if we are to move beyond the basic traceability framework.

The public meetings will be held in the following locations:

·         April 11: Tower Hotel Oklahoma City, 3233 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK

·         April 13: USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD

·         April 20: Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN

·         May 2: Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN

·         May 4: Doubletree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO

·         May 11: Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA

·         May 24: Hilton Garden Inn Billings, 2465 Grant Road, Billings, MT.

If you plan to attend a meeting, we ask that you register in advance by visiting http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal-health/adt-meeting-registrations.  Same-day registration will also be available at each meeting site.