NIAA conference features FMD symposium

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The upcoming annual conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) in Louisville, Kentucky will feature presentations and discussions of animal-health topics, followed by a symposium focused on foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The conference, titled “Animal agriculture’s vision for feeding the world: Merging values and technology, takes place April 15 through 18. The NIAA portion of the event will include council meetings on animal health emergency management, global animal health, food security, antibiotics, animal care, animal ID and emerging diseases.

The FMD symposium begins on Wednesday, April 17. Discussions will center on:

  • Government response plans and strategies
  • Lessons learned from responses to FMD in other countries
  • Identifying strategies needed for managing movement
  • Streamlining permitting processes
  • Needed biosecurity protocols

“Having perspectives from stakeholders throughout the food supply chain at the table is essential for moving FMD preparedness forward in the United States,” states Dr. Julie Smith, Dairy Extension Specialist from Vermont and Chair of the symposium. “This is your opportunity to provide input and have an impact.”

More information including on-line registration is available on the NIAA conference website.

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Liza Bohlmann    
South Africa  |  April, 08, 2013 at 04:33 AM

FMD = Foot and mouth disease, not food and mouth. The latter is the cause of obesity.