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Source: National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)

Google' Livestock Traceability and you will get over 386,000 results. You will see ads for traceability technology, PDFs of reports from state and federal government programs and articles about what other countries are doing. Organizations and publications have commentaries on "What You Need to Know."

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the US Animal Health Association (USAHA) are co-hosting an upcoming 1 1/2 day Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability in Denver, CO in September on this important topic vital to animal agriculture.

It will provide not just presentations and information, but an opportunity to hear from those who are at the forefront of the programs and technology and to be a part of the decision-making process of what Livestock Traceability programs will do next.

Updates on the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program will include reviewing the feedback and recommendations garnered from public meetings and working groups from around the US. Speaker Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services says Forum participants will have an opportunity to discuss those recommendations and suggestions, which will help the USDA to consider how to move forward with ADT from a program perspective.

"We want to be on the same road with the industry," Hammerschmidt continues. "We want to know that we have significant support to make sure we have a program that works for everyone."

There will be several panel discussions with State Veterinarians, who will examine how traceability rules are enforced, implications for livestock markets and how technology has been developing along with evolving traceability demands. Another discussion will focus on the implications of Livestock Traceability for rodeos, fairs & exhibitions.

In addition to these discussions, attendees, which will include producers, state animal health officials, representatives from the Veterinary Services area of the USAHA and many other stakeholders from animal agriculture, will be encouraged to participate, ask questions and share experiences.

The Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability will be held September 26-27, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Denver Stapleton North, Denver, Colorado.

View the entire AGENDA HERE.

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