“BioFuels Energy: Animal Agriculture at the Crossroads" is the theme of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Annual Meeting, April 2-5, in Sacramento, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency.   

"With all of the emphasis on biofuels, what impact will that have on animal agriculture?" questions Jim Fraley, chair of the event’s planning committee.  "Will it mean higher feed costs? If so, how will we pass those costs along?  Those will be the questions we"ll look at during the annual meeting.”

The Opening General Session on April 2, will present keynote speakers who will kick off this discussion. Multiple seminars hosted by NIAA’s 12 species-based and issues-based committees will address other important issues on April 3 and 4. Then on April 5, as in past years, there will be a special issue-oriented symposium, which will address the role of animal agriculture and how to protect human health.  Case study scenarios will focus on protecting and safeguarding the U.S. food supply.

“Information regarding session speakers and special events will be updated on the NIAA Web site,” Fraley notes.

There are a variety of registration options, including discounted rates for students. To attend the entire NIAA meeting and symposium, the cost to NIAA members is $270; for non-NIAA members, the cost is $345. Single-day or combination-day registrations also are available. Meeting and symposium registration, hotel reservations and general information, including a tentative schedule of events, are available on the NIAA Web site at www.animalagriculture.org.