The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will focus on “One Health: Implications for Animal Agriculture” at its annual meeting scheduled for March 15-17 in Kansas City, Mo.

“One Health is a worldwide initiative focused on the interdependencies of human, animal and ecosystem health,” says Tony Forshey, co-chair of NIAA’s annual meeting. “With this concept come significantly expanded roles and expectations placed on animal agriculture and its professionals.”

NIAA’s opening general session speakers will take on the One Health initiative and strategies to shift the focus from surveillance to intervention and prevention.

The speakers’ lineup will represent active members of the One Health Commission and representatives from the veterinary and human health community, as well as animal agriculture representatives.

The general sessions and committee meetings during the three days will explore how the initiative may impact the various species and segments within production-animal agriculture and animal health management.

NIAA’s 11 species-based and issue-based committees will meet March 16-17. Issue-based committee meetings include animal care, animal health emergency management, animal health and international trade, animal-production food safety and security, emerging diseases, and animal identification and information systems. 

“NIAA’s annual meeting is an ideal place for producers, animal health and management professionals, Extension specialists and all of those involved in animal agriculture to gather and become better informed and involved regarding One Health,” Forshey adds.

Registration is $375 for NIAA members. One-day registration is available for $275. For additional information, call NIAA at (719) 538-8843.