Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning: Applying a Full-Court Press for Animal Agriculture is the focus for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's annual meeting.

Scheduled for April 3-6, at the Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville, Ky., the annual gathering will engage producers, veterinarians, business executives, scientists, academicians, state and federal regulatory officials and other stakeholders from across the animal agriculture industry.

The theme of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning will run throughout the entire meeting, including a final symposium which will center on a hypothetical outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the U.S., according to NIAA Board member Leonard Bull, who is chairing the program committee for the symposium. 

“Increasing threats of intentional as well as the unintentional introduction of a devastating foreign animal disease, and the prospects of natural disasters such as the devastating hurricanes that we have just experienced, have us focused on the future of our industry,” said Bull, a professor of animal science at North Carolina State University and chairman of the North Carolina State Animal Response Team.  “A full-court press is needed to ensure that prevention and biosecurity measures are in place, response is rapid and deliberate, and business continuity is achievable.”

The symposium will address the steps that need to be taken from the onset of a disaster to the resumption of business and on toward full recovery and will feature some of the world’s leading experts on the disease as well as on disaster management and planning.

Program and registration information for the annual meeting and the special symposium is available on the Internet at

Source: National Institute for Aminal Agriclture