The implementation of a U.S. national animal identification system will be the topic at the upcoming ID INFO EXPO 2009 Aug. 25-27. Sponsored by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture, the Expo will take place at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

The EXPO, now in its eighth year, provides a unique national forum in which all livestock stakeholders can convene to discuss issues surrounding the implementation of a national animal identification system.

Individuals who want to speak out and be heard regarding the animal identification and share ideas to further participation in NAIS are urged to attend the Expo. The meeting will center on the theme “The ID Mandate: Meeting Consumer and Government Demands” and will include presentations, discussion sessions and a tradeshow.

“ID Info Expo 2009 aligns with NIAA’s mission to provide a forum for building consensus and advance solutions for animal agriculture — in this case animal identification,” states Glenn Fischer, chairman of the Expo Planning Committee. “This is a national forum where individuals — producers, regulatory, scientists, educators, state and national livestock leaders and allied industry — can come together, address specific concerns and be heard. All conference sessions will be informative, interactive and solution-oriented.

“At the conclusion of the conference, our goal is to have identified solutions that will help advance a system that is animal health driven, moves toward 48-hour traceability and helps preserve the profitability of our animal agriculture industry,” Fischer said

Fischer explains that the conference is designed so those attending can arrive Tuesday morning, Aug. 25, and depart Thursday afternoon, Aug. 27. Conference sessions will start Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. and conclude Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Individuals who register prior to July 17 receive a $50 discount and can register for $425. Cost of registration for NIAA members registering before July 17 is $375.

Rooms can be reserved online at www.animalagriculture.org or by calling the Westin Crown Center and 816-474-4400 and requesting the ID INFO EXPO group rate.

Source: NIAA