The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will hold ID/INFO EXPO 2006, a national conference and trade show devoted to animal identification and information-systems technology.  This year’s event will take place, August 22-24 in Kansas City, Mo. 

A trade show, showcasing a variety of animal identification and information-systems technology, will take place on August 22 & 23.  In addition to the trade show, ID/INFO EXPO 2006 will feature:

August 22:

  • Pre-Conference seminar outlining NAIS basics, with species-working-group reports and a review of pending revisions to ISO standards.
  • An in-depth seminar looking at key elements of USDA’s IT Infrastructure, specifically the AIN Management System and the recently announced Animal Trace Processing System.
  • A half-day of technology seminars from the leading animal identification and traceability developers, suppliers, and information managers.

August 23:

  • USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has been invited to provide the keynote address.
  • A review of state legislative efforts to implement NAIS, including legal authority and Freedom of Information Act issues.
  • A review and discussion on NAIS education and outreach efforts.
  • A panel discussion featuring NAIS proponents and opponents, discussing the merits of a national animal identification system.

The third and final day will go beyond NAIS, and focus on the practical application of animal ID solutions. Presentations and discussions will highlight services and value-added programs that have already been implemented and are working for producers.

NIAA is offering early registration discounts with the best rates attainable by June 30.  Information, including registration, lodging, and preliminary schedule of events, is available at http://animalagriculture.org//id/IDINFOEXPO2006/Default.htm, or call (270) 782-9798.

National Institute for Animal Agriculture