The National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2009 annual meeting will be held March 31-April 1 at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky. This year's theme will be: The Changing Face of Animal Agriculture.

Mark Engle, DVM, NIAA annual meeting planning group vice chair, said the NIAA's annual meeting is more than just the opening general session. "Committee sessions are a big part of NIAA's annual meeting, and it is in the committee sessions where animal agriculture is shaped," Engle said. "Committee members are integrally involved in addressing key issues affecting animal agriculture." NIAA has long played a strong role in the health aspect of the national livestock, dairy and poultry herd. 

In addition to the species-specific committees, NIAA has six issue-based committees: animal care; animal health emergency management; animal health and international trade; animal identification and information systems; animal production food safety and security; and emerging diseases. "You can pick and choose from among these issue-based committees or move from one committee meeting to the other," Engle notes. 

Registration for the two-day event is $450, with a $50 discount if you register before Feb. 20. Additional discounts are available to NIAA full members and affiliate members along with a New Member incentive. To learn more about the NIAA's 2009 annual meeting or to register for the meeting, visit click here or call (270) 782-9798.