At next week's National Pork Industry Forum, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Ron DeHaven will address pork producers on various animal health issues. Specifically, he will provide an animal identification update during the National Pork Producers Council delegate body meeting on March 4.

DeHaven manages programs that are critical to protecting America’s livestock, plants and food supply. Prior to his appointment, he served with APHIS as the nation’s chief veterinary official.

DeHaven is the second member of the Bush Administration to confirm attendance at Pork Forum. Tom Skinner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  enforcement official, also will attend the conference and speak to NPPC's Annual Membership Meeting on Friday morning, March 4.  Conference registration is required to hear DeHaven and/or Skinner speak.

The subjects for this year’s Pork Forum include environmental regulations and the air-emissions consent agreement, international trade, animal welfare, national animal identification and other legislative challenges facing the industry, such as country-of-origin labeling and mandatory price reporting. Conference sessions will feature industry experts, producer leaders and others who deal with these issues daily.

At Pork Forum, which runs from March 3-5, NPPC and the National Pork Board will conduct their annual meetings.

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National Pork Producers Council.