National Institute for Animal AgricultureA White Paper summarizing information presented at the Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability, "Bringing Industry and Regulatory Leaders Together to Create Sensible Solutions," sponsored by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the U.S. Animal Health Association, Aug. 6-7, has been released.

"This Forum provided a platform for much-needed interaction between those impacted by the animal traceability rule," stated symposium co-chair Victor Velez, California Department of Food and Agriculture,. "State, Federal and Tribal animal health officials, animal producers, veterinarians, livestock marketers and handlers and meat processors as well as state and national livestock show officials and rodeo officials openly and candidly discussed challenges of implementation-and a lot was learned from this exchange.

"The White Paper presents information delivered by speakers plus shares implementation concerns and priorities identified by participants."

The Animal Disease Traceability Forum White Paper can be accessed online at

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture provides a forum for building consensus and advancing proactive solutions for animal agriculture-the aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, goat, poultry, sheep and swine industries-and provides continuing education and communication linkages for animal agriculture professionals. NIAA is dedicated to programs that work towards the eradication of disease that pose risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being. NIAA members represent all facets of animal agriculture.
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